Bible Summary. To receive God’s continuing grace we can only surrender completely to our Lord Jesus Christ. It is easy to be deceived that our good works will take care of all things to include our eternal salvation. It is not our good works that keep us in relationship with God. It is our faith in Jesus Christ that keeps us in continuing grace.
Continuing Grace comes from us being weak so that the power of Christ Can Rest in Us.
God’s grace comes to us on His terms. To receive God’s continuing grace we can only surrender completely to our Lord Jesus Christ. We can ask God for mercy, but He will not always take away our infirmities. 2nd Corinthians 12:9 advises us to glory in our weaknesses so that the power of Christ may rest on us.
2nd Corinthians 12:9, “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
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Continuing Grace comes not from our works but from Jesus.
It is easy to be deceived that our good works will take care of all things to include our eternal salvation. This is faulty thinking because God is our Creator and ultimately we are governed by His purpose and saved by His grace and not by our works. 2nd Timothy 1:9 advises us that Jesus has saved us for his own purpose and grace.
2nd Timothy 1:9, “Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,”
Continuing Grace is dependent on your continuing faith.
Many Christians can get caught up in religious routines such as going to church, giving to the poor, using religious sayings, and so on. These good works can start to substitute for our faith in God. It is not our good works that keep us in relationship with God. Galatians 5:4 advises us that faith, not works, is how we stay within the grace of God.
Galatians 5:4, “Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.”