The Doctrine Of Grace

"God hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began." II Timothy 1:9


In these times of great religious error, easy believism, decisionism, and mass evangelism, I urge you, my brethren, not to be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, "Hold fast that form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus." In this verse, Paul describes for us the doctrine of grace. We must reject anything which is contrary to it. Read the verse again, and grasp its lessons.

1. God Is The Author Of Salvation. There is not a word in this text about man's morality, righteousness, or will. It talks about God's salvation, grace, calling, and purpose. The work of our salvation is the work of the eternal Godhead. It was planned by God the Father in eternity, accomplished by God the Son at Calvary, and effectually applied by God the Spirit in regeneration.

2. God Saves Sinners In A Way That Exalts The Glory Of His Grace. Our salvation is perfect, complete, and entire in the person of our covenant head and substitute, Jesus Christ. The legal work of Salvation was accomplished by Christ; and we are called to the enjoyment of salvation by the Holy Spirit.

3. Good Works Have Nothing To Do With Salvation.

"Not according to our works." Grace and works are like oil end water, they will not mix. Salvation is either all grace or all work, all God or all man. "By grace ye are saved."

4. Salvation Is Accomplished According To God's Own Purpose And Grace. God's eternal purpose and effectual grace are the source, cause, power, and method of salvation.

5. This Grace Of God Was Given To Us In Christ Jesus Before The World Began. Salvation is the gracious gift of God to hell-deserving sinners. It is given to us in Christ. It was given before the world began. It is not a payment. It is not an offer. It is not a decision. Salvation is the gift of God!

Don Fortner