What do you know about grace? It’s a word that shows up a lot in the Bible. You’ve probably come across the phrase, “For by grace you have been saved through faith.” That comes from Ephesians 2:8, and many Christians see it as lying at the heart of their faith.
A favorite passage from the Gospel of John reads: “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. . . . For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace” (John 1:14, 16, emphasis mine). Those two verses say something important about how much God loves us. He loves us so much that he came into the world in the person of Jesus Christ to save us. But notice also how that great act of God is described. The Son is full of grace and truth. He has given us something described as grace upon grace.
If you think about what these biblical passages from Ephesians and John are saying, then it becomes pretty obvious that grace is important. You might even say that our salvation depends on it! So what exactly is grace?
This text is taken from Andrew C. Thompson's The Means of Grace: Traditioned Practice in Today's Word (Franklin, TN: Seedbed Publishing, 2015).
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