The word grace comes from the Latin word ‘gratia,’ and the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it as ‘unmerited divine assistance given to humans for their regeneration or sanctification’
It is used a lot of times both in the O.T and N.T of the bible, the numbers vary depending on the bible version. The Apostle Paul used it the most and thus no wonder he is called ‘the apostle of Grace’. Theologians classify grace into two main types: common grace and special grace but both focus on the undeserving nature.
The following verses clearly state our salvation is a free gift and undeserved favor of God;
- Ephesians 2:8: “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.
- Romans 3:24: “[We] are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”
- Romans 5:15: “If many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many.”
- Romans 11:5–6: “At the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace. But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace.”
Thank you, lord, only through your grace we are righteous and we will be celebrating eternity with you. Please remind us from time to time your love and grace during our walks in this world!