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 What is Grace?

Probably one of the most common prayers I hear and have prayed myself is "Lord give my grace" , in different situations and trials. Maybe this sounds "stupid"? but what is grace? according to scripture...

These verses stood out to me wile doing a search on e-sword

Gen 6:8 But Noah [b]found[/b] grace in the eyes of the LORD.

and this is coming back again and again,in so many verses this frase comes back again someone [b]found[/b] grace

Psa 84:11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will [b]give[/b] grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

here God gives it

Zec 12:10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.

here it is poured out as a spirit

Luk 2:40 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.

upon the Lord

Joh 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Full of grace

Act 4:33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.

and again it seems to me we can be full of it, and have great grace, and by that i think we can have little of it

Act 11:23 Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord.

we can see it manifested

Act 13:43 Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.

we can continue in it, seeming to me we can not continue in it also

Act 15:11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.

we are saved through his grace

Rom 1:5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:

receive it...

Rom 5:2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

if we are saved we stand in it

Rom 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

we should be under it

But this verse was what inspired me and made me ask this question-

2Co 6:1 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also [b]that ye receive not the grace of God in vain[/b]

that was just when i read it....powerful.... Is it possible to recive it in vain?

what does that mean?

there are about 150 more verses...but my main thought was this, is it possible to receive Gods grace in vain?

