What to Ignore
May 10, 2013
Mother’s Day Thoughts
May 12, 2013
What to Ignore
May 10, 2013
Mother’s Day Thoughts
May 12, 2013

Works or Grace?

Moss on the trees in a round-a-bout on Hilton Head Island. 2013

Moss on the trees in a round-a-bout on Hilton Head Island. 2013

And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work. Romans 11:6

Say what? At first reading, you might be a little confused about what Paul is saying. In one way this is a definition of grace.

We know that “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Here Paul shows that grace and works are mutually exclusive. They are opposites so to speak. If it is by grace, then it can’t be by works. If it is by works then it can’t be grace. This is not only for salvation, but it’s living the Christian life.

Grace and not works save us. We must live by grace each day and not by works. Everything God has for you is a gift. You can’t work for it. It has already been given.

The law is doing—works. Grace is believing. Faith is our part in living out our lives in the grace of the Lord. We can’t do anything to get saved and we can’t do anything in addition to God’s grace. We are saved through grace and we must live through grace.

The KJV adds additional words not in the Greek text. ASV says, “But if it is by grace, it is no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace.” It still says that works and grace don’t mix, like oil and water. You can’t say you are living in grace trying to do the works of the law.

Good works will come forth from a life lived in grace, but works have no part in the operation of grace in your life. You don’t please God with works. But God has good works for you to do. Those you will discover when you seek God’s grace to be manifest in your life.