Grace Beyond the Cross!

This morning as I was reading a new book by Paul David Tripp (Dangerous Calling) I ran across the following insightful comment concerning biblical maturity. Take a moment to read it and "chew" on it.

"Biblical maturity is never just about what you know; it's always about how grace has employed what you have come to know to transform the way you live." 

Tripp is right on with these comments. Grace does not end with the cross. It's not, "I am saved by grace" ... "I am sanctified by works." No! We are dependent upon grace for all of our faith journey through life! Jerry Bridges, in his book, Transforming Grace, writes,

"Grace doesn't first rescue us from the penalty of our sins, furnish us with some new spiritual abilities, then leave us on our own to grow in spiritual maturity. Rather, as Paul said, "He who began a good work in you [by His grace] will [also by His grace] carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus" (Philippians 1:6).

Amen! God. Thank YOU for never letting up on the flow of your amazing grace!

Thanks for stopping by . . .
pj

PS ... This does not mean that we are not required to work at all when it comes to our spiritual growth. Paul wrote to Timothy, "train yourself for godliness" (1 Timothy 4:7-8 -- see also 2 Peter 1:5-11). 

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