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May 2, 2016, 8:54 AM

Heaven forbid there's no grace...

"So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace. And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace." - Romans 11:5-6 (NIV 2011)

Grace...a word that may be slowly disappearing from our culture.  The pendulum has been swinging back and forth for years, and I'm fearful that it has been at a price.  The "price" is that grace is sorely misunderstood and misused.  Society loves to swing the pedulum toward overuse of grace when it involves the idea that we must include all people in all activities at all times.  However, the pendulum has clearly swung the other way at times when society's beliefs have conflicted in the name of "tolerance."  Why do we struggle so much with this idea?

Paul attempted to explain this concept to the believers in Rome by pulling in the illustration of Elijah.  He reminded the believers that Elijah believed he was all alone.  However, God had provided a remnant, chosen by grace (because God chose to do so).  Paul likewise demonstrated that God had chosen to do the same during the New Testament time.  There was a remnant of God's chosen people because of grace...not based on works.  It was not because of what they had done (or NOT done).  Paul's next words are critical..."if it were, grace would no longer be grace."  It God had kept this remnant around because of what they had done, it would not have demonstrated grace.  In fact, grace would not have been required.  But, in fact, grace WAS required. It was grace that was important.

Imagine how Elijah felt when he found out that there were more of God's people than just him...encouraged.  Imagine how believers of Paul's time felt; Both the Jew and Gentile (if they understood grace)...encouraged.  Imagine how we can feel when we understand that there are others just like us...encouraged.  Isn't that better that thinking things have to be done in a certain way (works) or at a certain time (works).  I'm not giving a license for a "free-for-all."  However, we do need to look at the important of works versus grace. Heaven forbid there's no grace!

In Christ,

Bro. Grant  

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