The Doctrines of Grace

from Grace Life Church of the Shoals, Muscle Shoals, Alabama

The doctrines of grace, put simply, teach that every aspect of man’s salvation can be traced back to God’s divine and initiating work of grace in the life of sinners. In grace God chose us, foreknew us, elected us, predestined us, called us, justified us, sanctified us, and will glorify us! Ephesians 1:4-6 says, “In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.”

Grace originated in the person of God the Father, was manifested and exercised in the person and work of Jesus Christ, and is extended and applied to us by the work of the Holy Spirit! Grace is extended to people who are altogether unworthy to experience it. Grace is unmerited favor. It cannot be bought, earned, or won by man or woman in any way!

Ultimately, the doctrines of grace remind us that the work of salvation is a work that is designed to direct all glory to God and Him alone. The end of grace is that He might be known and glorified for the wonder, the wisdom, the beauty, and the utter attractiveness of His grace!

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