FROM THE PULPIT
WEEKLY RELIGIOUS ARTICLE
Edward PROFFITT, Th.D.
GRACE IS THE PRICE PAID
"the grace of God was upon Him" Luke 2:40
Edward Proffitt, TH.D.
Writing on the theme of God's grace has always made me feel meager, even though I realize salvation depends upon it. How can you define it, even realizing that it is an imported commodity? It is a event that is not native to this planet, it belongs to another world.
The prodigal son, in Luke 15, finally found himself in "the far country" where the people knew nothing at all about grace, "no man gave unto him" (Luke 15:16).
Your place of business, your office or work station does not run on grace; that would be impossible. You are on the job for a strict exchange of value given for value received. Your work position is to produce for pay.
Grace belongs to another domain, a domain that states, "My grace is sufficient for thee" (2 Corinthians 12:9). I cannot be forever giving unless I have infinite resources of sufficient grace. In the grace domain you do not pay for salvation, or for faith to carry on, it is a free phenomenon.
I suppose that is why a message of salvation by some system of works is much easier to comprehend, for it it sure seems logical that I ought to pay for salvation. But as I meet God, then and only then can I begin to understand grace. When I read, "by grace are ye saved" (Ephesians 2:8) , I read into that the fact that God does it all. You could as easily read it, "By God are ye saved". There is no other Biblical way, you cannot save yourself.
God accomplished our salvation. God undertakes for us to do what we ought to, but cannot do in self. Paul tells us that there was a situation in his life that he could not cope with in his own strength. He prayed and struggled with his own weakness. Paul tells us he had a "thorn in his flesh" (2 Corinthians 12:7), that he prayed several times for God to remove it. God's answer was, don't pray about it any further for, "My grace is sufficient for thee" (2 Corinthians 12:9).
In this world that we live in, there is a divine power just as there are electrical powers. I was thinking back to the first car my wife an I owned, it had no air conditioning. Now I wonder how I ever got along without it. When I was young I use to ride around with the car windows rolled up; to make people think I had a air conditioned car.
With air conditioning it is one thing on the outside and something quite different on the inside. That is an ideal picture of grace. You step aside from friction and weariness of a world system and breathe another atmosphere, and there is no limits, "He giveth more grace" (James 4:6). That should always be the exciting stance of a Christian. All we have to do is turn to Him for, "BY GRACE YE ARE SAVED" (Ephesians 2:5).
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