here is what a Wordstudy says about grace


cháris; gen. cháritos, fem. noun from chaírō (G5463), to rejoice. Grace, particularly that which causes joy, pleasure, gratification, favor, acceptance, for a kindness granted or desired, a benefit, thanks, gratitude. A favor done without expectation of return; the absolutely free expression of the loving kindness of God to men finding its only motive in the bounty and benevolence of the Giver; unearned and unmerited favor. Cháris stands in direct antithesis to érga (G2041), works, the two being mutually exclusive. God's grace affects man's sinfulness and not only forgives the repentant sinner, but brings joy and thankfulness to him. It changes the individual to a new creature without destroying his individuality (2Co_5:17; Eph_2:8-9).
(I) Cháris, when received by faith, transforms man and causes him to love and to seek after the righteousness of God. Cháris is initially regeneration, the work of the Holy Spirit in which spiritual life is given to man and by which his nature is brought under the dominion of righteousness. The maintenance of this condition requires an unbroken and immense supply of grace. Grace remains constant in, and basic to, a believer's fight without against the devil and his struggle within against sin. Renewal is stimulated and impelled by God's illuminating and strengthening of the soul, and will continue and increase so long as the soul perseveres. God's grace insures that those who have been truly regenerated will persevere until the end of life. This entire work is called sanctification, a work of God "whereby we are renewed in the whole man and are enabled more and more to die daily unto sin and to live unto righteousness" as is stated by the Westminster Shorter Catechism (Rom_12:2; 2Co_4:16; Eph_4:23; Col_3:10).
(II) Grace may also refer to the external form or manner, particularly of persons meaning gracefulness, elegance. In the NT only of words or discourses as gratefulness, agreeableness, acceptableness (Luk_4:22, "gracious words"; Eph_4:29, "that it may minister grace unto the hearers" meaning what is acceptable; Col_4:6; Sept.: Psa_45:2).
(III) Grace also means disposition, attitude toward another, favor, goodwill, benevolence.
(A) Generally (Luk_2:40, Luk_2:52; Sept.: Exo_33:12; Act_2:47, "having favor with all the people"; Act_4:33; Act_7:10; Sept.: Gen_39:21). With heurískō (G2147), to find grace or favor, pará Theṓ (pará [G3844], before; Theṓ [G2316], God), before God (Luk_1:30); enṓpion toú Theoú (enṓpion [G1799], before, in the presence of; toú Theoú, the God), "before God" Act_7:46; Heb_4:16; followed by pará (G3844), with, Sept.: Gen_6:9; Gen_18:3; Est_2:15). With katatíthēmi ([G2698] followed by the dat.), to place down, deposit or grace with someone, meaning to lay down, or lay up favor with someone, gain favor (Act_25:9). With the acc. pl. cháritas, to be in the good graces of the Jews (Act_24:27). Metonymically as the object of favor, something acceptable (1Pe_2:19-20, "this is well- pleasing to God" [a.t. {cf. Col_3:20; 1Ti_2:3; 1Ti_4:5}]).
(B) Of the grace, favor and goodwill of God and Christ as exercised toward men: where cháris is joined with eirḗnē (G1515), peace, éleos (G1656), mercy, and the like in salutations, including the idea of every kind of favor, blessing, good, as proceeding from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ (Rom_1:7; 1Co_1:3; 2Co_1:2; Gal_1:3). Also in the introduction to most of the epistles (Eph_1:2; Phi_1:2; Col_1:2; 1Th_1:1; 2Th_1:2; 1Ti_1:2; 2Ti_1:2; Tit_1:4; Phm_1:3; 1Pe_1:2; 2Pe_1:2; 2Jo_1:3; Rev_1:4). Also the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ in the benedictions at the close of most of the epistles (Rom_16:20, Rom_16:24; 1Co_16:23; 2Co_13:14; Gal_6:18). Simply with the def. art. hē cháris with equal meaning (Eph_6:24; Col_4:18; 1Ti_6:21; 2Ti_4:22; Tit_3:15; Heb_13:25). Used by Christ in Luk_6:32-34, although the KJV translates cháris "thank" (the NASB, NKJV, NIV have "credit"); this word marks the difference between unbelievers and believers. Of Christ, generally (Act_15:11 "through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ" which indicates effective faith unto salvation (2Co_8:9; 1Ti_1:14). Of God, generally, meaning the gracious feeling of approbation, benignity and love, which God exercises toward any of the human race [cf. II]. Of God's unmerited favor, in the exercise of which He sovereignly and efficaciously confers upon sinful men the blessings of salvation. This is to be distinguished from His general goodness (chrēstós [G5543], gentle, gracious), by which He shows favor even to the unthankful and wicked (Luk_6:35) in conferring on them common blessings such as the sun (Mat_5:45). "The word of his grace" means the gospel of the grace of God, the good news of God's effective favor (Act_14:3, Act_14:26; Act_20:24 [cf. Act_15:40]). "Justified freely by His grace" refers to the forgiveness of sin and reconciliation to a holy God (Rom_3:24; Rom_5:2; 1Co_15:10; 2Co_1:12; 2Co_9:14; 2Co_12:9; Gal_1:15; Eph_1:6; Heb_2:9; 1Pe_4:10). With toú Theoú, of God, or with the like implied (Act_18:27; Rom_4:16; Rom_11:5-6; Rom_12:6; 2Th_2:16; Heb_2:9, "through the gracious counsel of God" [a.t.]; Heb_4:16). With en (G1722), in, followed by the dat. en cháriti, referring to the gift of Jesus Christ (Rom_5:15; Gal_1:6, the grace of God through Christ).
(C) Specifically of the divine grace and favor as exercised in conferring gifts, graces and benefits on man (2Co_4:15; 2Co_8:1; Jam_4:6; 1Pe_5:5). Particularly as manifested in the benefits bestowed in and through Christ and His gospel (Act_13:43; 2Co_6:1; Eph_4:7; Phi_1:7; 1Pe_1:10, 1Pe_1:13, "ye all are partakers of my grace" meaning "fellow partakers with me in the grace of the gospel" [a.t.]; Heb_12:15; Heb_13:9, "it is good that the heart be made steadfast in grace, not in meats" [a.t.] meaning in the grace of the gospel, the gospel doctrines [cf. Rom_14:15, Rom_14:17]). Specifically of the grace or gift of the apostleship, the apostolic office (Rom_12:3; Rom_15:15; 1Co_3:10; Gal_2:9; Eph_3:2, Eph_3:8; 2Ti_2:1); as exhibited in the pardon of sins and admission to the divine kingdom, saving grace; with toú Theoú, of God (Rom_5:15; Gal_2:21; Tit_2:11; 37 implied; 1Pe_3:7 "the grace of life"; 1Pe_5:12; simply in Rom_1:5; Rom_5:2, Rom_5:17, Rom_5:20-21; Rom_6:1, Rom_6:14-15, we are not under law but under grace; Gal_5:4; Eph_2:5, Eph_2:8, "by grace are you saved"; 1Pe_1:13); Heb_10:29, "the Spirit of grace," which is the gift and earnest of divine favor.
(IV) Grace, in act and deed, favor conferred, a kindness, benefit, benefaction.
(A) Generally (Act_25:3 in asking a favor against Paul, to be prejudiced against him, that he might be sent forth to Jerusalem; Rom_4:4). Of a gift, alms (1Co_16:3; 2Co_8:4, 2Co_8:6-7, 2Co_8:19).
(B) Of the various divine favors, benefits, blessings, gifts conferred on man through Christ and His gospel; generally (Joh_1:14, Joh_1:16-17; Act_11:23; 1Co_1:4; 2Co_9:8; Col_1:6; 1Pe_4:10; Jud_1:4).
(C) Metonymically for gratification or joy arising from a favor or benefit received (2Co_1:15; Phm_1:7).
(V) Gratitude, thanks. In the acc. with échō (G2192), to have. In Luk_17:9, it means that the employer does not owe thanks for an act not outside the realm of the farm worker's job description. In 1Ti_1:12; 2Ti_1:3; Heb_12:28, it means to give thanks, which is an acceptable service to God. Followed by tṓ Theṓ ([G2316], God), unto God meaning thanks be unto God (Rom_6:17; 1Co_15:57; 2Co_2:14; 2Co_8:16; 2Co_9:15). In the dat. cháriti meaning with thanks, thankfully (1Co_10:30 eucharistía [G2169], thankfulness or gratitude). With en (G1722), in, followed by the dat. en cháriti (Col_3:16, singing with thanks, thankfully in worship to the Lord).
Deriv.: charízomai (G5483), to be kind to; charitóō (G5487), to grace, highly honor.
Syn.: euergesía (G2108), a benefit; apodochḗ (G594), acceptance; eulogía (G2129), a blessing; haplótēs (G572), liberality; eucharistía (G2169), thankfulness, gratitude; épainos (G1868), praise; dṓron (G1435), a gift; dōreá (G1431), a free gift; dṓrēma (G1434), a favor; dóma (G1390), a gift; dósis (G1394), a gift or the act of giving; chárisma (G5486), a gift, the result of grace, a gift; áphesis (G859), forgiveness.
Ant.: krísis (G2920) and kríma (G2917), judgment, condemnation; katákrisis (G2633), condemnation, sentencing adversely; katákrima (G2631), an adverse sentence, condemnation; timōría (G5097), punishment; kólasis (G2851), punishment, disciplinary in nature.


