Grace is a bigger word than I ever dreamed imaginable. It’s big because it’s attached to Jesus Christ. There is no grace apart from him. Grace is not a thing. Grace is Jesus Christ himself.
Grace is inextricably tied to Jesus Christ. When Christ showed up on the scene, his grace took center stage. If we are going to know anything about the grace of God, we need to look to Jesus.
So what is grace? This is an important question. After all, grace is the heart and soul of the gospel message. It is the good news. The short definition that most of us know is “unmerited favor as given to us in Christ.” It is this but so much more. The Complete Word Study Dictionary defines “grace” this way:
That which causes joy, pleasure, gratification, favor, acceptance for a kindness granted or desired. It is 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.
Grace is where we stand, live, and breathe. It is the realm of our existence. It is Christ in us and us in him. I’ve defined it as God’s work in Jesus Christ to make us spiritually alive and to empower us to live in this world as his children.
Grace is not only the means of salvation; it is the way of the Christian life. It’s not only the door that grants us entry into God’s house; it’s also the way we live once we are in. Once grace starts in a person’s life, it never quits. The simple gospel is simply grace.