GATEWAY OF GRACE
By Robert E. Hanna
Scripture Reading: Titus 2:11
"The grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men ... " There is only one pathway to glory. Man may work and strain to the limit of his endurance, but he may as well tilt at windmills as to attempt attainment of acceptability to God by his good works and moral behavior. "Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness" (Romans 4:4-S).
God plainly draws our road map by the pen of our apostle. "After that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us .... that being justified by His grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life" (Titus 3:4-Sa, 7). But what of the law? Millions today are attempting to travel to glory by the keeping of the law. "By the works of the law shall no flesh be justified" (Galatians 2:16b). "For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth" (Romans 10:4). The Paul firmly declares, "I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ [suffered death] in vain" (Galatiaris 2:21).
Grace must be untainted and undiluted. If we are to know unity with God, it must be on His terms. "By GRACE are ye saved through faith ... NOT OF WORKS, lest any man should boast" (Ephesians 2:8a, 9).
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