Grace Works

Grace Works

An enlightening treatment of grace and works--concepts that have given rise to heated debates for centuries "This is a book about grace, " writes Robert L.

It is, in fact, a book about how 'grace works, ' about the goodness and condescension of a benevolent God, and about the good works that flow from the heart of a person who has been truly changed by Christ." Members of many Christian faiths stress the importance of grace--some even denying the necessity of good works.

Brother Millet writes about our plight as fallen beings and what it means to be saved in and through Christ.

Grace Works is an approachable discussion of these much-misunderstood principles and bears stirring witness to the mercy and justice of God.

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The doctrine of salvation by grace permeates the Book of Mormon, and Millet accomplishes much the same end as Stephen E Robinson in "Believing Christ" in helping LDS understand that they don't have to save themselves through perfect obedience.

Wonderful book about grace, works, and Jesus Christ--He is the only way! What does it mean to have saving faith in Jesus Christ (p. vi)?'" "'Salvation was, and is, and is to come, in and through the atoning blood of Christ, the Lord Omnipotent' (Mosiah 3:18) and...Christ 'hath abolished death, and hat brought life and immortality to light through the gospel' (2 Timothy 1:10) (p. Further, if I had better understood the Savior's atonement, if I had been more scripturally literate...I would have discovered--by study as well as by experience--the lifting and liberating powers of Christ, the vital place of his mercy and grace. 2)." "The message of the gospel of Jesus Christ is not at all about getting what we deserve. 6).'" "We do not travel very far in studying the Bible or the Book of Mormon without recognizing he central and saving need to trust in and rely upon the merits and mercy and grace of the Holy Messiah. 8)." "Truly, 'thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ' (1 Corinthians 15:57) (p. 11).'" "In Aramaic and in Arabic the word...atone means 'to embrace.' Because of our sins, we are separated from our Holy Father, but through the mediation of Jesus we are welcomed, received, and embraced (p. 12)." "Jesus Christ is our Redeemer. through the mediation and atonement of Christ, we are reconciled to God the Father. 13)." "'All salvation is free; all comes by the merits and mercy and grace of the Holy Messiah; there is no salvation of any kind, nature, or degree that is not bound to Christ and his atonement (p. 14).'" "Sometimes in our efforts to emphasize the importance of good works--of receiving the ordinances of salvation, of living by every word of God, of standing as witnesses of Christ at all times, and of involving ourselves in the acts of Christian service that always characterize the disciples of Jesus in our age--we are wont to overlook the simple yet profound reality that the plan of salvation, the gospel of Jesus Christ, is truly a gospel of grace (p. They come from a gracious Lord who desires to save all the children of the Father. Truly, we are recipients of grace without number and are beneficiaries of the Lord's love and condescension, of gifts that are beyond our power to work for, earn, or even adequately express gratitude for (p. 16)." "Grace is a 'divine means of help or strength, given through the bounteous mercy and love of Jesus Christ (p. 18).'" "'The Book of Mormon...contains the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is only as men and women overcome the effects of the Fall through the atoning blood and ransoming power of Jesus Christ that they place themselves on the path to salvation (p. 29)." "'He that persists in his own carnal nature, and goes on in the ways of sin and rebellion against God, remaineth in his fallen state and the devil hath all power over him (p. Save me, change me, rearrange me, Gracious God above: Cleave unto my broken heart; Bestow redeeming love (p. 41)." "We have the capacity, through appropriating the powers of the Atonement, to grow in spiritual graces and in Christlike attributes so as to be 'partakers of the divine nature' (2 Peter 1:4). 42)." "'But after all our obedience and good works, we cannot be saved from the effect of our sins without the grace extended by the atonement of Jesus Christ (Dallin H. I mean, what does Jesus Christ have to do with your transgression? 5. Relying upon the merits and mercy of Christ... reconciled unto him through the atonement of Jesus Christ, his Only Begotten Son' (Jacob 4:10) (p. 54)." "Thanks be to God, we will be judged not only by our works but also by the desires of our hearts (p. We are saved through his works, his mercy and grace (p. 72).'" "We speak of being justified and sanctified through the mercy of God, yet we believe that such gifts must be received, must be accessed. 74).'" "'The grace and faith by which man is saved, are the gifts of God, having been purchased for him not by his own works, but by the blood of Christ (p. 75).'" "Christ's own infinite merit thus becomes the ground on which the believer stands before God (p. 102).'" "The devil doesn't need to get us to steal or lie or smoke or be immoral--he merely needs to suggest that we understate, undersell, and underestimate the powers, appropriateness, and relevance of the gospel of Jesus Christ (p. 105)." "'I would that the healing power of Christ might spread over the earth and be diffused through our society and into our homes, that it might cure men's hearts of the evil and adverse elements of greed and hate and conflict. 106).'" "'The Lord God showeth us our weakness that we may know that it is by his grace, and his great condescensions unto the children of men, that we have power to do these things' (Jacob 4:6-7) (p. 112)." "The Lord agrees to do for us what we could never do for ourselves--forgive our sins, lift our burdens, renew our souls and re-create our nature, raise us from the dead, and qualify us for glory hereafter.... more is required of us than a verbal expression of faith in the Lord, more than a confession with the lips that we have received Christ into our hearts... Good works evidence our faith, our desire to remain in covenant with Christ (p. Certainly it does not mean to accept Christ and his gospel and then live however we choose, utterly disregarding the standards of Christian discipleship... No, 'work out our own salvation' means to pray and trust in the Lord God as though everything depended on him, and it also means to work and labor as though everything depended on him!... 128)." "The atoning power of God saves us. 132)." "Balance...'divine discontent'...with...a 'perfect brightness of hope'...the Spirit-given assurance that in and through Jesus Christ we are going to make it (p. 142)." "God and man are at work together in the salvation of the human soul (p.

That's it, and as we turn to Christ, he changes us, and we seek to be more like Him. Loving, serving, and giving of ourselves...

"After all we can do" in the kicker to the title references 2 Nephi 25:23, but doesn't quite describe the LDS or any scriptural view of God's gracious work of redemption without a tad of explanation, including 2 Nephi 10:24 "after ye are reconciled unto God, that it is only in and through the grace of God that ye are saved." All we humans can do is "be reconciled unto God"but even that reconciliation also is a gift of grace. It is the lens through who we view every principle, precept, and practice in the Church." From explaining that Fall and Atonement are kind of like a "package deal," throughout the book Brother Millet provides clear explanations and relevant examples. On page 17 he lines out seven ways scripture uses the word grace: God's favor or acceptance; God's blessing; an outpouring of God's Holy Spirit or of spiritual gifts; a calling to preach the gospel; blessings associated with a person's lineage; strength to overcome and endure; that which conveys salvation and wholeness...

Robert Millet says, "I have come to sense the need to balance a type of 'divine discontent' - a healthy longing to improve - with what Nephi in The Book of Mormon called a 'perfect brightness of hope' - the Spirit-given assurance that in and through Jesus Christ we are going to make it." There were ample scriptural references to throw light on every angle of what grace and works should mean to the followers of Christ.

Im always interested in investigating the fine harmony that exists between grace and works in the doctrines of salvation taught by the LDS Church. The whole thing is a gift from God. We can add to it with our puny little efforts, but we dont save ourselves and we dont earn our salvation.

  • English

  • Religion

  • Rating: 4.26
  • Pages: 144
  • Publish Date: March 1st 2003 by Deseret Book Co
  • Isbn10: 157008906X
  • Isbn13: 9781570089060