Sunday, May 31, 2015

Living by grace... saved by grace. The same or different?

We have heard the expressions "saved by grace" and "living by grace" (also referred to as living by faith) but  are these different? If so what is the difference? Are they similar in some way? How?

They are the same but also different.

They are the same in that both address God's love for us based on and secured by:

1. Christ! His work on our behalf i.e. the gospel/good news
and 
2. Both are received and experienced by faith.  

They are different in that:

Saved by grace addresses 

1. Our sin problem i.e. our legal status and standing of guilt and condemnation before God. The internal turmoil of our guilt and shame (our internal pain and suffering) that comes from this.
Living by grace addresses

2. Our circumstances/suffering/hardships problem i.e. our practical everyday experience. Our external turmoil and suffering from painful circumstances. 

Summary:

1. Saved by grace – God loves us no matter what our sin i.e. our inside issue of guilt and shame which is our internal pain and suffering.

2. Living by grace – God loves us no matter what our circumstances i.e. our outside issue of circumstantial pain and suffering.

We suffer pain both internally and externally. Internally because we have rebelled and broken away from the source of love and life, thereby living in a state of guilt and shame. 

Externally because we live in a fallen and broken world as a result of mans fall and rebellion. 

By Gods grace we are assured that he loves us no matter how messed up our world is both inside and out!

Amazing grace!!!

A primary passage addressing how we are saved by grace – Romans chapters 3-8:25. 

Key verse Rom 5:8  but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

A primary passage addressing how we live by grace – Romans chapter 8:26-39. 


Key verses Rom 8:38  For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.


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