What is grace?
There are many questions we can think about and they require serious study, so it is good to consider the most important questions first.
Why is grace important?
Ephesians 2:8 (NKJV) For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.
FOR BY GRACE YOU HAVE BEEN SAVED….
It is vital to understand GRACE because without it we cannot be saved.
- What is salvation?
John 3:16 (NKJV) For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
By GRACE we live forever with God instead of perishing. Without GRACE we cannot know God and we cannot have everlasting life.
So what is GRACE?
GRACE is the translation of the Greek word CHARIS, which has a number or important meanings.
- Firstly, it means FAVOUR.
Lk 1:28 (NKJV) And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favoured one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”
No woman has ever received such favour as Mary. God chose her to be the mother of Jesus, the Son of God.
Lk 1:30-31 (NKJV) Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God.
- And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS.
There is amazing favour here but there is also more than favour. The angel Gabriel was announcing a miracle.
When someone does you a favour, it can be a blessing but when it is God who favours you, His favour brings with it the TRANSFORMING POWER of God Himself.
Few men or women understood the GRACE of God as well as the Apostle Paul.
Paul, originally named Saul, belonged to the legalistic religious Jewish sect called the Pharisees.
The Pharisees were the great enemies of Jesus before the cross and after the cross it was Saul the young Pharisee who led the persecution of the first Christian church in Jerusalem.