what is grace..?
What is grace anyway?
Here in the south the word grace is often reduced to nice part of a double name (Hannah Grace, Mary Grace, etc. not a bad thing to use as a name) or grace is merely a way to refer to small prayer to bless a meal.
However, we must have a keen understanding of what grace truly is to understand some of the beautiful & integral parts of Scripture like:
“8For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
– Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus, 2:8-10
We can only really understand grace by contrasting to how it differs from other treatments we could receive, specifically between: Justice, Mercy & Grace. Here’s an illustration to draw out the differences:
If I punched you in the face, what would be Justice? For you to punch me in the face right back, right? That’s justice, ‘eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth’ – Exodus 21:24 Justice is getting what we deserve.
If I punched you in the face, what would be Mercy? For you to fully acknowledge the offense, but choose to not inflict punishment and in effect do nothing or withhold just punishment. Mercy is not getting what we deserve.
If I punched you in the face, what would be Grace? For you to fully acknowledge the offense, but then hand over all of your money, not at all out of fear, but out of love for me and then ask is there any other way you could serve me. Grace is not only not getting the negative just punishment we deserve, but receiving positive benefits that we also do not deserve. Grace is getting forgiveness and righteousness from Christ, even though we deserve punishment, a punishment of death (Romans 6:23). Christ takes our punishment of death and bear it on the cross. His death gives up life, He rises from the grave to conquer sin and death for us.
Grace is the amazing gift of God, that we do nothing to deserve, but repent & trust/ believe in Christ to receive. Christ took our just punishment for our sins on the cross (Ephesians 5:2, Hebrews 10:12, 1st Thess. 1:10 & all over) so He could hand us grace to all who would receive Him (John 1:12, John 3:16 & all over)
Read the Scripture above and apply the this definition of grace, this grace of God transforms us and it is what we aim to preach, teach and live (Acts 20:24).