Then I must respectfully disagree with your assertion as well. I would also suggest that the Scriptures, taken as whole, respectfully disagree with your assertion too.
For example, Colossians 3:4 says that when Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
Jesus is our life. And the grace that we have by the presense of God himself living within us – as temples of the Holy Spirit – and acting through us.
As I’ve said elsewhere, we know, for example, that 1 Corinthians 12:3 says that no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 10:19-21 goes even further and says, “But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.”
This is exactly the same kind of spiritual dynamic understood within the Christian Scriptures to be at work within the Hebrew Scriptures too.
For example, 2 Peter 1:21 says, “For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, **but men spoke from God **as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”
In other words, when someone is truthfully speaking truth in regards to God’s revelation, they are not speaking. God is speaking through them. Therefore, the words they speak are a manifestation of God acting though them to reveal his will.
As I pointed out before, the Scriptures are exceptionally clear about how this dynamic works.
1 Peter 1:23 say that you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.
1 John 2:14 says I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one.
Colossians 3:16 says to let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.
Romans 8:9 says that you are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.
1 Corinthians 3:16 asks. “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?”
2 Corinthians 13:4 says he was crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God’s power. Likewise, we are weak in him, yet by God’s power we will live with him to serve you.
Galatians 2:20 says I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Ephesians 2:22 says in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.
2 Timothy 1:14 says to guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.
1 John 4:12 says if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
1 John 4:15 says if anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God.
1 John 4:16 says and so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.
Colossians 1:29 says to this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 asks, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?”
There is simply a tremendous amount of Scriptural writings which display this interaction between God and man, with God acting through those who believe.
In fact, this seems to be one of the most clearly stated principles in the Scriptural record-- and yet it seems to be one of the most misunderstood dynamics within most Christian theologies I’ve read.
God’s grace really is God’s life within you. And it is God’s life within us, something which Christ freely offered for all people when he died on the cross, which saves us from both physical and spirit death.