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SEVEN DIFFERENCES BETWEEN GOD'S COMMON AND SAVING GRACE
Common Grace Saving Grace
1. Non-saving: does not produce repentance, faith, and obedience

1. Saving; produces repentance, faith, and obedience

2. Provides for natural life; includes temporal blessings

2. Provides for spiritual life; includes eternal blessings

3. Restrains man's sinful heart; restrains sin

3. Renews man's sinful heart; forgives sin

4. Resistible

4. Irresistible

5. Delays the execution of man's punishment

5. Removes the execution of man's punishment through the substitutionary payment of Christ

6. Given to all
(including reprobates)
a. In creation
b. In church
(The Church Visible)

6. Given to the elect only (The Church Invisible)

7. Relates to the:
a. Covenant of Nature
b. Covenant of Grace (Outward relationship)

7. Relates to the:
a. Covenant of Grace (Inward relationship)

Attempting to mix, or not clearly distinguishing, God's common grace from His saving grace can be misleading. The following two stories illustrate this danger.

    "But, Mark," Sue asked again, "how do you know that you are a true Christian?"

    "Well, as I said before, I must be," Mark replied. "I've never questioned it. God has surrounded me with

 

And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.

- Genesis 18:26

Oh that men would praise the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!

- Psalm 107:8

I will mention the lovingkindnesses of the LORD, and the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD hath bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which He hath bestowed on them according to His mercies, and according to the multitude of His lovingkindnesses.

- Isaiah 63:7

Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways.

Nevertheless He left not Himself without witness, in that He did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.

- Acts 14:16-17

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

- II Peter 3:9

 

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