Why do you think God wants us to know about His grace? All we have to do is just look around and see there are people everywhere that don’t know anything about God’s grace. Or, how many believers don’t understand God’s grace and live with a sense of shame and condemnation? And how many believers are performance oriented? How many believers live discouraged because they can never live up the expectations of themselves or others?
There is such a misunderstanding of what God’s grace does, even among believers. Is grace unmerited favor? Is it the divine enablement of God? Or should the question be, “What does grace do? One of the aspects of grace is: It does divinely enable us to live a new life in Christ.
Grace is the unmerited, undeserved, unearned kindness and favor of God!
So, what does unmerited mean? Ephesians 2:8, 9 – For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, (Verse 9) not of works, lest anyone should boast.
There will be no boasting in heaven! No one will be able to say, “Look what all I did to get here!” We will be there because of Jesus and what He did, not us. When we first get saved, we know we didn’t merit anything to get saved. However, maybe twenty years later, after all the good things we’ve done for God, we may think more highly of ourselves, as if we deserved it.
Grace is undeserved!
Even though a person might be a pastor, teacher or leader in the body of Christ, they are still undeserving of God’s grace. Romans 3:24 – being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
Our English pronunciation of the word grace is “Charis.” The “C” in Greek is silent. So this word is actually pronounced “Ha-ris,” the “i” would be pronounced like “ee.” But it does mean the unmerited favor of God. However, this word was a cultural word before it was a Scriptual word.
The cultural meaning of “Charis” is it implies or is referred to a gift from a superior to an inferior. This was inferior in “goods,” someone in need. When a person that had wealth gave something to a person in need, that was called grace. This giving involved three parties. The person providing the goods was called the “patron.” The person receiving the goods was called the “client.” But the third person was called the “broker.”
The broker would go out into the community and see the needs of the “inferior” and would bring them together with the “superior.” The brokers actually paid for the merchandise that was given. The patron provided it, the client received it, but the broker paid for it! (Does this sound familiar?)
The broker is Jesus. He brought us together with the Father, but He also paid fully for us.
Grace is also unearned.
Romans 11:6 – and if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work.
If it’s free it’s not earned, otherwise free is not free. If it’s earned then it’s not free otherwise earned is not earned. It’s one or the other. Grace is either free or it’s earned and we can’t have it both ways.
Baker encyclopedia of the Bible: “Grace is the dimension of divine activity that enables God to confront human indifference and rebellion with an inexhaustible capacity to forgive and to bless.”
I think Satan loves to get people to argue about grace to the point that makes people forget that “Christ died for our sins!” Everything we do in this life that we achieve is because the Father pushes, pulls, and carries us to the finish line. We don’t get there on our own. We get there because Jesus brought us to the Father and took care of us and paid for it all!
That’s the Grace of God!!