Saved by Grace, pt. 3

 See Part 1 and Part 2 of my husband’s talk on grace.

Grace is worthy of hyperbole and is glorious

There’s a tendency in the church when teaching a lesson or giving a talk to emphasize how important certain aspects of the lesson are. For example, in the Melchezidek priesthood manual under the topic of reverence it says, “It would appear that reverence for God and his name is one of the most important qualities we can develop.” And, of course, if you define reverence broadly enough this could be true. The fact of the matter is, is that grace really is one of the most important parts of the gospel. Can you think of gospel topics that really are more central to our salvation than the Atonement of Christ? I cannot. Grace is worthy of being at the forefront of our belief system. It is worthy of the hyperbole, the grandiose statements of its important. Because without it, we really will drown.

Referencing back to my statement about my knee-jerk reaction to changing the topic from grace to works, I note that the emphasis on works exists because it’s what we have control over. But from the point of view of salvation, those works play a very tiny, practically inconsequential role when compared to the magnitude of the grace given by Christ. After all, “there [is] no other name given nor any other way nor means whereby salvation can come unto the children of men, only in and through the name of Christ.” (Mosiah 3:17) Christ’s role in your salvation is greater than yours will ever be. Christ’s role in the gospel and his grace is of paramount importance. His grace is glorious.

Conclusion

In conclusion, grace is unmerited divine assistance and in relation to our salvation can be equated to the Atonement. We accept that Grace through repentance and taking upon us the name of Christ which is all that we can do.

Finally, I would like to corroborate Nephi’s words with those of Moroni’s: “Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God.”

“And again, if ye by the grace of God are perfect in Christ, and deny not his power, then are ye sanctified in Christ by the grace of God, through the shedding of the blood of Christ, which is in the covenant of the Father unto the remission of your sins, that ye become holy, without spot.” (Moroni 10:32–33.)

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~ by woundedhart on February 28, 2008.

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