Pure and Free Grace
Everyone likes purity. They also like free things. If you are someone who enjoys pure and free things, listen carefully, and I will tell you of the purest, freest thing I know of.
The Grace of God – it is PURE and FREE!
What do I mean?
That God’s grace is born in the heart of God Himself, that it is given to sinners in Christ Jesus without condition.
God’s Grace is like Himself – eternal.
There is never any reason found in the recipient of it.
It comes unasked, unsought, and undeserved. If it is ever deserved it is not grace.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.”
To show us how pure and free the Grace of God is, the scriptures tell us it was given to God’s elect on purpose and before the world began. Listen, “Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began” (2 Timothy 1:9).
How free, how pure is the Grace of God in Christ?
“But when it pleased God who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me by His grace…”
What do I mean that Grace is Free?
First, that there are no conditions required by God. If there were that, then it would not be grace. If you had to meet some condition before God would give you his grace it would be a debt he owed you for meeting the condition, and then it would cease to be grace.
I can hear the free-will work monger say, “You must repent and believe before you can be saved!”
That is true – but what the scriptures teaches is that repentance and faith are the gifts of God’s grace. They are the results of the new birth; life must precede any spiritual acts. Christ has “ascended up on high, led captivity captive (all that held sinner’s captive, sin and death) and gave gifts unto men” (Ephesians 4:7-8).
God requires perfection and we, as sinners cannot give it. God is just – he cannot lower his requirements.
How then can he give his grace and salvation to imperfect sinners?
By Christ, who was “the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”
God’s justice demands death for sin, “He made Him to be sin for us” (God demands righteousness from sinners), “that we might be made the righteousness of God IN HIM” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Because of the doing and dieing of Jesus Christ, God can justly give us repentance and faith through Him.
Christ as a sinless perfect man met all the conditions required by God. He gave us grace in Christ on purpose before the world began; it was not according to our works. If it was given us before the world began and on purpose.
What did we have to do with it?
“Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
If you boast of any work before God, you fly in the face of God, the work of Christ, and God’s holy word.
If you are saved by anything YOU DO, then you “frustrate the grace of God, and Christ is dead in vain” (Galatians 2:21).
Salvation is “To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved” (Ephesians 1:4-6).
By Donald Bell