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Today’s reading is Romans 9: 1-18 When I read Romans 9 through 11, I think of the words of one of my first mentors in ministry, Dr. Harold Bryson. Dr. Bryson taught for years at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and … Continue reading
Ok, today’s reading is one of those passages that you need to get. Really, this is one of those readings that is just key. Understanding this is so important to your faith, to your life, to your view of God, your view of yourself, everything, everything, everything.
Listen to what it says in Ephesians 2: 8-10:
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Dr. Barry Bryant was one of my main professors in seminary. And Dr. Bryant used to always tell us this – “You tell me what you think about grace, and I can tell you what you think about everything else.”
Grace is so key to faith. It is so key to understanding God, us, our calling, our salvation, our Christian walk. Everything.
Look at what it says today. We are saved by grace. Not by works. So no man can boast. We are not saved by anything that we can do.
Seriously. You need to understand that. You aren’t saved by your actions. You don’t have to “do” anything. “Doing” something isn’t the key, isn’t the point.
If there was something that you can “do” to save yourself, Jesus came for nothing. It’s all on Him. All on Him. All on Him.
Not your actions. Your faithfulness. None of this. It’s all grace.
We are saved by grace through faith. You have to understand that.
But then, look what it says. We are created for good works. Wait, what? We aren’t saved by works, yet, we are created for them?
Yep. You were created; you were made for a relationship with God. That relationship starts with grace. You are saved by grace.
And then, once we come to saving (or justifying) grace, grace doesn’t end there. Grace isn’t just God’s mercy of salvation towards us. Grace is the empowerment of salvation.
So, we are saved by grace (not by works) but when we come to faith that same grace that saves us then compels us to be faithful. To chase after God. To know Him. Serve Him. Follow Him. We must. We have to.
Grace demands it! We need to understand that, as well!
We are not saved by works, but we are created for works.
We are saved by His grace and saved for His work. All by His grace.
His grace saves us.
His grace calls us.
His grace empowers us to work.
You tell me what you think about grace, and I can tell you what you think about everything else. Grace. It all comes down to grace.
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