The Christian stands in grace (1 Pet. 5: 12), grow in (2 Pet. 3: 18), and is to be strong in grace (2 Tim. 2: 1). Grace (charis) is God’s favor. We are called by grace (Gal. 1: 15), justified by grace (Tit. 3: 7), and we are established by grace (Heb. 13: 9). The Bible also says we are saved by grace (Eph. 2: 5, 8). However, are we saved by grace alone?
If saved by grace alone, all would be saved. Beloved, Paul said God’s grace “brings salvation”, but he also affirmed God’s grace “hath appeared to all men” (Tit. 2: 11). God has certainly done his job in universally extending grace. If it were just a matter of salvation by grace alone, all would be saved. However, not all are saved (Matt. 7: 13-14). Hence, there is more involved than grace alone!
Man must appropriate God’s grace. It is true grace is a gift from God, man cannot earn it (cf. Rom. 11: 6, Eph. 2: 8-10). Some confuse earning and accepting. Man can and does receive God’s grace in vain (2 Cor. 6: 1). Christians can also “fall from grace” (Gal. 5:4). In the wonderful text of Ephesians two, we have two elements, grace and faith, and two players, if you will: God and man. Paul wrote, “For by grace are ye saved through faith…” (vs. 8). Grace emanated from God, but faith is man’s responsibility. We are commanded to believe in order to be saved (Acts 16: 30, 31-34). Belief, repentance, confession and baptism all precede initial salvation (cf. Acts 2: 38). Hence, these acts constitute man’s accepting God’s wonderful grace.
No, grace alone does not save. Man seems determined to attach “alone” to grace, belief, and baptism. Man has participation in his salvation – from the beginning (accepting grace) to the end (continuing in grace, Acts 13: 43). Grace reigns through righteousness, man’s humble obedience (Rom. 5:21).
Courtesy of Don Martin
Comment for Matt (few are saved) Mt.7:13-14 appended by Jesus Reigns