Grace and an Almighty God

  • KDP: I love the concept of grace…especially as it is expressed by the contemplative/mystical Christians. I just don’t believe in god. Grace is not earned. It is received by a heart that is participating in coincidence (or gods will) with awareness. That is my understanding/best attempt to language. I don’t study religion though.
  • J R Fibonacci Hunn In language, the idea can be constructed of “yeah, I grew my hair out longer. I really hated it being so short. Didn’t you?” We can call that “believing in an isolated actor with self-determination.”

    Or, words can say “God grew my hair. God apparently hated it short.” That is speaking with the identity of the “author” of God (perhaps even an “Almighty” God).

    “God made the sun and then made it shine. God made humans and language and poetry. God makes winter and summer, war and peace, love and hate. For every condition under heaven, God has made it with a distinct purpose!”

    There is a kind of poetry that God makes that God calls grace. Grace is a simple thing. In contrast, Many religious traditions are very complex. God can be so complex sometimes, huh?!?!

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One Response to “Grace and an Almighty God”

  1. Chet Says:

    Grace quoteby LS Chaffer

    God must be free to exercise grace without the slightest limitation because of human demerit and sin; for grace would no longer be grace if its benefits are withheld from the sinner in the least degree because of sin. Grace can only be exercised where every question of unworthiness has been banished forever. This God has accomplished in the cross, and for the purpose that His supreme manifestation of grace may be realized unto infinite perfection. The Lamb of God has taken away the sin of the world, and God has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. By these and many other Scriptures it is revealed that the grace-opposing principle of sin and demerit has been removed from before the eyes of God for all men. Thus, and only thus, could divine grace be exercised toward all men. But since God through the death of Christ has, in the absolute sense, dealt with the sin of the whole world, He is now free by the exercise of grace, in the absolute sense, to lavish its riches upon the chief of sinners without reservation or diminution. Divine grace thus awaits on divine justice; for only as the last demand of infinite righteousness against sin has been paid can divine grace be exercised. There can be no admixture of these principles wherein divine justice is partly satisfied and to such an extent God is partly free to act in grace. Every vestige of demerit must be removed before God can exercise grace. This vital truth about grace cannot be too strongly emphasized. The operations of divine grace can never overlap or share in any aspect of the operations of divine justice; but when divine justice has finished its work and abandoned the field forever, divine grace is free to occupy the field alone in the full blaze of its infinite glory.

    Thus grace now “reigns through righteousness”; but it is grace alone that reigns. A righteous throne of awful justice, wrath, and blasting judgments has become “a throne of grace.” Such is the marvel of God’s infinite favor. Such is the good news which is to be proclaimed to a ruined world; for it is grace alone that is now offered to hell-deserving sinners. Only by the absolute removal of the condemnation of all sin could the way be made clear for the absolute manifestation of the grace of God.

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