By grace or by works?

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It has become a norm for believers to relate to God transactionally. We pray, read the bible, go to church, give etc., to score some points with God. It is as if we can’t understand our relationship with God in any way except in a transnational form. It is as if we can’t do anything without the motivation that it will get God to do something for us.

The questions to ask here are; “How is God really like and how does he want to relate to us?” Does he want to relate to us through our works or through his grace? We can only answer this when we understand the his intention from the beginning.

 Ephesians 1:4-5 (NLT)

Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.

Here, God’s intention before time began is spelled out. God intended for us to be in Christ and to become his children. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So when God said, “Let us make man in our image…” (Genesis 1:26), his actual intention was to make man his child in Christ. We know this because the epistles reveal Christ as the image of God.

Hebrews 1:3

who being the brightness of his glory, *and the express image of his person*, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

Colossians 1:14-15

in whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: *Who is the image of the invisible God,* the firstborn of every creature:

 2 Corinthians 4:4

in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of *Christ, who is the image of God*, should shine unto them.

So God’s intention was to make man (male and female) in Christ (his image and likeness). Now, how did God set to do this? Is it by grace or by works?…

To be continued…

SANDY AMPONSAH

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