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What is the grace of God?



    
    

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Shea S. Michael Houdmann Supporter Got Questions Ministries
Grace is a constant theme in the Bible, and it culminates in the New Testament with the coming of Jesus (John 1:17). The word translated 'grace' in the New Testament comes from the Greek word chari...

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Image Thomas K M A retired Defence Scientist from Indian Defence R&D Orgn.
John 1:17, the Bible says 
For the law was given through Moses but the grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. Grace and truth are one, that is Jesus Christ. Truth is on the side of Grace, not the law. Law was given and it implies a sense of distance. Grace came and Grace is gentle and warm. 

Grace is not teaching or a doctrine. Grace is a person. You can have relationship with that person. Grace is right believing on God. Grace is God’s unmerited and undeserved favour. God is not interested in mere obedience and submission. He is a God of love. He longs to have relationship with you. This is why Christianity is unique. Many of the world’s belief systems are governed by moral codes, rules and laws. But Christianity is not about these things. It is all about a relationship with Almighty God. There is also glory in woks and work rewards wages. But grace is a free gift from God. When Jesus cried out, "It is finished!" the wall of sin that separated us from God crumbled, and God unleashed a flood tide of His grace upon us. The grace is still flowing towards us today, supplying whatever need in this life, daily loading us with abundant benefits. 

The essence of God’s grace is supply. When you are conscious of His supply, instead of demands of the world, you are under His grace. The you will see His abundant provision forever.

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9aa51e4b447252291b959c696fb96539 400x400 Jeremiah Kaaya Pastor at Springs of Power Church, Teacher by professional
Grace is divine assistance to humans. It is not based on any merit other than submission to God through His son Jesus Christ purposely for sanctification, regeneration and strength to overcome whatever human weaknesses may be. 

It is the Spirit of God operating in humans to add on their strength in a supernatural way so they are able to live their lives for and to the glory of God. By Grace, everybody is potentially a God fearing person. Nobody was created a thief, a murderer, a homosexual. Everybody can be transformed to God fearing people by the grace of Christ.

Just like Righteousness, Grace is exclusively of God. Nobody else apart from God, in either spirit or flesh can afford what it takes to possess it. For it is priceless to be gracious. Grace is God's way and God Himself. 

How does grace work?

A simple demonstration of how grace works: If a wildly looking man raped your innocent teenage daughter in whom you have invested much and in whom you have lots of hope. Yet this very man finds it very difficult to recognize he has committed a crime. What would you do? The courts of law take course anyway. But after the trials, the man is condemned to death by hanging. Then as the one upon whose daughter the crime was committed, you stand up and and ask the Justice to set the rapist free. Upon this, the rapist is set free, but the other part of him of a rapist still remains. For he would carry on doing just that. What makes him to rape comes from within him. Who will get in the inside of him to set him free of such? Will adherence to the law get us out of such a situation? 

But then, you carry on and do not let this rapist simply go unattended to. On this account, you decide to carry him home for rehabilitation. You disregard all odds and accommodate him, feed him, clothe him, pray for him, counsel him, until that time when he recovers from former self to a better person. But recall that despite what you are doing to help this man recover, he is the very man who raped your teenage daughter. But you offer him an opportunity to live a decent life again in place of condemnation. What would this be? This is what we call GRACE. No human can afford this if it is not for God's intervention. For it is not of humans to be gracious. We can only be so when with God who is all gracious. Grace therefore only comes from God because it is priceless to be gracious.

For we had been condemned until when Christ showed up. Yet we carry on boasting of sin. Despite all this, God has not given up on us. His grace has in stead simply abounded. Thus, Ephesians 2:8-9 tells that we are saved not by the law, for it had already failed but by the Grace of God. A person would go on just to rape well knowing they are breaking the law, but they will do it anyway. For the law touches not the heart, but the spirit searches the deepest of us. God loves it that we should know the truth rather than being commanded like speechless animals. When you know the truth, you will stop to glory in the law and simply be thankful to God for His ever abounding grace (John 8:32). For the law has always failed yet grace has always abounded through Christ.

How does grace come forth?

Grace comes by intercession. For if Christ had simply died and rose from the dead and hadn't carried on interceding for us so we are transformed, we wouldn't have benefited as much from the penalty He had paid. Why? For Jesus' death is a one off, yet for the transforming grace is another. To confess Christ should have been all, yet this is not when you are completely free of sin. If it hadn't been for Christ interceding for us, there wouldn't be space for transformation. The devil would carry on laying charge on us. And yet we are well aware that the righteous Lord God the Father hates sin. But with Christ on the Father's right hand interceding for us, it is made possible that we are given time and power to be transformed for God (Romans 8:32-34). By grace, we are all welcome! HALLELUJAH!

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