Grace is a recurring theme in the Bible, culminating in the New Testament with the arrival of Jesus Christ (John 1:17). In the New Testament, the word “Grace” is derived from the Greek word Charis, which means “favour, blessing, or kindness.” We can all show grace to others; however, when the word grace is associated with God, it takes on a more powerful meaning. Grace is God’s decision to bless us rather than curse us for our sin. It is His kindness to the underserving.
“For by grace are you saved, through faith, and that not of yourselves,” says Ephesians 2:8. The only way any of us can have a relationship with God is through His grace. Grace began in the Garden of Eden when God sacrificed an animal to atone for Adam and Eve’s sin (Genesis 3:21).
He could have immediately killed the first humans for their disobedience. Instead of destroying them, He chose to make a way for them to be right with Him.
That pattern of grace was continued throughout the Old Testament when God instituted blood sacrifice to atone for those sacrifices that cleansed sinners; rather, it was the spiritual blood of those sacrifices. It was God’s grace that forgave those who trusted in Him (Hebrews 10:4; Genesis 15:6). Sinful men demonstrated their faith by making the sacrifice that God demanded.
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“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,” the apostle Paul began many of his letters Romans 1:7; Ephesians 1:1; 1 Corinthians 1:3). God is the source of all grace, and all other grace flows from Him.
God demonstrated both mercy and grace, but they are not the same thing. Mercy withholds a punishment that we deserve, while grace bestows a blessing that we do not deserve.
When we accept His offer and place our faith in His sacrifice, He offers us forgiveness Hebrews 8:12; Ephesians 1:7), reconciliation (Colossians 1:19-20), abundant life (John 10:10), eternal treasure (Luke 12:33), His Holy Spirit (Luke 11:13), and a place in heaven with Him someday (John 3:16-18) when we accept His offer and put our faith in His sacrifice.
Grace is God bestowing the greatest treasure on the least deserving – each of us.
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