Saving Grace – Does God’s saving grace require a change in lifestyle?

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds. Titus 2:11-14

There are some people who advocate a form of grace that is called “cheap grace” that is different from saving grace. Cheap grace argues that grace alone is responsible for everything and so the person doesn’t have to change. They can continue to live in sin and there are no consequences to that. To proponents of cheap grace, the sins are justified but the person is not and so continues to live in sin. They view God’s love and forgiveness of sins as a general truths and not as life transforming agents. Saving grace (which is biblical) proponents agree that Grace alone, Christ alone, and faith alone are sufficient

“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9).

At this point, you need to note that God has only one grace, and that is his saving grace and it does everything that God’s grace does. There are not multiple types of grace. You can’t have God’s saving grace and then not have his enabling grace or his grace to submit to Christ’s lordship. When distinctions are made, they are made usually to help understanding of the incomprehensibly great grace of God. If you have God’s grace, you have it all. God’s grace works through the Holy Spirit who lives in true believers. The Holy Spirit is a person. You cannot have part of him. Many people who try to argue that someone can be born again and then continue to live in sin (just like they were before with no effort to change) like to say that saving grace only refers to the grace to bring someone to salvation. As such the enabling grace could be lacking, the grace to submit could be lacking when the saving grace has been given and received. That king of partition is artificial is seems to be made to support a stance rather than follow biblical facts.

The apostle Paul addressed this same issue. In Romans 6:1 he asks “Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?” He answers his rhetorical question in verse two by saying “By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?”. He continues from verse 3 by saying “Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

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