What makes a good gift?
Sola Gratia - Salvation is a gift of God that we receive by Grace Alone.
What is Grace?
Sola Gratia is a great gift from God because...
… it’s personal
… it’s meaningful
… it’s surprising
… it’s continual
Means of grace
grace must always be connected to the work of Christ, not simply in its origin in the merciful will of God but also in its execution. This is because grace is not a divine sentiment. It is the concrete, divine response to the human problem of sin and death that is manifested in the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. We cannot talk about grace without talking about Christ; grace is Christ, not an abstraction.
The Supper gives us the same Christ to feed on in a different way from that provided by word alone. It involves taste, touch, even sight for those not blind. The Supper enriches the way we receive Christ—not that it is necessary for salvation, any more than a ring is necessary for a marriage, but it does reinforce and seal the promises.
The Lord’s Supper is a means of grace because when it is attached to the word it presses Christ on the believer in a powerful way. To eat the bread and drink the wine is not only to be reminded of Christ’s sacrifice, but it is to know his presence through the Spirit.