Grace refers to an underserved favor. In spiritual terms, it is the unmerited favor of God shown to save sinners and the bestowal of God’s blessings. Truly there is nothing we have done, as a race, to merit God’s favor. The Bible calls it the free gift of God –free, yet priceless. Today’s blog post brings into perspective the saving grace of God.
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.Eph. 2:8
We must remember at all times that we are saved by grace. The point of emphasis here is on grace. Works cannot save us. There is nothing we can do or not do that will bring us salvation. Only Jesus can save us and the fact that He did that for us while were enemies with Him only proves grace. It is a display of God’s love toward hateful sinners. It is grace. (Gal. 2:16; 2Tim. 1:9)
In addition, we can only come into the salvation of grace through our faith. Ephesians 2:8 tells us that we are saved through faith. Our belief in the finished work of Christ (grace) is what saves us. The fact that we simply have to believe in all Jesus has done is grace. If we were required to do something to earn that salvation, then it would no longer be grace (Rom. 11:6). For it to be grace, it has to be totally unmerited and we know that we can never merit anything before God.
It is good for us to establish the fact that grace is a gift. We did not earn it and we are definitely not entitled to it. It is out of God’s kindness and love that we have obtained it and the only way to access it is through faith. Erroneously, some believers have thought that they had a part to play in their salvation. But this is the truth; not works, not actions, it is by the grace of God that we are saved through faith.
This grace is an expression of His love. When we see the grace of God, we must remember that it was bestowed from a place of love. John 3:16 says “for God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten son, whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life”. The free gift given here was because of how much God loves us.
However, grace is not a license to sin. It is “saving” grace not “implicating” grace. If it led us to more damnation then it would not be grace. It would only be a highway to punishment. Grace, instead, is saving. It saves us from God’s wrath, eternal peril, sin, sickness and every other vice there is.
Titus 2:11-12 tells us that it teaches us to live godly lives and reject what is wrong. Grace empowers us to live lives that please God. It saves us from perishing (Jhn. 3:16). Furthermore, Jesus didn’t have to save us from sickness and evil, saving us from eternal doom was enough. But by grace, we also received access to divine health and divine life here on earth. (1 Pet. 2:4; 2 Cor. 12:9; Heb. 4:16)
This grace is found in no other than Jesus Christ. Without knowing Jesus, you cannot know God’s saving grace. Anything “salvation” is found only in Jesus Christ. As mentioned earlier, the only thing required of you is your faith. The saving grace of God is available in Jesus (alone) if only you could believe in Him.
If you would like to make Jesus the Lord of your life say this prayer: Dear Jesus, I accept you as my Lord and I choose you today, tomorrow, and forever to follow, love, and serve. Amen.
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