Welcome my dear friend Misty Keith back to My Messy Desk for this week’s edition of #WORDNerdWednesday!
Old Testament Hebrew for grace- The English equivalent of the word grace in the Old Testament Hebrew is chen, which is pronounced khān.
The grace of God in Hebrew is chesed which means deliverance from enemies, affliction, and adversity. It also denotes enablement, daily guidance, forgiveness, and preservation.
New Testament Greek for grace – The English equivalent of the word grace in the New Testament Greek is charis, which is pronounced kha-res. Meaning provision and salvation.
Grace appears over 120 times in the Bible, all depending upon the chosen version of the Holy Scriptures.
Grace defined – The word grace in the Christian worldview is defined as the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.
The Moody Handbook defines grace as the unmerited or undeserving favor of God to those who are under condemnation.
Since grace is the unmerited favor of God and where God shows us mercy, kindness, and patience rather than the judgment that we deserve for sinning against Him, we have to keep the following in mind when it comes to grace: Grace cannot be earned by our actions or sincerity. There is nothing we can do to earn God’s grace. On the other hand, grace cannot be lost by our rebellion or our sin. Grace is based on the character of our great and loving God. Not on our performance or ability to keep the laws of God. Otherwise, grace would not and could not be just what it is – grace.
Dr. J. Vernon McGee, an old time gospel preacher says the following about grace:
“Grace means God moving heaven and earth to save sinners who could not lift a finger to save themselves.”
Grace means God sending His only Son to descend into hell on the cross so that we guilty ones might be reconciled to God and received into heaven.”
2 Corinthians 5:21 says “God made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.”
The gospel of grace is the one and only gospel. Whenever you read the word grace in the Bible, you can simply substitute the word “Jesus.” Jesus is grace personified. Therefore, the grace of God looks and sounds like Jesus. God gave us Jesus who is full of grace and truth. Jesus was given to us out of the fullness of God’s grace, through whom we have received grace upon grace.
God’s Amazing Grace – many of us have heard the old hymn Amazing Grace written by English poet, clergyman, and lyricist John Newton. It was written and published around 1779. If you haven’t already done so, take a few minutes to read Newton’s story. His story is a beautiful picture of God’s grace. Although we do not have the same circumstances as Newton did, all of us in some way can identify with the need for grace.
Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound)
That sav’d a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.
’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears reliev’d;
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believ’d!
Thro’ many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
’Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.
The Lord has promis’d good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.
Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease;
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.
The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who call’d me here below,
Will be forever mine.
Ephesians 2:4-9 (ESV) says “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 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.”
Romans 3:23-24 (ESV) – “for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God and are justified by His grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”
John 1:17 (ESV) – “For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”
- Freely given
- The Gift of God
- Based on God’s character
Grace is not…….
- Not a result of works
- Based on our character
Since we are given continuous grace upon grace and have received the fullness of God’s grace, let us be a people who don’t abuse it. (John 1:16)
The greatest thing we can do is believe the good news of God’s grace revealed to us in the One He sent, Jesus.
Thankful today and always for God’s unending grace
Hello, my name is Misty Ann. I am a daughter of the King of all Kings, wife to Richard, Mommy to Reagan (11 years), Kylee (8 years), and Karis Delaney (6 years). I am a teacher by trade, an encourager and up-lifter by calling and a writer by practice. I enjoy being a friend to those who will have me.
I understood from early adulthood and beyond that I would never fit. The Lord helped me to realize that He called me to stand out and because of this, I am forever grateful and at peace with how He has made me and who He has made me to be.
I will offer You my grateful heart, for I am Your unique creation, filled with wonder and awe.
You have approached even the smallest details with excellence;
Your works are wonderful;
I carry this knowledge deep within my soul. (Psalm 139:14 – The Voice)
Just A Little More About Me…..
My family and I live just outside the Austin, Texas area. I homeschool all three of my children and teach Reading for a private college in the Master’s/Credentialing program. I stay busy and enjoy the hobbies of Reading, Writing, Scrap-booking, Bible-Journaling and Running.
As a family, we attend Hill Country Bible Church. We enjoy traveling and take “family fieldtrips” often. All of life is an adventure and we are thankful for every life lesson that the Lord teaches us in the process.
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