There often is no tension in combining the Biblical teachings on grace with an emphasis on our own good religious works because we pass everything we hear through the filters of past teachings and personal understandings. We comfortably mix grace and works and sense no contradiction in saying “Grace, but…” or “Grace and…”
Grace just has to be filtered down a little. But when it is filtered down, it becomes only a shadow of its whole.
What would happen if we allowed grace to be grace? What if we removed all the religious and man-created filters and considered the truth of God’s pure grace? What would happen if we accepted the Biblical teachings about grace at their face value? What if we were to believe the whole Grace Message?