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Grace Is So Much More
Grace is fuel that empowers us to grow as God’s children.
Grace Is So Much More
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“Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom. 5:20–21, ESV).

Grace is not simply a doctrine, but a Person named Jesus who comes to live in us and through us.

Grace does not merely bless us to become God’s children. Grace is fuel that empowers us to grow as God’s children. Grace is not simply a doctrine, but a Person named Jesus who comes to live in us and through us.

Ken Boa, in his life-transforming book Conformed to His Image, provides this excellent chart to describe the difference between religion and grace.

RELIGION

GRACE

Says

“Do”

“Done”

Emphasis

What we do

What God does

Lives out of

The flesh (self-life)

The Holy Spirit (Christ-life)

Draws on

Our resources

God’s resources

Deals with

External rules/regulations

Inner heart attitude

Primary focus

Ought to, should, must

Want to

Creates

Bondage, duty, obligation

Freedom

Lives life from the

Outside in

Inside out

Declares

“Do in order to be”

“You are; therefore you do”

Produces

Guilt and condemnation

Acceptance and security

Leads to

Defeat

Victory


Marinate on that.

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March 30, 2015 at 3:00 AM
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