Grace is probably the most meaningful word in the language of men. The Bible means something far more than men mean by grace. To men the word “grace” means three things.
⇒ Grace is that something, that quality within a thing, that is beautiful or joyful. It may be the fragrance of a flower, the rich green of the grass, the beauty of a lovely person.
⇒ Grace is anything that has loveliness. It may be a thought, an act, a word, a person.
⇒ Grace is a gift, a favour that someone might extend to a friend. The favour is always freely done, expecting nothing in return, and the favor is always done for a friend.
In light of this, grace means two very significant things.
1. Grace means all the favours and gifts of God. It means all the good and perfect gifts of God, all the good and beneficial things He gives us and does for us, whether physical, material, or spiritual (James 1:17).
2. Grace means the favour of God showered upon men—men who did not deserve His favour. When the early Christians looked at what God had done for men, they had to add a deeper and much richer meaning to the word grace. For God had saved sinners, those who had acted against Him. Grace became the kindness and love that God freely gives to His enemies—men who are…
• “without strength” (Romans 5:6).
• “ungodly” (Romans 5:6).
• “sinners” (Romans 5:8).
• “enemies” (Romans 5:10).
No other word so expresses the depth and richness of the heart and mind of God. This is the distinctive difference between God’s grace and man’s grace. Whereas man sometimes does favours for his friends and thereby can be said to be gracious, God has done a thing unheard of among men: He has given His very own Son to die for His enemies (Romans 5:8-10).
a. God’s grace is not earned. It is something completely undeserved and unmerited.
b. God’s grace is the free gift of God. God extends His grace out toward man.
c. God’s grace is the only way man can be saved.
“If through the offence of one [Adam] many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many” (Romans 5:15).