6 But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace (Romans 11).
Naming and being are two different animals. A thing may be called one thing, but be something quite different. It’s not the naming that counts, but the being. For instance, I have been named Charles Frederick, meaning strong, peaceful ruler—yet, when strength and peace are not ruling my household, then my name really means nothing.
In the same way, we can call the grace of God “His unmerited favor” all we want—yet the moment we begin to boast in anything but His grace, i.e. our own“works” and good deeds, then that is the moment when “grace is no longer grace” at all. The only reason a group of believers (a “remnant”) exists, is the grace of God, and the only reason each individual within that remnant exists, is the grace of God.
Lord, thank You once again for Your grace in our lives. Help us This Day to live by this grace and not by works. Yet, may our nomenclature as Christians (followers of Christ) be truly reflected in our actions this day. Amen.