So…about three days ago I was flipping through Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul (I actually read it almost three years ago). I came across a section about God’s grace and I thought that might be a good topic to discuss. But first, for starters, we must know what the word “grace” means. So what does grace (biblically) mean?
Grace means (at least from the dictionaries I’ve looked at) the free and unmerited favor of God. My mother use to explain it like this: grace is getting something that you don’t deserve and mercy is not getting something that you do deserve. Mercy, you say, I thought we were talking about grace? I know, I just want to make sure that you know the difference between grace and mercy because they’re definitely NOT the same thing. Mercy is forgiveness given to someone by someone who could punish them instead. Grace is blessings given to someone who should be punished.
Okay, now that we know what the word “grace” means, what does God’s Grace have to do with us (as Christians)? God’s grace is one of the foundational reasons why we can be saved and be “Christians”. Without God sending His one and only Son to suffer and get the punishment we deserved, we wouldn’t be able to be saved. Jesus taking on all our sins and dying to give us the chance to be able to believe in Him and live in Heaven after our life here on Earth, that’s grace. I think this Bible verse states how we are saved quite clearly.
“We believe that we are all saved the same way, by the undeserved grace of the Lord Jesus.”
We are all saved by grace. There’s not one person who lived, lives, or will live that has not been saved by grace. This next verse also says what God’s Grace does.
“For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people.”
The grace of God, His undeserved favor, has come. This saving grace brings salvation to all people. Isn’t that amazing?
“What we do see is Jesus, who was given a position “a little lower than the angels”; and because he suffered death for us, he is now “crowned with glory and honor.” Yes, by God’s grace, Jesus tasted death for everyone.”
God’s grace is the reason Jesus suffered and was tortured to death. Because he did that for us he was taken from his position “a little lower than the angels” to now where he is seated at the right hand of God “crowned with glory and honor”.
“It is the same today, for a few of the people of Israel have remained faithful because of God’s grace—his undeserved kindness in choosing them. And since it is through God’s kindness, then it is not by their good works. For in that case, God’s grace would not be what it really is—free and undeserved.”
We must always remember that God’s grace is free and undeserved, as the verse states above. It wouldn’t be grace if it was not free and undeserved and it wouldn’t mean anything either. We can not comprehend how much grace God has given us, but God’s grace is not infinite. There will come a time when judgement will fall as described in Revelation.
“I say this because some ungodly people have wormed their way into your churches, saying that God’s marvelous grace allows us to live immoral lives. The condemnation of such people was recorded long ago, for they have denied our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.”
As Jude wrote above, we should not use God’s grace to our advantage. Look at what James says.
“What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone?”
If people use God’s grace as a free ticket to live immoral lives, thinking that they won’t get the consequences that come from sinning (which they will), are those people even saved in the first place? If you are saved by God’s grace, you should want to follow Christ because God, through the Holy Spirit, has given you the need or want to follow Him.
So I’d like to close off with a verse from “Amazing Grace”:
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now I’m found.
‘Twas blind, but now I see.
Doesn’t this portion of the song speak such truth? God’s grace has saved us all. We are so blessed to have such a gracious God.