Grace Not Common, by Scott Price
“That sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 5:21
God gives His people grace based on the one and only foundation of the Person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ, who being God in the flesh, established a perfect, everlasting righteousness by paying the penalty and curse of the law in His death and made a complete atonement and satisfaction for all the demands of God’s holiness.
This is the ONLY way grace is given for God to remain faithful to Himself. This grace is both particular and effectual, which means that it was purposed for the elect only and it does work for every one of them without fail, without exception. The scriptures as a whole tell us that grace is saving grace from a sovereign God.
There are many who promote a false idea that God gives a “common grace” to all people on the earth without exception. They say this in many times in the context of God providing rain for both the just and the unjust, for the saved and lost. But God’s grace is His promise to save based on the death of Christ alone, NOT by sending rain from the sky, but by sending His Son from the throne of Heaven. Sinners who receive rainwater from God are not helped spiritually one bit.
Some will take this false idea another step further in saying it is “common grace” that God offers the gospel universally, to the elect and non elect, and gives men a space of time to repent. They think the longer God waits for the sinner and the more times the sinner hears the gospel God is giving out more common grace to him.
This is NOT the case with God. The God of the Bible does NOT wait on the non-elect to repent but rather God goes after the elect sinner to give the gifts of faith and repentance by His sovereign grace.
Grace reigns through the righteousness of Christ. Grace does not come in the form of rain from the sky for anybody. Religious men will think up so many schemes trying to remove the offense of the cross. Remove the offense and you remove the glory of God only to replace it with the glory of man. Grace is saving, not common.
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