Grace – By David Servant
Who would argue against the idea that God’s forgiveness is an expression of His grace? Forgiveness is not something that is EARNED or DESERVED by the offender, but rather is something that is GRACIOUSLY GRANTED by the one who is offended.
Yet Jesus told His followers: “If you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions” (Matt. 6:14). To be forgiven by God, we must forgive others. No one who reads Matthew 6:14 could argue otherwise. So grace can be conditional. If it is, it is not any less grace.
When we proclaim the gospel found in the New Testament— calling people to repent and believe in the LORD Jesus Christ in order that they might receive forgiveness of sins—clearly, we proclaim a conditional grace. That is inescapable.
So let there be an end to the unbiblical idea of “God’s unconditional grace.” God gives grace to the humble (Jas. 4:6). That is conditional grace.
The gospel is not an invitation to “accept God’s unconditional grace,” but rather is a call to “repent and turn to God, performing deeds appropriate to repentance” (Acts 26:20). Those are the words of the apostle Paul, who certainly believed that salvation is “by grace through faith” (Eph. 2:8-9).
Rejoice always, pray constantly, in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Messiah Yeshua.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 TLV