Grace and Faith Cooperate

5 Apr

A common theme that you detect in the writings of those who preach historical inclusion is that faith comes a distant second to grace: It’s all about Jesus and his work; it’s not about you and your faith. There is an element of truth here: Faith doesn’t save us, Jesus saves us. Yet Jesus often said, “Be it according to your faith.” The value of the gospel can only be realized through faith. Grace unmixed with faith is worthless.

It is true that faith does not change God. Faith is a positive response to something God has done. But faith changes just about everything else. “The prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well: The Lord will raise him up” (Jas 5:15)…

The grace of God is like a 200GW power station; your faith is like a tiny light switch. Flip the switch and the light goes on. Who made the light? Not you – the power comes from an outside source. If there was no power station you could flip that switch all night long and it would make no difference. This is why faith alone cannot save you. Faith apart from grace leaves you lost and groping in the dark. But the gospel reveals that there is ample power for everyone who chooses to flip the switch. God not only generates the power, He is the one who gave you the switch. He is the one encouraging you to flip it.

Paul_EllisPaul Ellis

The Doctrine of Inclusion: Why it Appeals, How it Misleads, (2012)

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