Appended is an article suggesting that proclaiming it is all of Grace can deter discipleship.
Receiving God’s Grace works out in godliness, growing and glowing in the nature of Jesus Christ.
“The grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age” (Titus 2:11-12, emphasis added).
Even if Grace is the ultimate and definitive benevolence from the God of Abraham, the description falls short (Eph 3:14-19). Let me declare that there is no intention to attribute mischief or error to anyone before I continue. The pitch to add a tangential spin to Grace is akin the approach in the garden of Eden to cast doubt, then distort and might lead to deception.
There is much misunderstanding towards those who proclaim the Gospel of Grace thoroughly and wholeheartedly. A misunderstanding of the lapse of a person “to declare to you the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:26). It is just like the big elephant as perceived by many blind men. Who is sufficient to fully encapsulate God in our minds and message. Who is sufficient to reduce the revelations of God in 52 Sundays sermons, in a book, in an article? Somehow, somewhere we will miss out certain aspects of His heart and mind. It is just like an individual looking at the glorious and magnificent facets of a flawless polished diamond – it is sparkling yellow, no it is shining blue, no it is dazzling crimson, no it is glittering red …….
So one can be talking about salvation, while another is focused on the sanctification. The need of the hour when the church has burdened believers with the cost of discipleship (see blog on ‘Preaching the gospel to myself’) is to anchor believers in the assurance and affirmation in God’s amazing Grace. It begins with being anchored to the Root, abiding to the Vine, then to the fruit. And as the church seek to make disciples, it must acknowledge that it is Jesus Who sanctifies us (Col 1:22; 1 Thess 3:13).
Saved by Grace and sanctified by Grace. I am standing in His Grace (Rom 5:2; 1 Pet 5:12), and I want to be strong in Grace (2 Tim 2:1).