What is a common misunderstanding about the grace of God?
By: The John Ankerberg Show
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|Why is it important to be sure where you will spend eternity? Is the faith that people have in God going to get them into Heaven? Matthew 7 says, “I’m sorry. I never knew you,’ here’s what His message is.” What are two ways that Jesus talked about misplaced faith.
Copyright: 2003, Number of Programs: 4, Cat. No. YBS1
Keywords: Grace, need resurrection, not help, Ephesians 2:1-2
Ankerberg: Alright, talk to that as well as add one more category to it. There are a lot of people that say, “You know, grace is necessary” and they’ve got a grace program going. But the grace program is, part of it is God’s grace and part of it is what they do. They haven’t got a clue either.
Lutzer: No, they don’t.
Ankerberg: Tell them why, because they would object to that.
Lutzer: Because you see, in the minds of many people, grace helps me. Well, the simple fact is, we don’t need help, we need a resurrection. You know, in Ephesians 2, the Apostle Paul says that before we come to Christ, we are dead in our trespasses and sins. Now, imagine yourself walking through a cemetery and you say, “Well, I’d really like these people who are in the cemetery, these corpses, to live. But you know, I have to give them a little bit of help.” No. They don’t need help. They need a tremendous miracle from the hand of God. They’re beyond the need for help. And that’s the way we are without Christ. In fact, the Apostle Paul says it very clearly, “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and your sins in which you used to live, when you followed the ways of the world and the ruler of the kingdom of the air” [Eph. 2:1-2]. He says, in effect, we are really deceived by Satan. We don’t know it, but we are. In fact, he goes on to say we are depraved because we’re walking according to our own lusts. And this is our condition. And so the question is, how do we help people in a state like that? Now, mind you, just because they are dead in trespasses and sins, that doesn’t mean that they can’t go skiing in Colorado. That doesn’t mean that they can’t go grocery shopping or go to a symphony, or enjoy life or listen to this program. They can do all of that. One thing they cannot do, though, is give themselves life. That has to be from God.