What is the impact of grace?

Paul’s doctrine of free and sovereign grace both humbles the pride of the self-righteous legalist and condemns the lazy and irresponsible laxity of the antinomian.  Rightly understood, this teaching is the parent of joyful assurance and tireless energy in the service of one’s Saviour.  It has been well said that, in the New Testament, doctrine is grace and ethics is gratitude (see Rom. 12:1); and our Lord has taught that the one who loves most will be the person who is most conscious of the love shown to him (Luke 7:40ff.).  The world would see a great deal more practical godliness than it does if Christians today knew more about God’s grace.

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