The word “grace” comes from the Greek word charis, and the Bible has a lot to say about it. In fact, grace is a constant theme in the Word of God. Grace or charis means blessing, favor, or kindness. All Christians are called to extend grace to others, and its meaning becomes more powerful if it is used in connection with God. Understanding the Grace of God is essential for all Christians. It helps us become more thankful for what Jesus has done. It is only by the grace of God that He gave us Jesus. Jesus then saved us and gave us great eternal blessings, rather than a curse, as our sin deserves. Grace is God’s deliverance of benevolence to sinners, the undeserving ones.
It is said in the Bible that “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.” (Ephesians 2:8 (ESV)). There is no way for human beings to enter into a relationship with God unless He extends His grace to us. No matter how much effort we put in, we cannot obtain and enjoy grace based on our own works. Grace is purely from God and by God. While grace is mostly stated in the New Testament, it is important to remember that it began in the Garden of Eden when God killed an animal to cover the sins of Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:21). God could have killed Adam and Eve because of their disobedience, and would still be a just and righteous God. Yet, He did not. By the grace of God, He chose to make a way for Adam and Eve and the rest of mankind to correct their path with Him. Adam and Eve chose poorly, since they followed Satan’s word instead of God’s command. Despite that, rather than instantly destroying both of them, He promised the deliverance of a Messiah, Jesus, to crush the head of Satan (Genesis 3:15). God also promised that anyone who believes in Jesus will not perish, but will have an eternal life (John 3:16).
Grace to You
Numerous letters of the Apostle Paul began with the phrase “Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 1:7; Ephesians 1:7; and 1 Corinthians 1:3). Paul recognized that grace flows from God and that He is the source of it. As Christians, it is important that we give importance to the grace of God and learn to truly appreciate it. Learning how to appreciate the grace of God through Jesus Christ is vital, and should give us great joy.
Remember that grace and mercy are not the same. While mercy withholds a punishment that sinners deserve, grace gives us hope and blessings that we truly don’t deserve. In mercy, our Almighty God has canceled our debt of sin by sacrificing His perfect and only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, in our place (2 Corinthians 5:21; Titus 3:5). However, God went even further than mercy and has extended grace to sinners like us (Romans 5:10). The grace of God gave us both an abundant life (John 10:10) and eternal rewards (Luke 12:33). When the Bible says that God is gracious, it is vital that we believe it. It is necessary to have a clear picture of the grace of God so that we have an idea of what it looks like. By understanding the grace of God, we will be able to gain knowledge and wisdom about His hatred towards sin and love towards us. Reading and studying the Bible should also give us a clear picture of God’s grace and His love for us through Jesus Christ.
The grace of God should regularly leave us in awe. Our God does not make mistakes, so whatever He does is just and upright. Jesus Christ chose to obey the Father and gave us an opportunity to enjoy the glory of the Holy Trinity. It is true that we are truly righteous in Christ. In His grace, we are not destroyed and He does not punish us for every wrongdoing that we commit. This is a daily form of grace that we enjoy. What’s even more amazing about the Grace of God is that it protects us from moving away from Him. Jesus Christ is the Great Shepherd who protects and seeks us whenever we are lost.
The Grace of God is unique and distinct from the Christian faith. You can’t find any religion or institutions that emphasize pure and divine grace the way the Bible does. Let us always remind ourselves of what God has done for us. Be perpetually thankful to God and never forget that it is only because of God’s grace that He gave us Jesus Christ, our Great King and Savior.