Grace: Defined

Grace: Defined


Answer this question: How many times is Christ recorded using the term “grace” in the gospels?

The remarkable answer:  NONE!  However, Christ’s lessons and life were full of demonstrations of grace.  In fact, grace was the only reason the Christ left Heaven and became a man.


Most of us have known the term “grace” for the majority of our lives, and we often hear it defined as “God’s Riches at Christ’s Expense.”  This acrostic connotes the idea that we can experience God’s goodness because Christ paid the price of our sins on the cross.

The word grace comes from an old Hebrew term meaning “to bend, to stoop.”  This definition has the idea of “condescending favor” (Swindoll).

Momentarily, imagine that you are in London, and the queen is walking down the road with her security entourage.  Suddenly, she turns, dismissing her guards, and initiates a full conversation with you.  Yes, you–an American who does not have the faintest idea of what “bangs and mashers” are.  For nearly half of an hour, the queen discusses your family, aspirations, needs, and desires.  Then, as if nothing strange has occurred, she wanders back to her security brigade and continues on her way.

This is undeniable grace.  You have no royal blood to make you worthy of the Queen’s friendship.  No credentials make you important to the Queen.  Although you are not worthy, she lowers herself to your level.  She is kind for no apparent reason.

Her majesty showed grace.

In the same way, Christ demonstrated grace when He left Heaven to be born as a human baby.   He showed grace every time He conversed with a man or woman.  He used an unimaginable amount of grace to sacrifice his life on the cross and pay the price for all or our sins.

Grace is the means by which unworthy humans can receive the eternal value of heaven.

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