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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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Tim Chesterton

Very excellent. Thanks. Of course, it's not just a tendency amongst Catholics!

NickS

How exactly does one "cooperate with grace" with regard to salvation?

How do you lose a battle Jesus fights on your behalf?

Rick

NickS,

There's a reason the Scriptures tell us to work out our salvation with fear and trembling... is there not?

You're not suggesting that passivity is the key... are you?

NickS

Rick,

Justification (salvation) is 100% by grace. What Jesus has accomplished to completion requires nothing of me. I cannot lose that fight.

Sanctification, the process of becoming Christlike and "working out" or better said, demonstrating our salvation requires effort and discipline. This is a fight for which the Holy Spirit empowers us, and Jesus intercedes for us. It is not, IMHO, cooperating with grace as much as it is yielding to the call of Holiness.

Let me suggest that the feeling that someone is taking advantage of you (your spouse, etc) is the first inkling that you are living on the edge of sacrificial love. That I am beginning to live out what Paul calls us to earlier in Philippians 2, the attitude of Christ. That is the introduction to the instruction to work out our salvation in fear and trembling.

Nick

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