In what way do Human's participate in God's grace?
Does our will have anything to do with God's gift? Can works be meritorious in certain situations? Is every human participation in God's grace completely a gift of God?
Humans are only the recipients of God's wonderful gift of grace. We have nothing to do with obtaining it. It is a free gift offered to everyone through Christ's suffering, death and ressurection. The good things we do are "fruits" of our faith and love for Him. They do not help us get to heaven. We are saved by God's never ending grace through faith in His one and only Son. Through Christ's suffering and death we are washed clean of our sins and made holy in God's eyes and fit for heaven. We have an awesome God!
Some Christians believe that good works are "filthy rags"....
The bible says, faith without good works is dead.
I believe, (as the bible also states) that we are 'saved by faith not by works lest any man should boast.'
I get a good combination of Catholicism and Bible believer combined. The bible church or whatever you call it, Evangelical..teaches us to pay more attention to God's word, which I was never encouraged to read my own bible when going to the Catholic church.
At the same time though, many Catholic things that are very important are NOT found in the bible church.
You will not have the beautiful gregorian chant or hymns for example, and they don't have the beautiful portraits of Jesus which are SO inspiring. Looking at a crucifix also, is not a bad thing, Its VERY IMPORTANT in my opinion and my experience to --meditate on Jesus's passion and death-- in order to be closer to Him.
But to answer your questions specifically,
Humans have to participate in God's grace; it's unavoidable.
God provides grace- or situations or people in our lives that can and will lead us To Him. one of these is suffering.
We can get God's grace which He gives to all, offers to all, but yes, our will is necessary to choose to follow or not.
Yes, i believe since God wants us to pray, especially for others , for sinners to be converted as well as for ourselves, praying for others is a charity and an action put forth from "love one another as I have loved you" well then pray for one another as St. Paul did!!
yes God will reward works-- of course we can't earn our way to heaven. But he will give more grace to us if we pray more and all of these things will lead to a desire to do more good things and good will benefit ourselves and others....As for people being more saintly than others, I don't feel we should compare.
No, every human participation in God's grace is not completely a gift of God, because if it was, it would mean we had no freee will and would be as puppets with God doing everything.
Short answer: We can Receive it.
Longer Answer... Grace means Unmerited Favor. That means that nothing you can ever do will be deserving of God's Grace. For God to provide that Grace to you... his only son had to die and take the penalty of sin that you and I rightly deserve.
Jesus Did it All. Grace was paid for by him... He Volunteered to die for your sins and the Sacrifice has already been made.
Now... What will you do about it???
Will you Accept it??? Will you Receive the Present of Eternal life that he Bought and Paid for...
Or Reject it... and push it away.
Grace is Unmerited Favor... a Present that you did not expect or deserve.
The only way to "Participate in God's Grace" is to "Receive it."
Bow your head... and Say "Thank you Lord Jesus... I Receive your Precious Gift."
Ephesians 2:8-9 says for by Grace are you saved through faith and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God not of works lest any man should boast (KJV). God's Grace or his unmerited favor came through his Son Jesus Christ and not through self righteous works.Once a person receives that gift of Grace by becoming born again, that Grace now enables that person to work out their Salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12).
God so loved the world that he gave his only Son (John 3:16) to redeem the world from the curse of sin which is three-fold according to Galatians 3:13-14 (poverty, sickness and death).Grace is God giving mankind what he did not deserve( chance to receive eternal life) because we were all sinners falling short of God's expectations (Romans 3:13), but while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. There was no way for mankind to get to God , so God came to mankind through his Son Jesus because of his great love for mankind.
Grace is a verb. It is the unearned favor of God on our life to change for the better. It is the power of life they we allow to work thru us. Grace is not a blanket to cover us up, and make us seem ok. Grace was a gift to give us a hope for the renewing of our mind, to become God like, or like our Father.
It is God's mercy to give us 'Grace'. Grace is empowerment!
To tell Ya thA truth I didn 't read the preceiding. just going to answer the questiom
In what way do Human's participate in God's grace? ????
The same way as a hundred seeds. don't really mater what kind of seeds?? The only responceability that any of those seeds might have could be is to do the best that they can to produce some good fruit!
If your God doesn't see it like that!
You should come over here and meet MY God!
I know; In saying that, I have commitited the crime of heresy in the eyes of your denomination????? And I may burn in hell!
We have no "Will" only choice.
Our works, are God's requests in our lives, the completion of such work receives God's favor in many different ways.
All participation in God's plans in our personal life is an act of a child obeying the Father.
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