We Are Not Saved by “Grace”


“For all that we speak of grace, and however strongly we speak of it, we will remain prisoners of spiritual insecurity for as long as we imagine that we are independent islands. And rightly so: all spiritual blessings are to be found in Christ alone… If we simply speak of salvation by grace, people will imagine grace to be that force God gives to help us where we are at… grace can be thought of quite impersonally, as if being a believer is merely about believing promises and getting blessings… we are united to Christ, to know and love him personally from the heart, to know and love the Father as our Father, to be known and loved as children of God. It’s not quite that we get ‘grace’: we get Christ.” (Michael Reeves)

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2 thoughts on “We Are Not Saved by “Grace”

  1. Interesting thoughts. I like a challenge…
    So what is to be said about the scripture that say “you are saved by grace..”
    My next question is simple, I think… are you asserting the “grace,” that I believe we do in fact “get” is a different type of grace that is given to the believer after their “grace experience” at the fullness of time when they actually are drawn into Christ?
    To be clear, I like the challenge in that I like for my own faith to be tested, exactly what yo have done. I wait for your reply!

    • Thanks for reading and interacting, translated1. To clarify, the author of that article (as well as myself) would agree that we are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone to the glory of God alone (which is the biblical teaching). Indeed, we read in Ephesians 2:8 that “it is by grace you have been saved, through faith”. His point is that “grace” is not some type of ethereal phenomena that saves us… it is Christ that saves us. As any concept of salvation in Christ without grace (or any admixture of grace plus merit) is not salvation, so grace without Christ is not saving grace. Furthermore, I also believe it was his intention to point out that we’re not saved by grace amongst other things, but that we are saved by grace ALONE. I hope that helps!

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