What is God's grace? What does the Bible say?
What is God's grace in the Old Testament?
God is graciousness and compassion.
"And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, 'The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation'" (Exodus 34:6-7).
People cried to God for grace.
"Turn, LORD, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love" (Psalm 6:4).
What is God's grace in the New Testament?
"I will be glad and rejoice in your love, for you saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul" (Psalm 31:7)
"But I pray to you, LORD, in the time of your favor; in your great love, O God, answer me with your sure salvation. Rescue me from the mire, do not let me sink; deliver me from those who hate me, from the deep waters. Do not let the floodwaters engulf me or the depths swallow me up or the pit close its mouth over me. Answer me, LORD, out of the goodness of your love; in your great mercy turn to me" (Psalm 69:13-16).
Grace is often talked about in relation to salvation.
"This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus" (Romans 3:22-24).
The grace of Christ dispensed spiritual gifts
"In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of Godís grace" (Ephesians 1:7).
"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faithóand this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of Godónot by works, so that no one can boast. For we are Godís handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do" (Ephesians 2:8-10).
"Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God" (Romans 5:1-2)
"For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive Godís abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!" (Romans 5:17).
"For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people" (Titus 2:11).
We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us..." (Romans 12:6).
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"But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it" (Ephesians 4:7).
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