By: Douglas M. Williams Sr.
“For we have all sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:23-24).
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lestany man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world” (Titus 2:11-12).
God’s grace to us is defined as “unmerited favor, kindness and mercy.” Grace denotes the love of God as displayed in free favor toward men as sinners. It helps me to think of grace as God giving to us what we needed and not what we deserved. The New Testament, which reveals God’s plan by which this grace is bestowed, is called “the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24). When we obey God’s word and are forgiven of our sins, we have pleased God because we have responded to His grace.
In the New Testament letters, the writer’s greetings included “grace,” and it also refers to that which is graceful, elegant, and beautiful. But in this article, we are discussing salvation which God made possible by His grace extended to all men. Even though God’s grace is to all, it is obvious that not all will be saved because we must respond to God’s grace in obedience to what the Bible teaches. We respond to God’s grace by believing in Jesus, repenting of our sins; confessing our faith in Jesus as God’s son; being baptized for the remission of our sins; and living a faithful Christian life.
Some teach that a saved person cannot fall from grace, or once saved always saved, but that is not what the Bible teaches. Galatians 5:4 says that if anyone in the Christian age is “justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.” And 1 Corinthians 10:12 states, “Wherefore let him that thinks he stands take need lest he fall.” If we cannot fall this verse would be useless. The Bible encourages us to be faithful and endure to the end (Revelation 2:10; Matthew 10:22).
We should always be thankful for salvation by God’s grace, and that we can “come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). God also tells us “my” grace is sufficient” (2 Corinthians 12:9), for us at all times and in all ways.