If our good works could save us then there would be a limit to what God could ask of me or put me through. We would be like taxpayers with rights.
But if it is really true that I am a sinner saved by sheer grace–at God’s infinite cost–then there’s nothing He cannot ask of me.
Sheer grace has 2 edges to it:
- It cuts away fear.
- But if God loves us freely, despite our flaws and failures, then we are not our own. We were bought with a price.
Martin Luther said, “We are saved by faith alone (not our works), but not by faith that remains alone.”