Today’s Scripture: For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God (Eph. 2:8).
Grace is a constant theme in the Bible. Grace in Christianity is the free and unmerited favor of God. God’s favor gives us good things that we do not deserve and could not ever earn. Anything good that we experience is the result of God’s grace (Eph. 2:5).
The word grace means favor, blessings, or kindness. Grace is God’s benevolence to the undeserving. Instead of judgment God chooses to bless us rather than curse us as our sin deserves. As Christians we benefit from God’s grace by our position in Christ through our faith. Instead of judgment we receive by grace, salvation, forgiveness of sins, abundant life, and an eternity in Heaven (John 10:10; Rev. 21-22). God’s grace allows us to approach His throne with confidence that we may received mercy and help at the time of need.
“Sovereign grace” combines two of God’s attributes, His sovereignty and His graciousness. Both of these characteristics of God are so vast that many volumes have been written about each. Sovereign grace is the melding of the two into a truth that gives us a glimpse into the mind and heart of God. The sovereignty of God means that He has total control of all things past, present, and future. Nothing happens without His knowledge or His control. All things are either caused by Him or allowed by Him for His purpose and through His perfect will and timing (Rom. 11:36; 1 Cor. 8:6).
“Saving grace” refers to a redeeming quality or factor that makes a person or a thing acceptable. The word grace on its own means it is an unmerited divine assistance given upon God’s elect for their regeneration and sanctification. Simply stated, Christians receive salvation only by the grace of God, through the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Salvation is a free gift and the motive for the gift is nothing more than the grace of the Giver.
“Common grace” refers to the sovereignty of God in which He bestows grace on all of mankind regardless of their spiritual standings before Him. Christians are justified freely by God’s grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus (Rom. 3:24). The atheist enjoys the effects of God’s grace through the beauty of creation. He also benefits from the provision of resources such as food, clothing, housing, etc. God doesn’t owe these things to anyone, but He provides them to exhibit His grace.
God is the only absolute and omnipotent ruler of the universe. He is sovereign in creation, providence and redemption. God bestowed His sovereign grace on believers to demonstrate “the riches of His glory”. Grace is God giving the greatest treasure and one of His most precious gift to us.
May you grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Blessings of my love to you!