(Adapted from William R. Newell’s “A Few Words about Grace”)
7 FACTS ABOUT GOD’S GRACE:
1. Grace is God acting freely and righteously without obligation on the basis of the Cross and according to His loving nature.
2. Grace is given not because of any good in God’s creatures; its cause lies wholly in His goodness given to whomever He wishes, the greatest grace often going to the least deserving.
3. Grace cannot act where there is ability and effort, for grace has no need of man’s help. It accomplishes all. The believer therefore refrains from giving God reasons to be gracious.
4. The flesh can accomplish nothing in God’s plan of grace. This is why His grace is hated by the arrogant minds of His enemies. It gives them no credit for their efforts.
5. Realizing he is the object of God’s grace produces great joy and humility in the believer for he knows that in him, that is in his flesh, dwells no good thing. Yet God has blessed him.
6. The believer is not on probation. He is fully accepted in Christ, for his past sinful life no longer exists in God’s mind. He has been crucified with Christ, and Christ is now his life.
7. Once bestowed grace will never be withdrawn, for God knew all our weaknesses and failures before He bestowed it, and His grace was given in spite of what He knew about us.
7 COMMITMENTS IN LIGHT OF GOD’S GRACE:
1. To believe and to consent to be loved in spite of our unworthiness is the great secret.
2. To refuse to make “resolutions” and “vows,” for that is to trust in the flesh.
3. To expect to be blessed, thought realizing more and more our lack of worth.
4. To testify of God’s goodness at all times.
5. To be certain of God’s future blessing while continuing to become ever more sensitive in our conscience toward Him.
6. To trust in His chastening hand as a mark of His kindness.
7. To have no burdens about ourselves but many about others.
7 CAUTIONS IN LIGHT OF GOD’S GRACE:
1. To hope to be better is to fail to see yourself in Christ alone.
2. To be disappointed in yourself is to have believed in yourself.
3. To be discouraged is unbelief – as to God’s purpose and plan of blessing for you.
4. To be proud is to be blind, forgetting that we have no value in ourselves; that our worth is found in Christ.
5. Lack of God’s blessing, therefore, comes from lack of belief, not from lack of devotion to Him.
6. Real devotion to God arises not from a need to prove our love for Him, but from realizing how gracious He has been to us in spite of our unworthiness and lack of devotion.
7. To preach devotion first and blessing second is to reverse God’s order and preach law instead of grace. The law made man’s blessing dependent upon his devotion. Grace confers blessing unconditionally on those who do not deserve it or fully appreciate it.