Beat God to the Punch is based on the premise that someday every knee will bow to Christ (Philippians 2:9-11), so author Eric Mason suggests we beat God to the punch by submitting our lives to Him in humility so God’s grace can work in and through our lives. We will either bow to Christ willingly now, or we will bow to Christ by force when He returns. Rather than facing judgment, Mason argues it’s more desirable to beat God to the punch and bow to Christ willingly.
Chapter One: Crossing Paths with Grace describes grace as a person—God made flesh in Jesus Christ. Chapter Two: Experiencing Grace explains five definitions or facets of grace. Chapter Three: How Grace Works offers an explanation of how the names of Christ are sufficient for our every need. Chapter Four: Grace Recovered describes the great moves of God throughout history and how grace was the underlying force driving them forward. And Chapter Five: Completing Work of Grace looks at future grace and how God’s grace will lead us home. It explores the “Already, but not yet” of our position in Christ and our sanctification over time as a work of grace in our lives.
The message of this short book is excellent. I thought there were too many “fillers” such as an excessive number of long quotes, long lists, etc. But otherwise, this is an important message about living a grace-filled life and has a lot of simple explanations about salvation that would be helpful to unbelievers or new Christians.
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