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6th March
2011
written by Cullen Webb

It’s odd that, despite all the technical things of Christianity that I am comfortable writing about, I find it difficult to write about grace.  It’s the most fundamental and foundational aspect of my belief system, yet I don’t know very much about it at all.  Perhaps it is because grace is so unnatural; so contradictory with human nature.

I have been convicted lately due to the amount of emphasis I have placed upon my own works.  Somehow I transitioned to a place where I was a Christian based upon what I did and didn’t do, and how often I failed or succeeded.  I know, based upon scripture, that this is not true Christianity.

Titus 3:5
“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;”

It’s hard for me to grasp the fact that God doesn’t need me to do good things to grant forgiveness.  This is totally incompatible with our social structure.  Imagine what would happen if nobody had to show up for work to receive their pay checks?

Grace works though.  It doesn’t result in thousands of sinning and apathetic “saints”.  Why?  Because anyone who is truly saved and redeemed will become a new creation, and live to please God.  It’s like getting a check in the mail, then going to work to see what the Boss wants you to do that day;  because He deserves it, without demanding it.

I see many people abusing this precious gift, though.  Claiming redemption when their lover is the World, and feeling justified because they prayed a little prayer and cried a little tear.  That’s getting a check in the mail and, without showing up to work, seeking employment elsewhere to get a bonus.

This is where works comes in.

James 2:24
“Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.”

Repentance leads to salvation.  Salvation leads to a new creation.  The new creation, by it’s new found nature, will do good works.  Not because we have to, or to fill a quota, but because the desire of our heart has been changed.

This isn’t to say that you will be without sin.  No, the war is far from over.  The Devil is still upset about losing you.

Christ has purchased me.  He knew I was a sinner.  He knew I deserved the deepest, darkest, flames of Hell.  Yet He came, and payed a price I could never dream of paying myself.

Humbled by Jesus,
Cullen Webb

 

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  • Paul_in_Sydney

    First – God sees your heart – not your tears.

    Second – grace is totally freely given of God, or its not grace.

    Third, You cannot generate grace so be thankful to receive it.

    Faithfully

    • http://www.NationPains.com Cullen Webb

      Thanks for your input, Paul.

  • Anonymous

    I very much appreciate this post. It’s funny how lost i can become with the technicalities of Christianity, but forget to be grateful that I have been saved. It reminds me of Pastor Rick’s running stories. Thanks for helping us remember the fundamentals. :)

  • Mike Wedding

    One of your wisest and best posts ever! Well stated, well done!