Monday, October 4, 2010

Ten Chracteristics of Grace

Characteristic #5

With respect to justification, grace stands opposed to works (Rom. 4:4-5; 11:6); however, with respect to sanctification, grace is the source of the works, we are saved by grace unto good works. Good works are the fruit, not the root, of God's grace (see especially Eph. 2:8-10). It thus comes as no surprise that in Scripture grace and salvation stand together as cause is related to effect. It is the grace of God that "brings" salvation (Titus 2:11). We are saved by grace through faith (Eph. 2:8-9).

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