Ephesians 2:8–9 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
What Is The Grace Of God And How Does It Impact Us?
To put it simply, grace is defined as God’s undeserved favor. God showers us with His love and blessings without us doing anything to earn it. How amazing is that!
Isn’t this the opposite of what religion teaches us, that we must be superstar Christians in order to earn God’s love?
Take note of this: Grace is described as a ‘gift’ in Ephesians 2:8–9. Imagine receiving a gift from the creator of the universe Himself! Grace is God’s gift to us. Let’s unwrap it and check out the contents, shall we?
What The Grace Of God Is :
1. Grace is agape love.
2. Grace is power and pardon.
3. Grace is healing.
4. Grace is a person.
5. Grace is the gospel.
1. Grace Is Agape Love
Would you consider taking the place of a prisoner you don’t even know and dying a painful death in his place so he can walk free? Sounds insane, doesn’t it!? But that is exactly what Jesus did for us on the cross.
But God loves us deeply. He is full of mercy. So He gave us new life because of what Christ has done. He gave us life even when we were dead in sin. God’s grace has saved you.
God hates sin because sin blinds us to God’s love and brings in death. God hates anything that hurts His children and separates us from Him.
So what did God do? Through Jesus, He took all the sins of the world upon Himself. Sin always brings punishment. God Himself bore our punishment so we might walk free. He chose to die the most horrific death for us even when we didn’t know Him. This unconditional and self-sacrificing love is what agape love is. Agape is the highest form of love and originates from God.
God’s love is not based on how good we are; it is based on how good He is. We are saved not by anything we do but by receiving God’s gift of what He’s done for us. Salvation is a gift of grace. And gifts can not be earned. They are freely given.
Grace is God’s agape love poured out on us.
2. Grace Is Power And Pardon
The word grace comes from the Greek word Charis.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia makes this interesting comment on the word charis:
In later Greek charis also had the sense of force or power. Grace became the power of God to enable Christians to live the new life in Christ.
People often think grace is only forgiveness. But that is a very limiting view of grace. Grace is God’s power operating in us.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
God doesn’t just save us and then leave us to struggle on our own. Whatever struggle we face, God’s answer to that is “My power is sufficient.” We can never live holy lives by our own efforts. Holiness can only come from God, not from within ourselves. Whatever battle you are fighting, whether internal or external, rely on God’s strength, not your own.
Grace is God’s power at work in us, enabling us to live godly lives.
Grace is not just pardon. Grace is power and pardon.
3. Grace Is Healing
Ephesians 2:8 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith”
We often think of salvation as simply being saved to go to heaven when we die. While in reality, being saved means our earthly lives today are impacted as well.
The word saved used in Ephesians 2:8 comes from the Greek word Sozo, which means more than forgiveness. To say I’m saved (Sozo) is to say “I’m delivered, healed, and made whole”. When we are saved, we don’t just receive forgiveness, we also receive healing.
Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits— who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
But He was pierced for our offenses, He was crushed for our wrongdoings; The punishment for our well-being was laid upon Him, And by His wounds we are healed.
Jesus healed everyone who came to Him without giving them a list of conditions or things to do in order to earn their healing from Him. He freely healed everyone who came to Him.
Jesus was probably thinking of each of us His children being saved as He was being tortured, beaten, and pierced to the point that His flesh was shredded and His bones were exposed. By His stripes, we are healed.
We are all in need of healing, either emotional or physical. Sometimes we need healing from past relationships and choices. Sometimes we need healing from physical ailments. No matter how bad our situation is, we are never beyond the reach of God’s grace. His healing now flows into every area of our need.
4. Grace Is A Person
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people.
Here, Paul says to Titus that the grace of God appeared and brought salvation to all men. Grace is not a biblical concept. Grace is a person and that person is Jesus. Through Jesus, we are “GRACED” with God’s blessings. Grace lives within us, walks beside us, and works through us to produce good fruits.
God’s primary purpose in creating man was for man to live in union with God, eternally enjoying His presence. Through grace, Jesus comes and lives within us. We are one with God! The only thing we need to do is keep our eyes focused on Christ as His spirit transforms us into His image.
Lord, what has man done to deserve such a privilege as having you dwell within him? Nothing. This truly is grace-the supernatural union of God and man.
5. Grace Is The Gospel
A lot of people think grace is a doctrine or subject of the bible. This is wrong. Grace is the Gospel itself! The word gospel means good news.
Ephesians 2:8–9 clearly states that grace is not a result of our work but it is a gift. So no one can boast about earning it from God. When we start believing that we can receive God’s grace by our good deeds, it’s our pride at work, blinding us from our weaknesses and need for Christ. When we boast in our works, we call Christ’s sacrifice worthless because if we could be perfect on our own, then Christ died in vain.
God is not a moral monster placing impossible demands on people and punishing them for not meeting His high standards. We can have peace knowing our relationship with God is not a business transaction, where we do something for God and He, in return, does something for us. Our relationship with God is that of a parent and a child where our father laid down His life so his children could live in freedom and enjoy His blessings.
Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
God is our supplier, our strength and He is forever pleased with us. We can do nothing to increase or decrease His love because Christ has once and for all swapped our sin with His righteousness. We are now permanently righteous in God’s eyes. Just like we did nothing to earn our righteousness, nothing we do can cause us to lose it.
God’s Grace Is Sufficient
How marvelous is the unfailing love of our Father, that no matter how weak, flawed, or broken we are, He still wants us for Himself?! Nothing can separate us from the love of God. His Spirit dwells in us, helps, and comforts us. God’s grace is not a performance-based gift. His grace is given not because we have done good works, but in order that we may be able to do them.
Whatever trial you face, lean on your Father. His grace is sufficient.
This is the gospel of God’s grace and it truly is the GOOD NEWS!