Grace is not a transaction

Linda once again asks a question that has dogged me for some years:

The crucial question is “What about making a decision?”

This is the manner in which I have always heard the gospel presented. But what does it mean? That by OUR decision something is accomplished?

She then refers to Ephesians 2:4-8, in which Paul writes that even while we were dead in our sins Christ made us alive with Christ–not through our own efforts, but as a gift.  Similarly, she quotes Romans 5:10, which says something similar.  She notes:

I am not saying that choosing, believing, and repenting (turning your life) are not vitally significant. They determine the way in which you experience (continue to experience) salvation and life in the kingdom as a daily lived reality.

…It is the gift of God. Grace is not a transaction.

There are 46 comments on the post.  I haven’t read them all, but from what I did read there was a helpful, friendly conversation about what she said.