In a 1989 edition of Tabletalk Magazine, R. C. Sproul wrote that:
Perhaps the most difficult task for us to perform is to rely on God’s grace and God’s grace alone for our salvation. It is difficult for our pride to rest on grace. Grace is for other people – for beggars. We don’t want to live by a heavenly welfare system. We want to earn our own way and atone for our own sins. We like to think we will go to heaven because we deserve to be there.
It is no secret that many people today think they are going to Heaven because they deserve to be there. They think they will earn their own way and be rewarded for the good life they have lived. Surprisingly, many Christians think that way as well. They think God’s grace is for other people, but the Bible is very clear that it isn’t. It is for Christians too, which is what we will be talking about this week at Grace Fellowship Church. Addressing a church full of Christians, Paul writes in Titus 2:11-12:
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age.
This has been called one of the richest passages in the Bible and the epitome of Christian doctrine. One commentator said that there are few passages that so vividly set forth the power of the Incarnation as much as this one. And the point of it is simple: the Christian life is lived by God’s grace. We can put off sin and put on righteousness because salvation has appeared to us. God has done it all and that is what we will be studying this Sunday morning at 9:30. We can live the Christian life and go to Heaven, not because we deserve to be there, but because God has been gracious to us. He has shown us mercy and there is nothing more encouraging than that. If you would like to learn more, we meet at 46024 Riverside Drive in Chilliwack. Join us as we study this wonderful passage in the Bible. – Jeremy Cagle