new way of approaching it…

(dear blog followers: thank you for being patient. my last three or four blog posts have been about basically the same thing, but it’s important to me and I was really hung up on it.)

A few weeks ago, I sprained my wrist. I was playing baseball with some buddies and just being silly, I tried to catch them off guard by running from second to third after I hit a double and the ball had already been relayed to the second baseman. Sure enough, the throw was in time to the third baseman. I tried to dodge the tag by spinning and ended up losing balance. I came down hard on my left wrist (fortunately it was my left, my non-writing hand!) and could hardly move it all night or for a few days thereafter, and every movement brought sharp pain. 

I really favored that wrist.

That word–favor–is one I’ve heard associated with “grace” for a long time. I assumed favor meant favoritism, or that God simply thought good thoughts towards us. 

But favor can also mean to be in support of or an advantage. 

when you think about it–if grace is support or advantage, it makes perfect sense. 

we, as people, are in desperate need of help. grace is simply this: help. 

Through him we received help and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for his name’s sake. (Romans 1:5)

And if by God’s help, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, God’s help would no longer be God’s help. (Romans 11:6) 

 

Does that make sense? To me it makes perfect sense, and I hope that encourages you and help you think about grace.

weighing..

So, life can be inconvenient. I’ve had this notion for several weeks not to question, but to reaffirm everything I believe. today I just started writing questions I’ve been asking and tossing around in my mind, such as:

-where do we get this idea of the “sinner’s prayer” and “asking Jesus into (y)our heart?”

-at what point does Jesus inhabit believers?

-What does the Bible really say about grace? what is it? what’s its function?

-How do we reach certain conclusions? Such as, “it’s by the grace of God that I can deal with co-workers/customers/boss/kids/people/situations etc?”

 

and of course I start getting these ideas at the beginning of a semester of school. so most of my study time is spent in a textbook, and less so the Bible, to be frank. But I really want to examine these questions. and they’re gonna eat at me for a while.

I guess to articulate it, I need to learn to balance and weigh not only school and personal Bible study, but also the words of the Bible and the sometimes “extrabiblical” commentary we put on it (not that the Bible doesn’t support our ideas, just that we sometimes say things that aren’t articulated word-for-word in the Bible. One of my favorite examples of this is a lyric by my favorite band “Wolves at the Gate” that makes a statement: ‘how much grace You’ve afforded to me!’ Any Christian would agree that that’s true, but WHERE do we get that idea?) I just want to be able to Biblically support and provide premise for the things I love saying about grace.