What is the Grace of God?
Granting humans, another chance at eternal life is the grace of God. God ordained grace before the world began. The Lord also ordained everlasting life for man before the world began. (2 Timothy 1:9) Moreover, He ordained that man be holy and blameless before Him before the world began. (Ephesians 1:4) How could man be holy and blameless before God? The bible tells us that God’s ways are holy, blameless, and right. (Psalm 77:13, Psalm 18:30, Hosea 14:9) Therefore, before the world began, the Lord ordained eternal life for man, based on man walking in all His ways. (Deuteronomy 10:12, Hebrews 10:36, 1 John 2:17)
As long as Adam and Eve walked in the way of the Lord, the grace of God was unnecessary; man would maintain everlasting life. However, if man ever failed to walk in all God’s ways man would lose eternal life and surely die. Grace would begin at this point. If man ever faced certain death, the Lord would have mercy on man. He would save man from certain death by granting grace to man. Grace would allow man to attain everlasting life by walking in all God’s ways. Therefore, everlasting life is always by man walking in all God’s ways.
Grace is a Gift
As long as Adam and Eve walked in the way of the Lord, the grace of God was unnecessary. God’s gift to humans of grace became a certainty when man failed to walk in the way of the Lord. Since God’s ways are right, failing to walk in all God’s ways is sin. (Hosea 14:9, 1 John 5:16-17) Even before man sinned, he had to walk in all God’s ways in order to maintain eternal life. Once man had committed sin unto death, he lost everlasting life and the grace of the Lord started. After committing sin unto death, there was no way for man to attain eternal life. Only the Lord could make it possible for man to regain everlasting life.
After man, committed sin unto death there was nothing he could do to redeem himself. Only the Lord could redeem man after Adam and Eve sinned. After man, committed sin unto death there was nothing man could do to reconcile himself to God. Only the Lord could reconcile man to God. Therefore, God’s ways were in play even before the world began. In other words, before the Lord even created the world, He ordained that man earn eternal life if man sinned.
Grace by Reconciliation
We receive reconciliation to God through the death of His Son for sins previously committed. (Romans 3:25) Once reconciled, we shall gain everlasting life by His life. We also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation. The gift of the grace of God is not like the sin. For if by the sin of one person many died, much more did the grace of the Lord and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abound too many. The gift came about from many sins resulting in justification. (Romans 5:10-16) Christ reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present us beyond reproach, blameless, and holy before the Lord. (Colossians 1:20-22)
Grace by Baptism
Grace comes through baptism. Baptism saves us through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 3:21) Baptism washes away our past sins. (Acts 22:16) We are to repent of our past sins and then baptism gets us forgiveness of our past sins. (Acts 2:38) Then just like in the beginning, we are to be blameless until the day of our Lord Jesus Christ, (1 Corinthians 1:8, Philippians 1:10) so that our spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. (1 Corinthians 5:5)
Because it is the one, who endures to the end will be saved. (Matthew 10:22, Matthew 24:13, Mark 13:13) He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:6) However, the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar, the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth, and its works will be burned up. (2 Peter 3:10, 2 Peter 3:12)
It is unfortunate but some people boldly imply that the grace of God guarantees eternal life after baptism. Such people do not understand that because of man’s free will, the Lord cannot guarantee everlasting life for man. Just as the Lord ordained before the world began, eternal life comes by doing the will of the Lord by walking in all His ways. In other words, contrary to the popular teaching, as mentioned above, the Lord has ordained that man earn everlasting life after baptism. Here are just a few of the many scriptures that prove the grace of God does not guarantee eternal life after baptism.
- He who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter it. (Matthew 7:21)
- The person that endures to the end will save his soul. (Matthew 10:22, Matthew 24:13, Mark 13:13)
- We will become partakers of Christ’s life if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end. (Hebrews 3:14)
- Having been made perfect, Christ became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation. (Hebrews 5:9)
- You need endurance; therefore, when you have done the will of the Lord, you may receive the promise of everlasting life. (Hebrews 10:36)
- Those who persevere under trial receive the blessing, for once, they are approved, they shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to those who love and obey Him. (James 1:12)
- The people who do the will of the Lord lives forever. (1 John 2:17)
- Be faithful until death, and Christ will give you the crown of life. (Revelation 2:10)
Understanding the basic doctrine of any biblical doctrine enables a person to figure out scriptures that seem to contradict the basic doctrine. One of the basic doctrines of the grace of God is that it does not guarantee eternal life after baptism.