Ephesians 2:8 reveals that we have been saved by grace, through faith. What is this grace? It is simply the unearned, undeserved, unmerited favor of God which we have been given. Fresh evidence of this grace is shown with every blessing we receive from our Heavenly Father. Consider salvation for a moment. We can’t earn it. We don’t deserve it. In spite of this, Jesus died for us so that we could receive it. Every good thing we have been given by God is a gift of His amazing, bountiful grace, provided out of love for us as His children. It is Jesus’ righteousness accredited to us that makes us worthy to receive these good and perfect gifts from the King of Kings. This is the wonder of grace.
This grace doesn’t give us a license to sin. Rather, it sets us free from sin’s dominion over us (Romans 6:14). When we understand that because of God’s grace and through faith in Him we have been made the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21), we will begin to see ourselves as being in right standing with Him. Realizing that we are in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17) – that He is our new identity – we will grow more and more like Him. Instead of making us want to go out and sin more, God’s grace enables us to live the life God wants for us.
Here are some verses about God’s wonderful grace towards us:
Through Jesus came grace and truth (John 1:17).
By God’s grace, we are freely justified (Romans 3:24).
We have been given grace in Christ (1 Corinthians 1:4).
Let us not put aside God’s grace! (Galatians 2:21).
God’s glorious grace has been given to us freely (Ephesians 1:6).
It is through grace that we are saved (Acts 15:11).
We have been called to live in the grace of Christ (Galatians 1:6).
We who have received God’s abundant grace, and His gift of righteousness to us, shall reign in life (Romans 5:17).
Jesus is full of grace and truth (John 1:14).
God’s grace is GOOD news (Acts 20:24).
Through God’s grace we are built up and given an inheritance (Acts 20:32).
My name is Emily Hockenhull. I started Called and Created as a way to share the good news of the gospel of God's grace with others. Come join me on the journey!