God's Grace!

God's Grace!

The Bible has much to say about grace and mercy. We will find some passages about grace, some about mercy and sometimes we will find grace and mercy in the same passage. In the Old Testament, God’s grace refers to the deliverance from enemies, affliction or adversity. And as we have already seen, God’s grace in the New Testament focuses on salvation. Some have said that Grace is “God’s riches at Christ’s Expense.” Some have said that Grace is the unmerited or undeserving favor of God to those who are under condemnation. But what does the Bible say? But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:21-24 KJV) Christ redeems us and puts us right with God by the free gift of His grace, not by any good we have done. The Bible goes on to say: In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence.” (Ephesians 1:7-8 KJV) God’s glorious grace is cause for praise. He lavishes upon us the riches of His grace through His Son. We are all familiar with the passage that says: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.“ (Ephesians 2:;8-10 KJV) God’s people are His new creation. God has redeemed His people and equipped us to do good works. We are not saved by good works, but we are saved for God to do good works through us. The Bible says: And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” (John 1:14-17 KJV) God’s presence became a human being and revealed the fullness of God’s identity in flesh. The glory of God became visible as grace and truth which all people need because of Adam’s sin which brought God’s wrath and judgment into the world. The Bible says: “For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)” (Romans 5:17 KJV) Salvation became available to all people. Jesus showed that God’s grace is greater than all human sin

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