Could you be a secret legalist? Could you be one and not even know it? Before you answer those questions, read today’s devotional and think it over carefully. God bless you.
Because of Calvary,
Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
“Evangelical Christians are not free from the temptation to exalt works at the expense of grace. It is possible to construct theologies and patterns of spirituality which portray faith as a ‘work’ in terms almost of quantitative substance which needs to be drastically increased if God is to be persuaded to act on our behalf. The thinking goes something like this: Our friends or family might be converted if we only believed a bit more enthusiastically. It is suggested that God surely wants us to have better material resources that we at present enjoy, and great faith in a bountiful God would ensure our prosperity. Physical healing may not be taking place, it is argued, because our faith is limited and if we only increased its quantity and improved its quality, the illness would disappear and we would be as healthy as he wants us always to be. The idea of a God who desperately want to convert, prosper or heal, but is sadly inhibited from doing so because of something defective in us, is totally unbiblical, however; it is not the size of our faith which achieves anything, but the incomparable power of the God in whom we place our trust.”
[Raymond Brown, The Message of Deuteronomy, (Downers Grove, IL: Inter Varsity Press, 1993), p. 24]