But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace.
You can trust in his grace or your works, but not both because grace and works don’t mix. The context is Israel’s refusal to trust in Jesus, but the lesson is universal. We all have the choice to trust in ourselves or in the Savior.
Repenting from dead works and having faith in God is one of the elementary teachings about Christ (Heb. 6:1), yet many haven’t grasped it. They’re trying to keep the law or make themselves holy, and they are exhausting themselves in the process. They have forgotten that in the kingdom, all is grace.
Further reading: “How to recognize a mixed-grace gospel”
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