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What did Jesus say about Grace

What did Jesus say about Grace

Jesus spoke extensively about grace, emphasizing its foundational role in salvation and the Christian life. While He did not use the term “grace” explicitly in His teachings recorded in the Gospels, the concept is deeply embedded in His teachings and actions, particularly in His parables and His interactions with people. The apostles, especially Paul, articulated the concept of grace explicitly, building on the foundation laid by Jesus. For instance, Paul writes in Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” . This passage highlights that salvation is a gift of God’s grace, received through faith, and not something that can be earned through human efforts.

Moreover, in Romans 3:24, Paul states, “and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” , underscoring that justification before God is by grace, as a gift, not by our works. This teaching reflects Jesus’ message of God’s kingdom being open to all, irrespective of their social status or righteousness, as seen in His interactions with sinners and marginalized individuals.

Additionally, in 2 Corinthians 8:9, Paul writes about the grace of Jesus Christ, who, though He was rich, for our sake became poor, so that by His poverty we might become rich . This reflects the grace of God in sending Jesus to live among humanity, suffer, and die for our sins, offering us salvation and eternal life.

Three main takeaways from Jesus’ teachings on grace are:

  1. Salvation is a Gift of Grace: Salvation is not something we can earn through good deeds or adherence to the law. It is a gift that comes through God’s grace, emphasizing the need for faith and trust in God’s promises.
  2. Grace Transforms Lives: The grace of God, as seen in Jesus’ life and teachings, has the power to transform lives, turning sinners into saints. It is a call to a new life in Christ, marked by love, forgiveness, and service.
  3. Grace Calls for Humility: Understanding that grace is unmerited necessitates a humble acceptance of God’s love. It challenges the believer to extend grace to others, reflecting the inclusive love of God shown through Jesus Christ.

These insights into grace, drawn from the teachings of Jesus and expanded by the apostles, particularly Paul, underscore the profound love and mercy God extends to humanity, inviting all to partake in the gift of salvation through faith.

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  • Greg Gaines

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