By grace or by works? 4

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When the scripture said, “I loved Jacob, but I rejected Esau, it is not as if God loved Jacob but hated Esau but that was the scripture’s way of saying that God has elected Jacob by grace to inherit the blessing instead of Esau. And all this pointed to how salvation will be by grace and not works.

Throughout scripture, we see God telling us he will save us by grace through faith. That shows how God wants to relate to us. He can’t plan to save us by grace and relate to us by works. It is impossible.

Ephesians 2:8-9

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  not of works, lest any man should boast.

Knowing that God planned to save us by grace through faith means that the system of the law where man had to do some works to get God to do something was not the plan of God. God’s plan from the beginning has been grace and not works.

NLT Galatians 3:19

Why, then, was the law given? It was given alongside the promise to show people their sins. But the law was designed to last only until the coming of the child who was promised. God gave his law through angels to Moses, who was the mediator between God and the people.

The law was given alongside the promise or it was added because of transgression. The law wasn’t God’s plan, it was an attachment to serve a temporary purpose. Its purpose was to show people their sins till the coming of the promised child, the seed, who is Christ.

NLT Galatians 3:25

And now that the way of faith has come, we no longer need the law as our guardian.

Now that Christ has come, there is no need for the law. That means the system of relating to God transactionally is no longer in place. We relate to God by grace through faith as has been his plan before the world began.

Now we can answer our questions; “how is God really like and how does he want to relate to us?” God is a gracious Father and he wants to relate to us according to his grace.

Since God planned to saved us and make us his children by grace, we shouldn’t think that he wants us to relate with him by the law after we are saved. He doesn’t expect us to do things before he does things for us.

He doesn’t expect us to pray or study our bibles before he loves us, he doesn’t expect us to live right before he makes us righteous, he doesn’t expect us to give before he gives to us. God already loved us and made us righteous. He already loved us and generously gave us his life.

That means that whatever we do should be a response to the graciousness of God. We don’t do things to get God to respond to us. Rather, he has done everything to get us to respond to him. So when we live right, it is in response to the truth that he has made righteous. When we pray, it is in response to the knowledge of his will. We pray to enforce his will here on earth. When we give, it is our response to his generosity.

God doesn’t need to be manipulated or impressed before he does something for us. Even when we were dead in sin (could do utterly nothing), he showed us his love. So we don’t try to earn his love and approval. We receive his love and live unto him. We yield ourselves to him that he works through us in getting many saved and established in the knowledge of him.

The father loves us and is generous towards us. He demonstrated this to us in redemption, having received him, we express this same love and generosity to others.

You are deeply loved!

SANDY AMPONSAH

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