One of the central concepts of Christianity is grace. But grace can only be properly understood against the backdrop of God’s wrath. The wrath of God (found 54 times in the New Testament) is an intense and measured anger against anything that moves against God’s holiness. God being angry about sin is entirely consistent with the righteous nature of a loving God. Against this anger we see the beauty of grace.
What is grace?
It is the loving-kindness (patient favor) God has towards sinners who do not deserve love. Grace is mentioned 156 times in the New Testament.
Who is grace for?
Grace is offered to all people, Titus 2:11. Anyone, regardless of their past actions can receive the grace and forgiveness of God.
Is grace conditional?
The results of grace are conditioned on obedience. Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord (Genesis 6:8) which led to his salvation when he obeyed God (Hebrews 11:7, Genesis 6:22). We must be willing to receive God’s favor, 2 Corinthians 6:1.
How do I find God’s grace?
The scriptures teach us of God’s grace (Titus 2:11-12, Isaiah 2:3, John 6:45). Christianity is a taught religion, Romans 10:17, that leads us to the amazing knowledge of what God has done for each of us.
Must I earn God’s grace?
Grace excludes merit. No one of us can be good enough or earn our salvation, Ephesians 2:8-9. God sent his son to us while we were still in sin, Romans 5:8, and we find our hope only in him. It is so absolutely refreshing when we realize that God truly loves us no matter what.
How do I access God’s grace?
Grace is accessed initially at the point of gospel obedience. Grace is accessed by faith, Romans 5:1-2, and this faith must be an active faith, James 2:21-26. Grace and obedience are not enemies; they are partners in the gospel message.
Continuing in grace
We must continue to walk faithfully to remain in God’s grace, 2 Corinthians 6:1, 1 Corinthians 15:10. While many denominations teach a Christian cannot be lost, the Bible warns us to not fall from grace, Galatians 5:1, Acts 13:43.