Gospel of Grace Alone 51

Galatians 1:6 I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; 7 which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! 9 As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!

We must know that the Gospel of grace alone has many things to teach us that are ignored in the modern day. If the Gospel of grace alone teaches us that Christ brings faith, then we must preach Christ in a way that teaches sinners to look to Him for faith rather than teaching sinners to look to faith to bring Christ. We must preach and teach sinners that faith cannot be had in their own strength and power, but true faith must come to them by grace alone as well. True faith can only come to sinners if Christ brings it and gives Himself to sinners along with faith. If sinners can have faith in a way that is not by grace alone and Christ alone, then it is utterly inescapable for the Gospel to be something less than grace alone and Christ alone. But again, the Gospel is without doubt by grace alone and Christ alone so faith must come to the sinner by grace alone and come by Christ alone as well.

We must also think of the fact that a sinner cannot have true faith apart from having Christ. A person cannot be said to have true faith unless a person has the object and subject of true faith. Surely this shows us that having true faith and having Christ cannot be separated. So why do people argue that a person must have faith in order to have Christ? Why can’t we argue that a person must have Christ in order to have faith? What is so wrong with thinking that Christ (grace incarnate) must give sinners faith along with giving Himself? Can dead sinners have faith apart from having life? Can it be that sinners can have life before they have Christ? No, sinners with life believe and so sinners who have Christ who is their life believe.

We are told that the sinner who hears and believes has eternal life. How can sinners hear Christ unless they have life and have Christ? Surely sinners who hear are those who spiritually hear, but this just teaches us that sinners must be spiritually alive in order to hear Christ call them. The person who hears and believes already has eternal life versus the modern day teaching of how a person must have faith in order to have life. Surely we can also see that seeing and hearing are spiritual acts and for a person to hear Christ or to see Christ means that a person has spiritual life. If faith is a spiritual faith, then a person must be a spiritual person (having the Holy Spirit) in order to spiritually believe.

The Scriptures are quite clear (in the words of Jesus) that a person must be born from above in order to see or enter the kingdom. If seeing is a spiritual seeing, then once again it is quite obvious that a person must have spiritual life in this new birth in order to have faith. But can a person have spiritual life apart from Christ who is life Himself? If a person must be born from above in order to have faith, then surely we can see that a person must have Christ who is life in order to have faith. The nature of faith is that it is a spiritual act and for a person to exercise a faith which is a spiritual act that person must have the Holy Spirit who is the Spirit of Christ.

It should be easily seen, then, that if the new birth is by grace alone, then faith must be by grace alone. If regeneration precedes faith, and regeneration is life in the soul, then we should be able to see the wonder and glory of Christ bringing faith with Him in the soul. True faith will always have Christ as the object and source, and all spiritual blessings are obtained in Christ, so it is really no wonder that Christ will cleanse a soul, then take up His residence in that soul and bring faith with Him as a gift to give. The Gospel of grace alone is set forth as the shining forth of the glory of God when we see that Christ brings faith with Him. If we have to believe in order to have Christ, as if it came from us, then the Gospel would be left as having at least one part that is not pure grace. But if the soul is regenerated by the Spirit who is the Spirit of Christ and in that regeneration the soul lives by the life of Christ and so is given the gift of faith by Christ, we see that the Gospel is all of grace and that at all points and in all ways. Oh how poor sinners should be taught that while they must have faith, it is Christ who gives it to them.

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