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PostSubject: Meaning and Significance of the Grace of God   Tue Nov 17, 2009 11:22 am

Apologetics: What is the meaning and significance of the grace of God?

Ephesians 2:8-9 It is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this not of yourselves it is the gift of God- not by works so that no one may boast.

Def: Unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification.

“Grace” derives from the Greek, charis. In secular Greek, charis was related to chairo, “to rejoice.” As far back as Homer it denoted “sweetness” or “attractiveness.” It came to signify “favor,” “goodwill,” and “lovingkindness” — especially as granted by a superior to an inferior.

In the New Testament, “grace” (156 times) takes on a special redemptive sense in which God makes available his favor on behalf of sinners, who actually do not deserve it.

Why do we need it?
General Grace- Grace to all on earth (below verse)
Specific Grace- Saving grace for Christians

Matthew 5:45 “that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”

This verse shows us a perfect example of general grace.
Specific grace is grace that God gives to those he has chosen to save.
- Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
--The key to grace is the very next verse. Romans 3:24 All are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

So Grace came through Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross.

So what, why does grace matter?

God gave us grace, not mercy.
Mercy= Not getting what you deserve.

Grace= Getting what you don’t deserve.

- Christianity is the ONLY religion that has a God of Grace.

- Islam is the fastest growing world religion. Surah 17:13 reads, “Every man's fate We have fastened on his own neck.”
- In other words, salvation is based on scales of good works vs. wrongdoings.

- The message of grace is the best news in the world to Christians.

A good way to think of grace is this. Imagine that you couldn’t make enough money to provide food for your family. Steal, judge declares guilty, but you don’t have to go to jail, also he will pay for you to feed your family.
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