Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Amazing Grace

First I want to start out defining grace according to the Bible. Here's the definition given in the dictionary:
grace [greys] noun, verb, graced, grac·ing.
  1. favor or good will.
  2. mercy; clemency; pardon: an act of grace.
  3. Theology.
    a.the freely given, unmerited favor and love of God.
    b.the influence or spirit of God operating in humans to regenerate or strengthen them.
    c.a virtue or excellence of divine origin: the Christian graces.
    d.Also called state of grace, the condition of being in God's favor or one of the elect.
Here's two scriptures which stand out in God's word that give a great definition of God's grace.

Ephesians 2:1-9
1 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, 3 among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.

Romans 3:21-25
21 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed,

Here is a wonderful video sharing one man's interpretation of the song "Amazing Grace".