What is Grace?
The definition of the word "grace" is "unmerited favor." In other words...as you look at
the grace of God or the grace of Jesus...what God and Jesus did for us was:
- A great blessing or favor for us, and
- Was not earned or merited by us.
Let's say that you work 50 hours in a week.
At the end of that
week, you receive a paycheck for $500. The paycheck you received is a great
blessing or favor...but it is not grace. The paycheck that you
received is something that you
earned by the work you performed (or the work you should have performed).
However, using a similar example...let's say that you were unable to work because of illness. At the end
of the week you receive nothing from your employer. But a stranger comes
up and gives you a check for $500 because of the love they have in their heart.
This is an example of grace. You did not earn the money, nor did
you deserve that great blessing or favor from that stranger...but yet you still
have access to the gift.
As a side note...in order for you to receive the
$500, you must take the stranger's check and cash it
or deposit it in your account. The tasks that
you perform (e.g., going to the bank, endorsing the
check, etc.) are conditional for you to receive the
gift. If you choose not to cash or deposit the
check...you will never receive the benefit of the
gift. But if you do choose to cash or deposit
the check...you also know that your efforts to
accept the gift are by no means sufficient to earn
the gift you are receiving.
The Grace of God and Jesus:
Throughout history, God and Jesus have bestowed their never-ending grace upon
mankind. When the New Testament speaks of grace, it is usually referring
to the specific gospel of grace that involves Jesus coming to this earth to die
for our sins...and to be raised from the grave. Let's look at this
specific example of grace...and how it relates specifically to our salvation:
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The Building Blocks of God's Grace