 2007/10/28 12:58Profile

Joined: 2005/7/17
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 Re: What is Grace?


hmmhmm wrote:
Probably one of the most common prayers I hear and have prayed myself is "Lord give my grace" , in different situations and trials. Maybe this sounds "stupid"? but what is grace? according to scripture...

These verses stood out to me wile doing a search on e-sword

Gen 6:8 But Noah [b]found[/b] grace in the eyes of the LORD.

and this is coming back again and again,in so many verses this frase comes back again someone [b]found[/b] grace

The way to find grace is to come [b]boldly[/b] to the throne of grace:
[b]Hebrews 4:16[/b] [color=990000]Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.[/color]

The way to come [b]boldly[/b] to the throne of grace is by holdind fast our confession.
The way to have assurance to confess is to see then that we have a great high priest that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God;([b]Hebrews 4:14[/b])

However, what is our confession?
Our confession is none other than Jesus Christ, Being 100% GOD and 100& human, comming down from heaven, Him born of a Virgin, crucified, he suffered the full penalty of death(physical and spiritual), was buried, the third day He arose from the dead, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty,
whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.
And this is life eternal, that they shall be knowing you the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent(John 17:3).

[b]Hebrews 3:1[/b] [color=990000]For this reason, holy brothers, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus,[/color]

 2007/10/28 18:57Profile

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I would define grace this way.
In exekiel 36
25 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.
26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

You can find God's grace through out all of scripture.
God because of his will and or abundant mercy will do something towards us, towards our stony hearts and change us so that we will act, behave, conduct ourselves like children of God.
He gives us this grace but I believe we still have to act upon it, or it will all be in vain for us.
If you read Gen 18.
God is going down to sodom and Gomorah to see if the sins there are as great as he has heard.
Abraham, because of God's grace in his life knew the nature of God and was able to be bold enough to intercede for those who were under God's judgment. God is looking for people with the heart to stand in the gap for people who do not deserve God's grace, or mercy but only judgment.
Someone must of really prayed for me.
I received God's mercy and Grace to be called a child of God.
Praise God for his Grace.
Mercy, and loving kindness.


 2007/10/28 19:26Profile

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