A Wretched Sinner Saved by and Living In Grace. That is what this site is about and what I am learning to do day by day as the Lord is Gracious to me. Walking, Breathing, Working, and Playing in this wonderful grace is an amazing adventure, but what is grace and how do we live in it?
Grace For Wretched Sinners
Grace is, in the simplest terms, God’s loving-kindness and undeserved favor. Living in Grace is, therefore, to live in the favor and blessings of God as given to His children. These blessings of God are not to be unduly confused with temporal riches, as the Prosperity Pundits Proclaim, since the Scriptures warn us that: 2 Timothy 3:12 (ESV)
12 Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted..
This persecution has ever been present in the lives of wretched sinners who are now believers: From the first Christians being stoned, crucified, and tortured in unimaginable ways because they were living in grace as God commanded, to the modern church whose martyr’s blood is shed for the faith they hold, grace has always been and will always be central to the Christian Faith.
Living in Grace and Discipleship
One of the ways that we are to live for Christ is to share our faith with others and disciple the wretches in the ways of grace. Living in Grace is essential to showing a dark and sinful world the Light of Christ and introducing them to the Salvation found in God. What is the easiest way to outline the ins and outs of Salvation? I believe these are essential to understanding the Biblical definition of saving grace: Salvation is the work of God in the wretched sinner whereby he is:
1. Reborn. Jesus told the religious scholar and Pharisee, Nicodemus, that to see God he must be born again ( John 3:3 ). Without being born again the natural man lacks any ability to come to or please God. Remember we are dead in our sins and unable to make ourselves live again. 2. Given Faith. Ephesians 2:8 declares , ” For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, ” that even our faith that receives the grace of God is a gift. It is this faith IN Christ Jesus that saves us (John 3:16,Luke 5:20, Acts 20:21). 3. Justified. Repentance always accompanies true faith and allows forgiveness of sins (Matthew 3:8, Acts 5:31, Acts 11:18, Acts 20:21, 2 Corinthians 7:9, 2 Timothy 2:25). Justification is by faith alone apart from works ( Romans 3:20-24, Romans 3:28, Romans 5:1, Galatians 2:16, Galatians 5:4 ). 4: Sanctified. There can be no change of heart ( Ezekiel 11:19 ) without a cleansing and a change of perspective. It is God’s will and part of his calling ( 1 Thessalonians 4:3-7 ) and accompanies faith ( 2 Thessalonians 2:13). It is a both historical occurrence ( 1 Corinthians 6:11 ) and a continuing process in the life of the believer ( Galatians 5:24, 2 Corinthians 7:1 ) and is made possible by confessing to the living Christ (1 John 1:8-10 ).
Salvation is by Grace through Faith: Teaching others this reality….that we are to be an example of living in grace and that salvation is by grace…..is vitally important in discipling new converts. Discipleship, in accordance with Grace alone, must be intentional and loving while being firmly rooted in Scripture. If we are attempting to work for our own justification before an infinitely Holy God, and we are teaching others to do the same, we are no longer living in grace but are on our way to earning the wages we deserve. We must realize, and instruct new Christians the same, that Grace comes from God through Jesus Christ and no where else. Not our works, not our lineage, not our location, and not any form of false gospel.
Grace is not Lawlessness
While living in grace, it is important that we do not go beyond the construct of Biblical understanding. We must never sin that grace may abound and in so doing abandon the moral instructions given us in the law. Antinomianism, or lawlessness, is an attitude that comes from a disrespect for God’s Law, a denial of its purpose in bringing us to Christ, or its continued use in restraining evil and should not be found among Christians. The moral law of God is a direct reflection of His nature and what is expected of humanity in relation to our Creator. That some would abuse grace in such a way to bring disgrace to our Lord and cause His name to be blasphemed among the heathen only shows they truly have no clue as to what grace is. They make a mockery of His Atoning work which makes living in grace possible.
Living In Grace Resources
Well, that was quite a bit longer that the introduction I had planned. It should be obvious from the above that I take living in grace, discipleship, and the furtherance of Christ’s Kingdom very seriously, but this in no way negates the promise of joy that His grace brings. Living in Grace is a joyous experience that strengthens one’s soul and solidifies their resolve to live for their King. It is a wonderful ride, this life being lived in and through Him, so I pray that this site will bless and encourage you to begin living in grace and share this life in Christ with others. Check out our different areas:
- A Wretched Sinner
- London Baptist Confession
- Doctrines of Grace
- Purpose of Grace
- Baptist Catechisms
- Heresies of the Christian Faith