To be clear we must cut a line between Grace which is the offer and Salvation which is received by faith. Below are the two key verses to be understood.
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Titus 2:11
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Ephesians 2:8
Notice in Titus 2:11 that grace is the vehicle and salvation is the cargo that is being offered. The word “appeared” in the Greek is the same word we get epiphany from; that is it just appears to us when the Holy Spirit believes we are ready to be saved. No one will ever be able to say on Judgment Day that he never had the offer because the Holy Spirit makes sure that all have the opportunity “to all men.”
Now look at Ephesians 2:8 and see that the gift of God is to be “saved” but there is a requirement of faith on the receiver’s part. God is a perfect gentleman he will never force anything upon you. He gave you a free will to make a choice and that means every day. You can’t be like the man whose wife asked him after 25 years of marriage if he still loved her and he said I told you so when I married you and if I change my mind I will let you know. The wife wants to hear it often and to grow in each of the grace gifts that God offers there must be communication.
Can a believer fall from grace?
Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. Galatians 5:4
This verse makes it clear that anyone can fall from grace but remember that grace is not salvation it is the offer. Therefore as the verse says those who are going to earn salvation, deliverance, or growth by the works of the law they have fallen from grace; that is they are not receiving the gift but are working it through religion. So they will do without.
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Verse 9 reminds us that if we could work for anything from God we would brag about it. Then verse 10 says we are “his workmanship” and again nothing to brag about. He created us, saved us, and works through us. For Him to work through us we must lift up our cross daily and invite Him to take control in each and every situation.
If you are entrenched in using the acrostic at least say that it is the offer of God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense because the offer goes to all people but His riches only goes to those who accept it.
God’s riches at Christ’s expense is the inheritance of every believer but that falls way short of defining grace. That acrostic is used by those who tell us that grace and faith are both a gift from God and is irresistible when manifested to those who were predestined to come into the family of God. This acrostic description of grace is static. God’s grace is always dynamic.
Just as the serpent in the Garden was subtle and deadly so is this acrostic description because it leaves out the dynamics of grace and faith that produces the power of gospel which is the power of God unto salvation.
If one is predestined to go to heaven then another is predestined to go to hell. This concept violates God’s nature. God’s holiness demands that all who reject the free gift of grace be separated from Him in the Lake of Fire for eternity.
For those who are not fatalistic to say grace is God’s riches at Christ’s expense but it must be accepted by faith is still missing the point.
Are you accepting God’s offers that come daily?
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