A SUMMARY OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH IN ONE WORD -

'GRACE'

 

God's grace means His mercy to those who have ignored Him, living as if He had no rights over them.

God's grace means His kindness to those who have so far rebelled against Him

God's grace means His goodness to those who deserve only punishment.

God's grace is His undeserved favour

C.S.Lewis the well-known Christian Fellow of Magdalene College Oxford and later Professor of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge and author of books like 'The Chronicles of Narnia'', once arrived late for a meeting with his friends (including J. R. R. Tolkien). They greeted him by telling him that they were discussing how to describe the Christian faith in one word. Lewis came straight back with his famous answer 'Grace'. 

All other world religions and 'natural' religion suppose and teach that an individual person needs to ensure that their good deeds outweigh their bad deeds in order to earn acceptance by God and entry into heaven or paradise. So the emphasis in the religious life is on trying to do better, seeking effective self-denial, performing religious rituals and even separation from the world - all in the hope of reaching an undefined level of goodness that qualifies for acceptance by the supreme being. But no-one can know when they have reached the required level of goodness.

This is not the teaching of the Christian faith as revealed in the Holy Scriptures, the Bible.

The Christian Faith teaches that no individual can ever reach the level of goodness or perfection that would allow them to be accepted by the Holy God. But rather that, because the God revealed in the Bible is characterised by both perfect love and perfect justice, God Himself has acted out of love to provide a way to satisfy His righteous demands that does not contravene His justice. This is HIS GRACE: it is wholly unmerited.

The way God has provided for our salvation and acceptance is centred on the life, death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. God's Grace comes to us in Jesus Christ.

'The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.' John 1:14

The Bible declares that Jesus Christ, Himself God, died on the Cross as our substitute to take the punishment for all our wrong doing (our sin), so that when we acknowledge Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, and put our trust in Christ alone, the guilt of our sin is removed.

'grace and truth came through Jesus Christ' John 1:17

Therefore, there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ, because the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.' Romans 8:1

But Christ did not die permanently. On the third day after, He rose from the dead and was seen  by His disciples and up to 500 other people. This act from Christ secured the gift of new, eternal, life for all who have put their trust in Him, and Him alone, for their salvation.

'For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.' Romans 6:23

'Like the rest, we were by nature objects of [God's] wrath. But because of His great love for us. God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in our transgressions - it is by grace you have been saved. ... For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast.'  Ephesians 2:3-9

 

'Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand' Romans 5:1,2

'In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding' Ephesians 1:7

 

'May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.' 2 Thessalonians 2:16,17

'...God who saved us and called us to a holy life - not because of anything we have done but because of his own purposes and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but has now been revealed through the appearing of our saviour, Jesus Christ, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.' 2 Timothy 1:9,10

 

'Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law [of Moses] . ... for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified [declared righteous] freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.' Romans 3:20, 23,24. 

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.' Titus 2:11

 

Until we understand God's grace we will never be able to benefit from the the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  We can never earn our salvation. It is God's gift to all those who put their faith in Jesus Christ. (Romans 3:21-26)

This truth is the foundation of this web site and explanations of it will be found on many of its pages.

 

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