I know that to say that grace is NOT unmerited favour, flies in the face of popular Christian doctrine, but let’s examine this for a moment. The Scriptures state (Ps 138:6 NKJ) that, Though the Lord is on high, Yet He regards the lowly; But the proud He knows from afar. And again, (Prov 3:34 NKJ) Surely He scorns the scornful, But gives grace to the humble.
James quotes this Scripture in James 4:6 … “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”
Peter also quotes this Scripture in 1Pet 5:5 NKJ … for “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”
Problem; If grace is unmerited favour, then why do ONLY the humble get it while it is denied to the proud.
Clearly something does not make sense IF we hold to the false premise that grace is unmerited favour. It is clearly not unmerited while ever some do not merit it.
If the cross changed nothing, could it have changed this? Could it be that this is how God dealt with humanity before the cross and somehow James and Peter got were still teaching Old Covenant practices?
We do know that James was not very educated. After all, it was James, who in the Bible book named after him, says that God tempts no man neither can he be tempted. And yet when we read Genesis 22:1 we see that God most certainly does tempt man, and when it comes to God not being temptable, was Jesus God when he was tempted of the Devil in the wilderness??? James is really not all that reliable. By the way, Christianity loves to squirm out of the Genesis 22 reference by saying that God TESTED Abraham but never TEMPTED. Such crap! They have clearly not read the Septuagint version of the Old Testament (written by Jewish scholars fluent in Greek, and writing for Greek consumption 250 years before Christ and almost always quoted by Jesus and His Apostles),in which the very same Greek word that is used in Genesis 22:1 is used by James. And then, James has the temerity granted only to the illiterate, to say that God cannot be tempted by man; Really” Was Jesus God? And was Jesus not tempted in the wilderness by Satan? Oh well! facts are such messy things, aren’t they.
But back on topic now! Proverbs, James and Peter are in total agreement. They are all teaching old covenant truths, which are ALWAYS based on dualism. But the cross changed all that, and now UNITY reigns.