Saturday, March 4, 2017
Grace is the very opposite of merit. Grace is not only undeserved favor, but it is favor shown to the one who has deserved the very opposite.
Grace is the good pleasure of God that inclines Him to bestow benefits upon the undeserving. It is a self-existent principle inherent in the divine nature and appears to us as a self-caused propensity to pity the wretched, spare the guilty, welcome the outcast, and bring into favor those who were before under just disapprobation. Its use to us sinful men is to save us and make us sit together in heavenly places to demonstrate to the ages the exceeding riches of God’s kindness to us in Christ Jesus.
Grace…means the full and free forgiveness of every sin, without God demanding or expecting anything from the one so forgiven.
[J. N. Darby]
Grace expresses two complementary thoughts: God’s unmerited favor to us through Christ, and God’s divine assistance to us through the Holy Spirit.
God's grace is His unmerited favor toward the wicked, unworthy sinners, by which He delivers them from condemnation and death.
Grace is not simply leniency when we have sinned. Grace is the enabling gift of God not to sin. Grace is power, not just pardon. Therefore the effort we make to obey God is not an effort done in our own strength, but in the strength which God supplies.
Grace is but glory begun, and glory is but grace perfected.
Grace is the free bestowal of kindness on one who has no claim to it.
Grace is favor shown to people who do not deserve any favor at all... We deserve nothing but hell. If you think you deserve heaven, take it from me, you are not a Christian.
[Martin Lloyd Jones]
Grace is the free, undeserved goodness and favor of God to mankind.
The first and possibly most fundamental characteristic of divine grace is that it presupposes sin and guilt. Grace has meaning only when men are seen as fallen, unworthy of salvation, and liable to eternal wrath… Grace does not contemplate sinners merely as undeserving but as ill-deserving… It is not simply that we do not deserve grace; we do deserve hell.