“And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work” (Romans 11:6).
In simple terms, in an employment contract, you earn your pay. At the end of the month, your salary is not given to you by ‘grace’. Afterall, you earned it. In the same way, if we are righteous because we do good, our righteousness status becomes a debt owed to us by God, and not bestowed on us by grace. God wants to take the credit for your righteousness. To insist on earning it is to insist on taking the ‘shine’ from Him. That’d be pride.
He wants to overwhelm you with His kindness so “That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.” More so, God’s promise to Abraham, Paul says, ceases to be a promise if its fulfillment depends on us working for it. “For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise” (Galatians 3:18). Paul explained the same point elsewhere thus: “For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness” (Romans 4:3-5).
Today’s text is very profound: “And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work” (Romans 11:6). We are however, saved by grace. Thanks be to God.