Grace cannot be earned! If it is earned it is not grace...it is earnings! The very word envelopes the idea of love or consideration we do not deserve. I note, Franktalk, that nowhere in your statement above does Jesus appear in the process. I don't think that's an accident on your part. It's all about you and your effort making you instead of Jesus the center of the process. How are you doing in losing "the attachment to the world"? Have you achieved it yet...will you ever achieve it...will you ever know if you have done enough? Break one commandment and you have broken them all and slide back down your man made ladder. There is only one place to find peace, rest and security and that is in trusting in Jesus who has already paid everything that you might be saved....while you were yet a sinner, he died for you.1 Peter 1:3 (KJV) (with my comments added)
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope (NOT guaranty) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,1 Peter 1:6-7 (KJV)
6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
There is still the trial of our faith which needs to be endured.1 Peter 4:18 (KJV) (emphasis mine)
And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
The meaning should be obvious.1 Peter 5:8-10 (KJV)
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
Looks like we can still be devoured by Satan.2 Peter 1:3-12 (KJV) (emphasis mine)
3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
8 For IF (again--no guaranty) these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. (Yet Peter is still talking to the SAME group of members; meaning that just because you are a member of the Body of Christ, you can STILL BE BLIND!!!)
10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: (Obviously, if Peter is teaching them to give diligence in order to make their calling and election sure, then they have not yet achieved this!!)
11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. (When and IF they have their calling and election made sure, as explained in verse 10.)
12 Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth. (This is so important that Peter will always remind them of these things, even though at that moment they understood what needed to be done.)
In fact:2 Peter 1:13-15 (KJV) (emphasis and comments are mine)
13 Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance;
14 Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me.
15 Moreover I will endeavour (with speed and diligence) that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.
It is such an important matter that Peter, even knowing that he is soon going to die, wants to remind them again. In verse 15 we see that Peter is going to be diligent AFTER HE IS DEAD to keep reminding them of this.
The point is, that the gift of grace, even though it is free to all, is going to require your faith and diligence to reap the benefits of this gift. Remember, even though this gift is free to all, it is like the Gospel message. Some will reject it. It will be necessary to ADD things to your faith
: virtue, then knowledge, then temperance, then patience, then godliness (!!!), then brotherly kindness, then charity. These additions require YOUR EFFORTS!!
IOW, you need to do the best that you are able to do; this trial of your faith must be endured. It can be lost by the efforts Satan makes; so don't be one of the ones who are blind because they are not diligent and thus do not obtain the other qualities Peter has pointed to!! Especially, don't be one of those who are blind because they think they don't need to do anything to add to their faith because their chosen religious institution has taught them false doctrine concerning this issue!!
It's right there in the Bible!! Why would Peter teach this, or find it of such importance that he is reminding them even though they already understand the importance; and will even be diligent in reminding them after he is dead?? (Have you given any thought as to HOW Peter personally could remind them after he is dead?
....just something to contemplate..)
When we enter the waters of baptism, we are not only manifesting our acceptance of Christ, we are making a promise to God to keep His commandments. Yet we all still fall short. Just like any other promise or covenant we enter into with God, both parties have their end to keep in order for the promise or covenant to be guaranteed. God will ALWAYS keep His part. It is man who falls short; and once we break a promise or covenant, God is no longer bound to it. Through repentance, we can again renew our promise to keep God's commandments. Likewise, to reap the benefits of the gift of Grace, we need to be diligent in growing our faith and adding the other qualities Peter pointed to. They do not come automatically. If they did, no diligence in trying to obtain them would be necessary.
It certainly does not appear unreasonable that we should find in 2Nephi 25:23For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do.