Sinclair Ferguson on the Nature of Grace
It is legitimate to speak of â€œreceiving grace,â€ and sometimes (although I am somewhat cautious about the possibility of misusing this language) we speak of the preaching of the Word, prayer, baptism, and the Lordâ€™s Supper as â€œmeans of grace.â€ That is fine, so long as we remember that there isnâ€™t a thing, a substance, or a â€œquasi-substanceâ€ called â€œgrace.â€ All there is is the person of the Lord Jesus â€” â€œChrist clothed in the gospel,â€ as John Calvin loved to put it. Grace is the grace of Jesus. If I can highlight the thought here: there is no â€œthingâ€ that Jesus takes from Himself and then, as it were, hands over to me. There is only Jesus Himself. Grasping that thought can make a significant difference to a Christianâ€™s life. So while some people might think this is just splitting hairs about different ways of saying the same thing, it can make a vital difference. It is not a thing that was crucified to give us a thing called grace. It was the person of the Lord Jesus that was crucified in order that He might give Himself to us through the ministry of the Holy Spirit.1
1. Excerpt taken from a recent Ligonier Ministries interview with Dr. Ferguson.