You have what kind of Grace?
You have what kind of Grace?
All over the world people have their own ways of doing things. That is natural. They are sincere in their ways, and may not even considering that their ways
are right or wrong; it’s just how they were taught. The same idea is often found in a person’s method or choice of faiths that they practice. Many think that everyone simply takes their own path to Heaven. This area of a person’s life is so vital that a person should double check his beliefs. Their eternal destiny is at stake.
The Bible is considered correctly by some as God’s Word and as the authoritative way to follow life on Earth, This is where we’ll see the instructions on this matter, as is our usual method of checking out what His will might be. Many people now days don’t believe in the life after death point, which could be a topic in itself, but we’ll assume this much for the sake
of our discussion.
The Bible tells us that there is only one way follow to be sure of accomplishing the destination of eternal life. Matthew 7:13 and 14 says, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” That one path is Jesus as He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6) I think we are correct in saying that up to this point it isn’t a matter of interpretation so far; that, as you can see, is what these verses tell us. The Bible also says that our salvation is by faith not works (Eph. 2:8,9) and that the two are mutually exclusive. Romans 11:6 makes this clear when it adds, “If by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work.” Yes, James does tell us that, “But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?” (James 2:20, 24) But this simply means that our works must be reflected in our walk as well as our talking, as evidence or confirmation of our beliefs. Galatians 2:16 adds that. “We might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.” Finally the Bible tells us that the gospel message testifies, “to the gospel of the grace of God.” (Acts 20:24)
The entire introduction above was to get to this point: What kind of grace are we talking about? The Catholic Answers tells us that, “there are two kinds of grace, sanctifying and actual. They are not nearly identical to each other.” Catholic Answers continues with stating that, “sanctifying grace stays in the soul. It’s what makes the soul holy; it gives the soul supernatural life. You can merit a supernatural reward only by being made able to act above your nature, which you can do only if you have help—grace. To regain supernatural life, you have to receive actual graces from God. Think of these as helping graces. Such graces differ from sanctifying grace in that they aren’t a quality of the soul and don’t abide in it. Rather, actual graces enable the soul to perform some supernatural act, such as an
act of faith or repentance. If the soul responds to actual grace and makes the appropriate supernatural act, it again receives supernatural life. Once you have supernatural life, once sanctifying grace is in your soul, you can increase it by every supernaturally good action you do: receiving Communion, saying prayers, performing the corporal works of mercy.” And the Catholic Church tells us that we can, “lose all of this by committing a mortal sin, but restored by the Sacrament of reconciliation.” They claim that, “because of this grace that God offers us, He infuses us with His grace in our lives to become justified, not just covered by His cloak, but actually achieve cleansing to be able to gain Heaven when we die, by and through these infused graces.”
However, I believe the Bible tells us a different story. This was done at Calvary’s cross when we trust in what Jesus accomplished there. We are, at that time, imputed, that is, credited His sinless and perfect righteousness to our account, in exchange for our sins. (2 Corinthians 5:21) We will still have to fight sins and the temptation to sin, just as Paul shows he had to do in Romans 7:15 to 8:1 but with no condemnation because of what Jesus did. We are cleansed by our faith in what Jesus did, not by any righteous deeds we do. (Titus 3:5) Peter tells us that Christ nailed our sins to the cross. Psalm 103:10-12 lets us know that, “He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.”
The Catholic way leaves you trying to do enough sacraments and then resting in a place called Purgatory, thus either forgetting that Jesus took care of that sin issue by what He did or just ignoring it. Maybe you are satisfied with the Catholic way, but I’m not. The word grace is singular, never plural in the Bible and it tells us of only one way, and that’s by believing in how Jesus did it. Now that’s the type of grace that I believe in and invite you to do the same. Let us remember what 2 Corinthians 4:18 tells us, “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” If we keep our eyes on, and trust in, this memory of what Jesus did, when we die, we’ll know for certain that He’ll be waiting for us with His arms open, and we will be Heaven bound. No fancy name to it, just the genuine grace found in His Word. Praise God!