DEVISED ‘GRACE’ is not DIVINE GRACE
The world has devised their succumbing “grace” that permits sin; this is not the same with the Divinely given Sustaining Grace that resists sin which the Scriptures speak about. Gospel Saving Grace is sustaining Grace not succumbing “grace”.
(11) For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all people.
(12) It trains us to reject godless ways and worldly desires and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age,
(13) as we wait for the happy fulfillment of our hope in the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.
It is unfortunate, all “either/or”, “neither/nor” and “all/none” polemics on Grace–Law controversies/castigations recycled over the years have deprived the Church any serene insight into the true biblical meaning and purposes of Law and Grace.
One big point missed in these fruitless polemics and speculative arguments is biblical fact that Gospel Saving Grace is not divine DISPOSITION (like mercy) which God FEELS for believers, nor is Gospel Saving Grace licentious PERMISSION TO SIN (Jud 1:4). Rather Gospel Grace that brings salvation is divine DEPOSITION (like power) which God abundantly and richly GIVES (Rom 12:3, 6; Rom 15:15; 1Cor 1:4; 1Cor 3:10) to believers to EMPOWER THEM TO OVERCOME SIN and partake in the Divine Nature and Mission through Christ (Tit 2:11-14). The power of God’s Grace is also rich enough to quicken and cleanse us from sin making us alive and acceptable unto God (Eph 1:6-7; Eph 2:4-8). Those under Grace shall receive increased or more Grace from God through personal humility (Jas 4:6; 1Pet 5:5) and from ministrations that edify (Eph 4:29).
According to plain Apostolic teaching in Ephesians 2:4-10, Grace of Christ is God’s SAVING POWER mercifully provided for undeserving humanity because of His love for them, in order to QUICKEN them from their deadness in sins (Eph 2:4-5) and RECREATE them to do His ordained good works – not by their own power but by His given power (Eph 2:8-10), so that they would reign with Christ in heaven and eternity (Eph 2:6-7).
If grace lacks power unto good works and good fruit, then grace is either vain or yet to be received.
(8) For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
(9) NOT OF WORKS, lest any man should boast.
(10) For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus UNTO GOOD WORKS, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them.
Unlike with modern concept of grace which sees grace as a disposition of the heart felt for others, the syntactical usage in the New Testament Scriptures consistently sees Gospel Grace (Grk=”charis”) as Divine Gift which God freely GIVES to His redeemed (2Cor 8:1; Gal 2:9; Eph 2:8; Eph 3:2, 7-8; Eph 4:7; 2Tim 1:9; Jas 4:6; 1Pet 4:10; 1Pet 5:5) to RECEIVE as sufficient equipment (John 1:16; Rom 1:5; Rom 5:17; 2Cor 6:1; 2Cor 12:9) for their stewardship in Divine business (1Cor 15:10; 2Cor 1:12).
Alas! The emotional permission “grace” of modern Work-Grace or Law-Grace arguments is NOT same with the “enabling gift” Grace of Christ’s saving Gospel.
Christians should therefore always understand and RECEIVE Gospel Grace as what is GIVEN to us or DEPOSITED in us to quicken us from sin and strengthen us for every good work and word (2Thes 2:16-17; 2Tim 2:1; Heb 13:9), but not emotional disposition felt for us or shown to us by God. Gospel Grace is an empowering provision God gives to us or bestows on us from His HAND not an emotion God feels toward us from His heart! This means that the modern Church’s conception of Grace as God’s compassionate disposition is only found in dictionaries but strange to Scriptures! Most modern grace arguments and teachings are therefore fallaciously null and void because they are based on grace philosophies that are unbiblical!
Those under Law (Rom 6:14) or bound by Law (Rom 7:2; 1Cor 7:39) may be FREED from Law (Rom 7:3; 8:2), but those under Grace (Rom 6:15) or called into Grace (Gal 1:6) may FALL from Grace (Gal 5:4). People are neither said to fall from Law nor are they said to be freed from Grace.