God’s Grace: Undeserved on Our Part

1 02 2008

In A.W. Pink’s book “The Attributes of God” (Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, Michigan – 2001) (click here), the author discusses the Grace of God (Chapter 13, pages 66-71). Pink presents a view of the grace of God that is straight forward and clear in its support of Calvinistic, Divine sovereignty-centered theology.

We can trust God to work out all of these issues regarding election, predestination, grace and the salvation of the elect according to His Divine wisdom. Where else and in who else can we trust to fairly and justly handle such issues?

Following are some quotations from Pink in regards to the grace of God…..

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Grace is a perfection of the Divine character which is exercised only toward the elect. Neither in the Old Testament nor in the New is the grace of God ever mentioned in connection with mankind generally, still less with the lower orders of His creatures. In this it is distinguished from mercy, for the mercy of God is “over all His works(Psalm 145:9). Grace is the sole source from which flows the goodwill, love, and salvation of God unto His chosen people.”

Romans 4:1-8

(1) What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, has found?(2) For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.

(3) For what does the Scripture say? “ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS CREDITED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS.”

(4) Now to the one who works, his wage is not credited as a favor, but as what is due.

(5) But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness,

(6) just as David also speaks of the blessing on the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:

(7) “BLESSED ARE THOSE WHOSE LAWLESS DEEDS HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN, AND WHOSE SINS HAVE BEEN COVERED.

(8) “BLESSED IS THE MAN WHOSE SIN THE LORD WILL NOT TAKE INTO ACCOUNT.”

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Ephesians 2:1-10

(1) And you were dead in your trespasses and sins,

(2) in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.

(3) Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.

(4) But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,

(5) even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),

(6) and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,

(7) so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

(8) For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;

(9) not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.

(10) For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

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This is the first of a number of posts that will focus on God’s grace. In the short time we each spend on this side of eternity, the topic of God’s grace is certainly worth our focus and attention. It will lead us to more fully appreciate and worship the Lord.

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