Common Grace, Saving Grace and Salvation

It’s late (or early, however you want to look at it) in the morning and I’m deep in my homework out of of Bible Doctrine: Essential Teachings of the Christian Faith by Dr. Wayne Grudem. This time last year, I had to withdraw from the Theology course I’m taking now, so it’s been interesting to see how my opinions have evolved since then. Withdrawing during the second week of the course, however, prevented me from getting this far within the text.

Wow…I am loving the depth of this chapter.

Have you ever given any thought to why God continues to bless all people, both believers and unbelievers? Dr. Grudem explains this gift below:

“How can God continue to give blessings to sinner who deserve only death—not only to those who will ultimately be saved, but also to millions who will never be saved, whose sins will never be forgiven? The answer…is that God bestows common grace. We may define common grace as follows: Common grace is the grace of God by which he gives people innumerable blessings that are not part of salvation. The word common here means something that is common to all people and is not restricted to believers or to the elect only.”

Until this point in my life, I had only heard of “saving grace.” Apparently, the two are not separate forms of grace from the Lord but different facets of the same gem, if you will. I won’t dig into that just yet (possible podcast, I’m still praying about it!) but I want to share Dr. Grudem’s video on the topic of salvation.

Click this link to watch “What is Salvation?” by Dr. Wayne Grudem: The Turning Point – Scottsdale Bible Church

What are your thoughts on all this? Did you learn anything new, too?

~ Ashley

 

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