The Bible declares in 1 John 4:8, that “God is love,” therefore, all the attributes of love find its roots in Him. Accordingly, grace is an attribute of love according to Paul in 1 Corinthians 13:5, because he writes, “love… keeps no record of wrongs.” That is why John wrote, “For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ,” John 1:17.
As a result, just as Jesus is, “the way, the truth and the life,” likewise, He is, “love and grace.” Grace finds its definition and manifestation through Jesus’ loving nature. So get ready to not only learn about the attribute of grace, but the person of grace- Jesus Christ!
Ephesians 2:8-10, “8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith— and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
GRACE (charis) DEFINED
- Particularly that which causes joy, pleasure, gratification, favor, acceptance, for a kindness granted or desired, a benefit, thanks, gratitude. A favor done without expectation of return; the absolutely free expression of the loving kindness of God to men finding its only motive in the bounty and benevolence of the Giver (CWSB Dictionary).
- Unearned and unmerited favor.
- G.R.A.C.E: God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense!
Titus 2:11-14, “11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.”
- GRACE APPEARED IN CHRIST: The fullness of grace appeared in the person of grace, Jesus Christ, v. 11.
- THE WORK OF GRACE: Does the following two things:
- OFFERS: Salvation to all people, v. 11
- TEACHES: Us to say, (a) “NO” to ungodliness and (b) to “LIVE” self-controlled, upright, and godly lives, v. 12.
- GRACE TO WAIT: Grace will keep us until Jesus comes back, v. 13.
- GRACE FOR PURITY & GOOD WORKS: Jesus’ grace cleanses us so we can be fit to do good works, just like in Ephesians 2:10, “we are God’s handiwork!”
When Jesus, the personification of grace, lives in you, you become a person of grace- purified from all wickedness able to do every good work!