Grace

charis

Thayer Definition:

1) grace

1a) that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness: grace of speech

2) good will, loving-kindness, favour

The apostle Paul opened and ended every single epistle with a reference to God’s grace. 

Romans 1:7

Grace to you and peace from the God of our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ

What is grace?

Mercy is not getting what you deserve and grace is getting what you don’t deserve.

No fear in grace

Luk 1:30  Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.

We can increase our measure of grace

Luk 2:52  And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.

Joh 1:14  And the Word became 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.

Grace creates unity and salvation

Act 2:46  So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart,

Act 2:47  praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.

The gospel attracts grace

Act 4:33  And with great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and abundant grace was upon them all.

Grace is a sign of a true move of God

Act 11:23  When he came and had seen the grace of God, he was glad, and encouraged them all that with purpose of heart they should continue with the Lord.

Grace grants signs and wonders to be done

Act 14:3  Therefore they stayed there a long time, speaking boldly in the Lord, who was bearing witness to the word of His grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands.

We’re sent out in God’s grace

Act 15:40  but Paul chose Silas and departed, being commended by the brethren to the grace of God.

We are strong and are imparted blessings in His grace.

Act 20:32  “And so now, I entrust you into God’s hands and the message of his grace, which is all that you need to become strong. All of God’s blessings are imparted through the message of his grace, which he provides as the spiritual inheritance given to all of his holy ones.

We are gifted through grace

Rom 1:5  Through him a joy-producing grace cascaded into us, empowering us with the gift of apostleship, so that we can win people from every nation into a faithful commitment to Jesus, to bring honor to his name.

We are justified by His grace

Rom 3:24  being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,

Grace gifts us righteousness

Rom 5:17  For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)

Grace overcomes sin and death

Rom 5:20  Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more,

Rom 5:21  so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Rom 6:14  For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

Grace empowers our ministry 

Rom 15:15  And because of the outpouring of God’s grace on my life to be his minister and to preach Jesus, the Anointed One, to the non-Jewish people, I have written rather boldly to you on some themes, reminding you of their importance.

Rom 15:16  For this grace has made me a servant of the gospel of God, constantly doing the work of a priest, for I endeavor to present an acceptable offering to God; so that the non-Jewish people of the earth may be set apart and made holy by the Spirit of holiness.

God’s grace slays

Rom 16:20  And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

Grace is a gift and cannot be earned – so you can’t boast

Rom 11:6  And since it is by God’s grace, it can’t be a matter of their good works; otherwise, it wouldn’t be a gift of grace, but earned by human effort.

Eph 2:8  For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,

Eph 2:9  not of works, lest anyone should boast.

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