It seems we cannot be reminded often enough that grace has nothing to do with us and everything to do with God. Since the work of the cross, God does not deal with us out of our success or failure, but out of the God nature. God only has to see if we are looking to what has been completed in the great sacrifice because for God that is the end of it. It is finished. Our success or failure is determined by how quickly we can again turn to the redemptive work of Christ and be reconciled. Otherwise, our behavior and works rather than God’s grace and mercy would determine things.
The Ephesians letter says, “For it is by God’s grace that you have been saved through faith. It is not the result of your own efforts, but God’s gift, so that no one can boast about it. God has made us what we are.” It is God’s gift and nobody can boast about it, take credit for it, have the right formulas for it, pat one self on the back for it, or have the right creed, books, doctrines and church for it. It is finished and God did it. The grace continues, but the work is completed.
“My grace is all you need, for my power is greatest when you are weak.” Jesus