Grace. What does this word mean to you? As I try to think of what “grace” means to me, I am overwhelmed with the vastness of all its aspects. It is a very broad topic, with many sides and applications; but at the root of it all is something very simple. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
The following are some verses that I have gathered together, as well as some of my own comments, which all pertain to the Believer’s position in Christ. There is a great need to reckon this position if we truly want God to be glorified in our lives.
The word “grace” means several things in the New Testament, such as “unmerited favor,” as we read in Ephesians 1:5: “He destined us in love to be His sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will, to the praise of His glorious grace which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.”(RSV) However, it also describes the power of God, as we read in John 1:12: “But to all who received Him, who believed in His name, He gave power to become children of God.”
We are all under law or standard of some sort or other. When we think of “law,” we have a tendency to think of religious commandments, like those from Leviticus. Most Christians would say they live solely under grace and are not under any form of law, but law is any standard that measures us – anything we measure ourselves by and find some form of comfort in conforming to. After all, we like to know where we stand, don’t we?