Grace Was Given to Us

But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore He says: “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men.”

Ephesians 4:7-8

The word grace means undeserved favor. When Ephesians 4:7-8 says that grace was given to us, it means that we have received an undeserved favor from God. Our merits are not enough to come out of the captivity of sin and attain salvation. So God offers us a gift through Christ. Gifts are received free of charge and do not depend on what we do but on the will of the one who has given it. Thus, the grace given to us comes from the will of God.

From where or from whom does the grace given us come? The answer to this question is in John 1:14-17, And the Word became 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. John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.’” And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

Contrary to what religious traditions say, the only person that the Bible mentions that is full of grace is Jesus Christ, the Word that became flesh and dwelt among us, that same Word that was in the beginning with God and was God, of No one else can be said to be full of grace, only of Him. Therefore, we take the grace of Him who is full of grace, of Jesus Christ and the grace that has been given to us only comes from Him.

What does grace do for us? Acts 15:11 says, But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ[a] we shall be saved in the same manner as they. And to reaffirm that grace saves us, Ephesians 2:8-9 says, For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. The abundant grace of the Lord Jesus Christ is what gives us salvation. Our works are useless to achieve it.

Our salvation has a very broad meaning. Romans 3:24 says, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. The grace that comes from our Lord saves us through our justification. Being justified means being made righteous and being redeemed means that the Lord paid the price so that we would be acquitted in the judgment of God. For our sins, the verdict of judgment is one of guilt; but grace comes to us and Jesus Christ paid with his blood for our sins.

Receiving grace is a good reason to live grateful to those who have done us this undeserved favor. And if we have been saved by grace, it is not to keep grace treasured in us selfishly but to share it with others. Matthew 10:8 says, Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. Let us share the good news of salvation and the filling of the Spirit with others.

To receive grace we must leave our past behind; but above all, leave our pride. James 4:6 says: But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Humbled before Him, let us take the grace. God bless you.

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