Grace and Religion . . . by joe littlefield
The world is full of religions falling into two main groups. Those saying there’s an ultimate power that cares not what we do; religions of blind, cheap grace. And those religions saying that the ultimate power expects perfection and though we can’t really achieve this we must earn favor; religions of works theology based in a warped sense of truth and righteousness.
The Bible does not teach such things. Nor does it teach a compromise that muddles each meeting somewhere in the middle. It teaches something more extreme, more powerful, more beautiful. It teaches Christ.
It teaches that we are so vile and evil that an infinitely perfect God had to be slaughtered at the hands of men to pay for our sin. And it teaches us that He, an infinitely perfect God, so desires us that He was wanted to be slaughtered to pay for our sins and to purchase us as His children.
It is not blind, cheap grace devoid of righteousness. It is not our righteousness done in our own strength. It is His righteousness, credited to our souls, by payment of the life, death, and resurrection of Christ Jesus.
And the religion we are to live by faith was modeled by His life. “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory of the only begotten of the Father; full of grace and truth.”
What was His glory? He was full of grace AND truth.