For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves…(Ephesians 2:8).
I teach middle school.
Anyway, one of the adorably nightmarish traits of middle-schoolers is that they have a mind like a steel sieve. I mean, I pour glorious, powerful, world-shaking-life-changing knowledge in, and I can almost literally see it leaking out. If I want my students to truly understand, well, anything, I need to present it roughly 32,000 times. So I focus on the most crucial, most essential concept, and I cover it over and again in every form and fashion I can think of.
Have you noticed how often Paul talks about grace?
Now, I’m not saying that Paul thinks of us as pubescent children who can’t seem to focus on anything but food and entertainment and the cute kid across the room, but–
That’s exactly what I’m saying.
Remember grace, Beloved.