Understanding the concept of grace in the bible
A 5 Minute Read Christian Article by Adrian Goh Guan Kiong
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Grace is a central concept in the Bible that refers to the unmerited favor and love of God towards humanity. It emphasizes God’s generosity, forgiveness, and salvation freely given to people, despite their moral failures and inability to earn it through their own efforts.
In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word for grace is “chen,” which means favor. Examples of God’s grace can be seen in the stories of Noah, Abraham, and Moses, where God chose to bless and save individuals or the entire nation of Israel.
In the New Testament, the Greek word for grace is “charis,” which is closely related to the concept of love and kindness. The ultimate manifestation of God’s grace in the New Testament is through the person of Jesus Christ. It is through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection that God’s grace is fully revealed and made available to all people.
Key passages in the Bible that highlight the concept of grace include Ephesians 2:8-9, which states, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” This verse emphasizes that salvation is not earned by human effort but is a gift freely given by God.
Another important verse is John 1:14, which says, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” Here, Jesus is described as being full of grace, emphasizing his role as the embodiment of God’s loving favour towards humanity.
The concept of grace in the Bible also includes the idea that God’s grace transforms and empowers individuals. It is not just about forgiveness or receiving salvation but about experiencing a new life in a restored relationship with God and growing in his love and character.
Overall, the concept of grace in the Bible highlights God’s undeserved favour and love towards humanity, shown through his acts of salvation, forgiveness, and transformation. It is through grace that individuals can receive God’s gift of eternal life and grow in their relationship with him.
God had shown me grace throughout, even when I do not deserve it.
God will show you too. Have a taste of God, Psalm 34:8, and you will know how good God is.