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WHAT YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT GOD'S GRACE
Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 2:13-14
January 22, 2017
L. John Bost
Do you know what grace is? Do you know how it works? You may know much about grace. You may not know as much as you think. In this article, I want us to explore some things you may not know about grace. Of course, I do not know what you know about grace. And, obviously, different people know different facts about grace. Such being the case, I may include some things bere that you do know. Please do not think that I am in any way implying that your knowledge of grace is deficient. Nor am I implying that I know all there is to know on the subject. I certainly do not. Let us learn together.
You May Not Know the Meaning of the Words from the Orginal Languange Translated, "Grace."
There are two words translated, "grace," in the New Testament.
The Greek word, euprepeia, found only once, in James 1:11, means, "goodly appearance, shapeliness, beauty, comeliness," according to Thayer. It is translated, "beauty," or "beautiful appearance," in most versions.
The word that refers to the Grace that brings about our salvation (Titus 2:11; Ephesians 2:8, etc.) is from charis. This word has numerous meanings (See Thayer, Strong, and Vine). When used in reference to salvation, it means, "Good will, loving-kindness, favour," according to Thayer.
You May Not Know How Grace Saves
Paul writes in Ephesians 2:8, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God." Here Paul sets forth the two parts of salvation - God's part and man's part.
God's Part of Salvation
Paul writes, "For by grace are ye saved..." (Ephesians 2:8). Without grace, salvation could not be possible. Favor means, "An act of kindness beyond what is due or usual," according to Oxford Dictionary Online. Grace is the "gift of God." Charis is translated, "gift," in 2 Corinthians 8:4 and used if reference to the gift of money given the needy saints by the Macedonian brethren.
Paul writes in Romans 5:15, "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." "Free gift," here, Is from a word which means, "A favour with which one receives without any merit of his own," according to Thayer. Grace has been referred to as, "Unmerited favor," because of the fact that it is a favor granted by God unearned.
Man's Part of Salvation
Paul writes, "For by grace are ye saved through faith..." (Ephesians 2:8). Sinners are not saved by grace alone! We are saved by "grace through faith." Jesus said, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16). God's grace was manifested in His love which prompted Him to send His son into the world to save those who believed.(Continued on page 2).
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