Romans 4:16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,
As long as it is important to please God, it is important to understand faith. Faith is more than a movement but rather a way of life. The book of Hebrews tells us that without faith, it is impossible to please God, and God is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him. Faith pleases God, and faith requires diligently pursuing God. So faith is extremely important to understand. We must also understand what grace is because the object of faith is always what God has provided or done by grace. Faith gives us access to grace and God redeemed us by grace that it might be made available to all by faith. Here are some basic truths of grace and faith to understand:
- Grace doesn’t end at salvation it only begins.
(James 4:6 says there’s more grace and we can obtain grace to help us in any time of need Hebrews 4:16)
- Grace always comes before faith.
(God did the work first or initiated the work to redeem us; we respond)
- Grace is of no benefit to us aside from our faith.
(Divine grace never excludes human responsibility. What God did by grace doesn’t automatically come to us without doing our part which is faith)
- Faith will not work in our life unless we understand grace.
(New Testament faith is ALWAYS a response to grace. To not understand this is to get in a strain and cycle of trying to get God to do what He already did; there is no rest in that. Rest is only possible by faith in His finished work)
- Works come from grace not for grace. We are created in Christ that good works would result.
(Grace does not imply there are no works to perform but they are the fruit of our obedience and faith in the knowledge of His grace. Grace doesn’t get rid of works it simply changes the order of things between the divine blessing given and the human response or obligation. Under law it is human obligation 1st; Divine blessing given 2nd. Under grace it is Divine blessing given 1st; human obligation or response 2nd)
- Grace doesn’t free us from the standards, restraints, moral laws from God’s character and Word that are a part of the New Covenant but grace empowers us to live up to them.
(The power depended upon to fulfill the obligation or righteous standard of God changed under grace. Under law, the power was man’s work and fleshly energy. The law could demand but not supply any power to meet the demand; under grace, Jesus’ work is credited to us giving us a righteous standing or position before God in Christ and His Divine nature, life, and Spirit are put within us to empower us to live up to God’s righteous and holy standards)