Grace Alone!!!

Posted: 06/06/2008 in Articles
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I’ve heard many say (especially here in Romania), “How can you say that you are saved by grace alone? Don’t you need to have good works too?”

Well, My answer is this,

“…for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.” -Gal 2:16

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” -Eph 2:8-9

“I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.” -Gal 2:21

Now don’t get me wrong, the true Christian will be filled with the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Good works will flow. but they will flow from grace. Look at Titus 2:11-14, “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.”

You see, it is by grace alone. It is the grace of God that produces good works. “The grace of God… teaches us…” to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, and to live for the Glory of God… or in other words, to be “zealous for good works.”

I leave you with these words… REJOICE IN JESUS! For it is by his blood shed for us that we are cleansed, forgiven, accepted, and empowered.

“It’s all by grace!”

Joey Hahne

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Comments
  1. William Anderson says:

    Preach it brother! Looking forward to more.

  2. J. C. Hahne says:

    I’m glad you enjoy… I’m looking forward to more too 😉

  3. Krista says:

    Hey Joey, on what you said, “You see, it is by grace alone. It is the grace of God that produces good works.” I really like this Piper quote that agrees with you from his sermon on “How the Spirit Does What the Law Could Not Do”: John Piper says, “The power of sanctification is not the law, but the indwelling of the Spirit of Christ. And the instrument of our appropriation of this power is not to turn to the law, but to fix our gaze and our faith on the glory of Christ crucified and risen, reigning and indwelling. The key is Christ, seen and savored above all things.” I love that! Piper also reminds us of something we tend to forget but what Romans 7 & 8 clearly teach (for example see Ro. 7:4) that, “If you want to bear fruit for God you must die to the law. If you want to live a life of love you must die to the law. If you want to fulfill the law you must die to the law…love is the fruit of turning to the living Christ and finding him more to be desired than everything that hinders love.” This is how I want to live my life!! Praise God for his grace that produces good works in us as we see and savor our Savior!

  4. J. C. Hahne says:

    Hey mom… did you see Phil Johnson’s article entitled “Gospel, Not Law, is What Changes Sinful Hearts.” here’s the link… I thnk it’s point #2… Anyway… here’s the link hope it works…
    http://www.teampyro.blogspot.com/2008/06/if-righteousness-could-be-gained.html

  5. Krista says:

    Joey, I went onto your link and then read another post and then all the comments and looked up and 45 minutes had disappeared!!! But it was interesting and stimulating. Thanks!

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