What Is Grace?

Simply put, Grace is unmerited favor. It means we get to have eternal life WITH Jesus Christ even though we are not deserving of it because of our sin. It is a gift. A blessing of redemption to salvation of eternal life because of who HE (Jesus) is and not who we are and because of what HE did on the cross for us by suffering and shedding His blood. We are no longer under the law (of sin) but are now under the Grace of God that, through His Son, Jesus Christ, we are free from the bondage of sin and can enter heaven when we die.

We have this Grace because Jesus was crucified on the cross and put to death ALL sin once and for all. It is a personal choice as to whether you will accept His free gift of eternal life and never having to be in bondage to sin again.

How Does Grace Apply To Me?

Grace applies to you the same way it does to everybody. Once you accept God's Grace and are saved, God continues to bestow that Grace upon you everyday. God knows that we sin in the flesh and because we are fallen people, we will always sin while on this earth. As Christians, we try not to but we can't because we are not perfect. That is, we are not perfect in the flesh but, we are made perfect in the SPIRIT of Christ and that is how God looks at us.  That's why scripture says "God's mercies are new everyday". God does not hold your sin over you from yesterday. It is forgotten. He sees you new everyday. Washed clean because of the blood that His Son, Jesus Christ shed for you.

Does that mean that we can just do what we want and not worry about consequences? Absolutely not! It just means that when we do fail and we seek God's forgiveness and are repentant in our heart, God will forgive us and His Grace will cover our sin and we will Never have to pay that penalty eternally. Because this world is under the law, there are consequences for sin such as a crime. We must, under the law be punished. However, under God's law of Grace, we will not be held accountable to be punished in eternal hell and suffer eternally.

Then What's The Difference Between Grace, Mercy and Justice?

Great question!

Grace is the unmerited (undeserving) favor of God. It is giving us the Salvation we don't deserve. It is the redemption of your soul. Mercy is not receiving the punishment or judgement our sins deserve. It is the compassion and forgiveness given in spite of ourselves.

Justice then is that which is given out to make things right. "God is a just judge" (Ps. 7:11-13). But because of God's Grace & Mercy, we won't get what we deserve because He was just when His Son, Jesus Christ, shed His blood and took the punishment for us. It has already been paid! The punishment has already been taken. So, when we die, we won't have to suffer an eternal death or receive the punishments of an eternal hell. Those that reject the salvation of God and do not receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior will end up suffering eternally in hell and will never have eternal life with God.

 

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What Is Faith?

Faith is simply trusting God. Believing what you cannot see or understand and knowing that it is truth. It's not the "guru" or "positive" thinking the world might have you believe. It's something that you can only have through the power of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is what moves people. Through the hearing of God's word it is how we are unified as believers. "Faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ." Romans 10:17

Nothing can be done without the Holy Spirit.

 

How Do I Receive God's Grace?

Just ask Him. Ask Him into your heart and confess Him as Lord and Savior and tell him that you are sorry for your sins.

Many people believe that they have done so many bad things or maybe even just one bad thing and that it is so bad that they can't be forgiven. But it's a lie. The only sin that is not forgivable is the denial of the Holy Spirit, or blasphemy, the rejection of God.

The apostle Paul was a murderer of Christians. A serial killer by our standards if you will. He was in a position of power to arrest and convict and persecute them and had them killed. Yet God, in His infinite Grace, sent the Holy Spirit upon him and he repented. He immediately gave his life to Christ and started living for Him. God then used Paul to start the early church and spread the Gospel and write many of the books of the New Testament.

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Are You Ready To Stand For Christ?

"And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness." Acts 4:31