Thanks to the good folks at Christianity Today, I was privileged to read your article, That Grace is not Supreme. Very interesting.
To qualify my thoughts to follow, I am 85 years of age - and "movin' on", a Christian for many years, but more importantly, introduced to Grace as a topic several years ago. Up until then, I thought of it only as another of the often used terms we hear from our pulpits and seldom seen on the streets where I live.
Then, I met - as I like to say, God, heart to heart, mano mano, man to man., some forty years ago, but until then, most of our "conversations" had o do with His answering my petitions for help..
Then, I was introduced to Grace, answering my most urgent question, "So, I have been "saved" - now what? Sin had still preoccupied my thought processes and even though, I tried to focus on living up to "Christian" standards, I knew I was failing, daily.
Maybe it was because, there were few gifts I received as a child. I either promptly ignored them, but I held onto a few for many years.
So, I wondered about this Grace, this gift from God and I wondered if it could help me with the sessions of doubt and yes fear, I had often experienced.
I decided to put it to use. Rather than another "fall from Grace" I decided to use it as the power by which I could eradicate my tendency to sin. It seemed to work. In fact, the more I used it, the more I felt confident that I no longer needed the temptations that had led me to sin. And over the years since applying my theory, the happier I am with whose I am, and occasions for temptation are few and far apart.
Alas, I have often shared these thoughts with Pastors, learned practitioners of the faith and the best response I have ever received was an occasional, "Bless you, my friend."
When asked if such thoughts are "scriptural" I quickly point to the verse I heard from on high, shortly after my conversion, Acts 1:8 "And you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you and you shall be My witnesses - wherever, whenever, you move about." The later is my interpretation of the places mentioned in the text.
It answers the ancient question, Saved yes, but saved for what?"
Sadly, in and around Cookeville, TN, where I live, it is typically answered, "..saved from Hell" but since I never read where Jesus put it that way, I am content to use my version - "saved for good works," in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Would love to hear your response - even by phone, 931-528-7238.
Oh yes, you will find this on my blog - ReflectionsOnALifeWellSpent.blogspot.com