“Charis”, the new testament word for grace is translated to mean favour, benefit, gift, joy, pleasure and thanks. Grace comes from God as He grants favour and blessing on us – it is unmerited favour; a constant and unchangeable power; an embodiment of God’s transcendence, omnipotence and love in our lives – It reaches into eternity beyond our limits and boundaries.
The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works. (Psalm 145:17)
But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. (Romans 5:15)
This grace is the free gift we need:
TO OBEY GOD’S WILL
By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name. (Romans 1:5)
FOR SALVATION OF OUR SOUL FROM ETERNAL DAMNATION
Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. (Romans 3:24)
TO COME BEFORE GOD
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)
This grace is readily available through the knowledge of God and His Son Jesus Christ:
“Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, according as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue” (2 Pet. 1:2-3, KJV, emphasis added).
But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. (Ephesians 4:7)
To cut it all short, Grace is:
THE FAVOUR OF GOD THAT GIVES US ACCESS TO THE POWER OF GOD FOR EVERYTHING WE NEED FOR LIFE AND GODLINESS.
GOD’S ABILITY WORKING IN US, TO HELP US DO WHAT WE CANNOT DO OURSELVES.
GOD’S PROVISION FOR OUR WEAK PLACES; HIS PROVISION FOR OUR ‘Achilles heel’
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death. (Philippians 3:10)