The Grace Of God.

God is good, and He has given us the gift of Jesus the Messiah as our salvation. In the book of John we see this being spelled out for us early in the narration.

In John 1:14-17 we read this...

John 1:14-17 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John bore witness about Him, and cried out, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because He was before me.’”) For from His fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

This gift of 'Jesus' is the gift of the grace of God. Jesus is our grace!

Some attempt to simplify the definition of grace by saying that grace is unmerited pardon, or unmerited favour. I find this not wholly satisfactory though since as Jesus was full of grace, it suggests that the favour that Jesus had was unmerited!

I think that a better simple definition would just be "favour", even though to us, of course, it is unmerited! Nevertheless this would be an over simplification since grace is also God's "empowerment", God's "salvation", God's "love" and God's "forgiveness" to us, enabling us to walk according to His word. And, there is even more that we can say about this grace from God.

Let's take a look at Titus 2:11-14 to see the "empowering' to which I'm referring...

Titus 2:11-14 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession who are zealous for good works.

What I notice here is that first it says the grace of God has appeared bringing salvation. Paul is equating grace, with Jesus Christ who was the actual one who appeared bringing salvation to us!

Then Paul tells us that this grace trains us to live godly lives. Yet we know that it's Jesus' who came to teach through His life and the training He left us through the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, etc. Also, as Christians, He guides us through His spirit in us, the Holy Spirit that Jesus sent to guide and train us in godliness.

This grace is, as we see, empowerment to live godly lives. As Paul also points out in the 2st Corinthians, Chapter 12, verse 9...

1 Cor 12:9 But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."

Notice that God's grace is His power to work in our lives! And, we should go to God at all times to receive more of that grace.

Heb 4:16 Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

I think that we should see that Paul is letting us know that Jesus, the gift of God to us, is our grace; our favour and empowerment to live godly lives and walk in the light.

If we think that we have to live by our own strength we will be frustrated at our failure or have to come up with strange doctrines allowing us to seem right with God (in our own eyes), while staying in our sins.

No, God wants us to be overcomers; but to do that we need to be empowered by His grace, just like Paul and the other Apostles and Disciples through the ages!

We can see even more how God's grace is the power to bring us everything of value in life, in 2 Peter, Chapter 1, verses 2-3.

2 Pet 1:2-3 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.

Best wishes for Grace and the Peace of Jesus.
Attlee.

Another thought...

Paul's Thorn In The Flesh. Click Here.
Grace and Law in Ancient Israel. Click Here.
What do you mean - Grace? Click Here.
The Heart Of God Click Here.