=cguerber;11381876]Grace is a free gift of God. It’s not something earned or merited. We can not ‘do’ anything to gain God’s grace. It’s a gift. As you stated in your post mentioning Ephesians;
8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—
Romans 11:6 “And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.”
Works doesn’t mean through the ‘law’ of the OT. Works is any action on our part.
Thanks for your reply:)
Grace has many forms
… “The essence of grace, properly so called, is its gratuity, since no creature has a right to the beatific vision, and its finality or purpose is to lead one to eternal life. (Etym. Latin gratia, favor; a gift freely given.) See also ACTUAL GRACE, EFFICACIOUS GRACE, HABITUAL GRACE, JUSTIFYING GRACE, SACRAMENTAL GRACE, SANCTIFYING GRACE, SUFFICIENT GRACE” Fr. Hardon’s Catholic dict
R: Rom. 11:6 EACH of the below passages specify “works of the [OT] law”
IF ALL forms of grace are unmerited then why did Christ Institute he sacraments? certainly Grace is always a FRE Gift from God; however what’s to prevent Him from instituting a mannerwhereby man can access God’s Grace by and through the sacraments?
We agree that salvation is “not accomplished by pourselves”; BUT it is FAR more conditional than just “faith through grace.”
Jn. 3:5 “Jesus answered: Amen, amen I say to thee, unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Ghost, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God”
Mt. 19: 17 …“But if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments”
Acts 5:32 “And we are witnesses of these things and the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to all that obey him”
Again thank you and God Bless,