Book Review: The Truth About Grace by John MacArthur
In his book, The Truth About Grace, John Mac Arthur says “grace is God presently at work in our lives.’ His book is a detailed account of how grace is God’s free gift to a fallen world that provides the only means for reconciliation with God and salvation from man’s inherent corrupt nature. He explains how grace is fully orchestrated by God from beginning to end. He contrasts the belief of a grace that is completely based on the saving work of Jesus on the Cross, and the false belief that human works and effort are requirements in addition to Jesus’s death for one to keep/earn/be worthy of salvation. He does not embrace “cheap grace”, however, that would advocate a free license to sin. In sharp contrast, he insists “that ‘grace’ that does not affect one’s behavior is not the grace of God”. He explains how that when God saves an individual, his Holy Spirit is always at work to mold and transform that person in to the likeness of Christ. God’s Holy Spirit empowers a Christian to be Christlike and a Christian will not be able to freely immerse themselves in willful sin without conviction. God’s grace does not fail, and it completes what it starts.
I kept this book as my Book Review book for many months, because frankly there was so much spiritual meat contained that I wanted to read it over and over again. I read it through once, and then again slowly and methodically so that I could grasp the contents with better understanding. Each time I have read portions of this book, I have learned something new and exciting. This is a book full of information but it covers so many questions and explains so much about God’s grace. I think the more you realize how unworthy of God’s grace you are, the more amazed and thankful you should become that you are a recipient.