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Brett interacts with your comments and responds to this week’s challenge:
Well done, Brett!
Great response, Brett. However, isn’t it more accurate to say ‘salvation by faith’?
The way Paul puts it in Ephesians is that we are saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8).
It seems to me when this objection is raise (Grace being unfair) the problem is a misunderstanding of what grace and fairness is. Grace and Fairness are not really comparable, they are both different things…depending on how one defines fairnes. Right? Ultimately though, you seem to be right, self-righteousness is involved.
Good point Brett about Christians not using this objection, liked you analogy/example. However, this made me think a little. I think this objection is also made by young Christians (spiritually and physically speaking) Although it may not always be verbalized.
We know we have two natures that are at war within ourselves as believers. Often times sin is very temping and desirable and quite honestly we would like to get away with it. Whether its a one time thing or a life time issue.
I think when one is focused on what they can not do as a believer, knowing those things (or a particular thing) are wrong and now understand they won’t be able to get away with it ultimately, yet they still has the slight desire to do it, it can be easy to become envious and jealous of the thought that someone else might experience those things before receiving a conviction that leads to salvation. The response can be the feeling that it’s unfair.