Grace. What come to mind when you hear that word?
I have an Aunt Grace.
When I was younger, I was not graceful in my athletics.
Ice skaters are full of grace.
God’s grace is greater than our sin.
For more context, click here for last week’s post.
We see how Jesus makes an exchange for us.
He takes the sin and gives back to us, life.
In a word, that is grace.
Today, we will explore this biblical idea of grace a little more in depth.
I have chosen Ephesians 2 as a starting point. Here are verses 1-10:
“1As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh a and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 4But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9not by works, so that no one can boast. 10For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” NIV
Grace is used three times here. I think we can, from this passage, identify some aspects of grace.
- Grace can save. We cannot earn salvation. God has given His grace so that we could be saved.
- Grace can survive. The text says the phrase, “incomparable riches of his grace…” Despite what this world brings, his grace will outlast it.
- Grace can supply. Verse 9 says that we are saved by grace. The next verse tells us we are God’s handiwork. I think that God’s grace helps us to do the good works for which we were created.
- Grace can suffice. Although not specifically stated here, it is implied that God’s grace is enough for our life.
And to that end, I want to leave you with one more verse. It also comes from the apostle Paul but it is not in Ephesians. II Corinthians 12:9 says it all, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
These are words of Jesus directly to Paul. Click here to read the whole chapter.
God’s grace is his favor and favorable inclination towards us. God is extending Himself, reaching forward because He is disposed to bless us.
We do not deserve God’s grace. But we can have this gift anyway.
Can you see that His grace is truly amazing?
Grace has a cousin named Mercy. Next week will feature mercy, another one of God’s amazing characteristics.