Grace is a word I have been thinking about for a while. What is biblical grace? The third definition in the dictionary is, in Christian belief, grace, which is the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessing. That has a lot of grey areas. So I want to explore them.
I am breaking this down. Grace from God is blessing, favor, and kindness. At the point of salvation, God extended grace. We deserve all the consequences for our sins, which, in God’s eyes, we deserve eternal life in hell.
When Adam and Eve took a bite of the apple in Genesis 3, the story continues, and both Adam and Eve deserve to be separated from God. This was sin/disobedience. The Bible says God came calling for them, but they were hiding. God knew right where they were and exactly what they had done. The story continues when they talk to God and play the “blame game.” God then told them of the consequences of what they had done. Yet then, because they tried to clothe themselves, God chose to kill an animal (a sacrifice) to make coats of skins and clothe them (Gen 3:21). They didn’t deserve this, yet God did it for them, that is, Grace.
So we see God’s Grace. Even though they (we) deserve not to have any relationship with a Holy God, his grace is extended to us. There are consequences for our sins that don’t change. Our eternal resting place can be called Heaven if we accept what Jesus Christ did at the cross.
It was finished there. God’s grace is so freely given through the life of Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. Many stand at the cross and are the bystanders, but will you go and sit at His feet? Let his precious blood drip down on you. That is Grace. Giving us something we don’t deserve. We, in our earthly bodies.