Recently we celebrated Reformation Sunday at Soma. One of the key ideas for the reformation was sola gratia, grace alone. Most evangelicals will acknowledge that grace is saving grace. But is there more to grace. Kent Hughes highlights a number of ways we experience grace, using the hymn Amazing Grace. The first verse is clearly about saving grace.
But the second stanza, “T’was Grace that taught my heart to fear.” highlights prevenient grace, that is the grace that goes before us, enabling us to come to God and accept his saving grace.
The third stanza, “Through many dangers, toils and snares…” reminds us of God’s enabling grace. He does not merely save us by grace and leave us to our devices. He continues to work in us and through us by grace.
The final stanza is about glorifying grace “When we’ve been here ten thousand years, Bright shining as the sun….”. By grace we are allowed to come before our great, great God and glorify him as we should.
The point here is that saving grace is grace, but there is more to grace than just saving grace. All of life is an act of grace that God has given. The question is, have you recognised the grace in your life?