All Of Grace           

Ephesians 2:8


     "Salvation is of the Lord!" From start to finish salvation is by the grace of God alone. There is no part of salvation which is, even in the slightest degree, dependent upon or determined by the will of man or the works of the flesh.

1. ELECTION is the free eternal choice of God's sovereign grace to save some of Adam's race, without any consideration of personal merit, potential merit, or pre-known merit (Rom. 9:11-13; II Thess. 2:13-14).

2. REDEMPTION is the particular,effectual ransom of God's elect out from under the curse of the law by the death of Christ (Isa.53:8;Gal.3:13;Heb.9:12).Man does nothing to make redemption complete, or effectual.

3. JUSTIFICATION is the imputation of Christ's righteousness to his people, without works (Rom. 4:3-5). We are made the righteousness of God by imputation, without doing anything righteous, just as Christ was made sin for us, without ever committing sin, by divine imputation (II Cor. 5:21; Rom. 5:19).

4. REGENERATION is the spiritual resurrection of dead sinners to life in Christ (John 5:25; Rev. 20:6). The dead sinner does nothing to make himself live! Repentance, faith and conversion are the results of the new birth, not the cause.

5. SANCTIFICATION is holiness imparted to the child of God in regeneration. The holy seed implanted, the holy nature created, bears fruit unto God, not by the energy of the flesh, but by the power of the Spirit (I John 3:9-10).

6. PERSEVERANCE is the believer's continuation in grace. It is necessary. But it is not our work. It is the work of Christ, who gives us eternal life, holds us in his hand, and will not let us go (John 10:27-29).

7. HEAVEN is the reward of righteousness, bestowed only upon those who fully deserve eternal glory. And it is ours, in all its blessed fulness, not by anything we do, have done, or can do, but by the blood and righteousness of Christ freely bestowed upon us in saving grace (Col. 1:12).

     To make any part of salvation dependent upon works is to deny the grace of God altogether and trample under foot the precious blood of Christ (Gal. 5:1-4).


Don Fortner