The Biblical Meaning of Grace

The biblical meaning of grace is defined as divine blessing and unmerited favor from God.  An illustration of a police officer giving a speeding ticket shows us an accurate picture of what the grace of Jesus Christ really is:

A woman was speeding and got pulled over by a police officer.  When the officer got ready to write the ticket the woman said, “Please officer let me by with just a warning this time. I’ve learned my lesson and won’t do it again.” If the officer agreed and just gave her a warning it would be an example of mercy. However, if the officer said, “I’m a man of the law and must uphold it, you were speeding and must get a ticket.” That would be an example of justice. However, if the officer said, “I am a man of law and must write this ticket but what I’m going to do is take it and pay it myself.” That would be an example of grace.

The meaning of grace is that Jesus Christ has taken our place

Every punishment and curse that should come upon us because of our sin, he has taken upon himself so that instead of judgement we may receive blessings.

Isaiah prophesied about the grace of Jesus Christ perfectly in Isaiah 53:4-5:

Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we consider him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.

It is amazing that this passage was written 700 years before Jesus was born and it accurately depicts his death on the cross

It not only depicts it but describes to us what is really going on during his torture and execution. Jesus took our transgressions, sorrows, infirmities, and iniquities upon himself so that, instead of receiving judgment, we may receive healing and have peace with God.

The grace of Jesus Christ doesn’t just cover these areas but extends into all areas of life

There are numerous Bible verses in the New Testament that show Jesus substituting himself for us. 1 Peter 4:10b, in speaking of spiritual gifts says believers are to be, “…administering God’s grace in it’s various forms.” Let’s learn the full meaning of grace so that we may receive it in our own lives and minister it to others.

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