Free and printable Bible study about what Grace really is. Suitable for use in individual, group, and church bible studies or as a sermon helper.
Grace defined Part 1-Bible Study
Grace: Defined-Updated-Part 1 Bible Study Grace. We have heard this word all through our lives but do you know what Grace is? As Christians we are saved by Grace! This is a very important word. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Read Ephesians 2:8-9 We are not saved by the work that we do. Read Ephesians 2:9-10 Definition of Grace: From Funk & Wagnalls (1980) This is how the New Comprehensive International Dictionary uses to describe Grace: 1. Beauty or harmony of form, attitude, etc.; ease and elegance of speech, 2. Any excellence or attractive characteristic, quality, or endowment. 3. Unmerited favor or good will; clemence; hence, any kindness, favor, or service freely rendered. 4. Theol. The unmerited love and favor of God in Christ; hence, free gift; the divine influence acting with the heart, to regenerate, sanctify, and keep it; a state of reconciliation to God through Christ; the power or disposition to exercise saving faith and to live the Christian life; any spiritual gift or attainment.
Our people have been deceived! It seems a great many people have little or no idea what “Grace” really means. When many people are asked the definition of Grace, their answer is simple, they say, Grace is a prayer you say before you eat.´ I ask you this; Is it really?´ I think not. It is much more than a simple prayer before you eat. The definition of Grace: If grace could be stated in one word, it would be Favor. A favor is something that is undeserved, unexpected nor requested. True enough, Grace is a word we use to describe the prayer we say before we eat but that is not the original definition or the only definition of Grace. Grace from Our Lord Jesus Christ means finding favor, receiving something undeserved, a gift, from God! By His grace we are redeemed. We can receive redemption through Him even though we are undeserving of a favor from our Lord. We can find favor in the Lord by Grace. Jesus Christ is the source of grace because of His grace we have redemption and forgiveness of our sins. Read: Ephesians Chapter 1 We are predestined to be the adopted children of God because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. We praise Him, because of Him, we are redeemed through His blood, forgiven our sins, accepted and loved by God according to the riches of His grace. Ephesians 1:5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, Ephesians 1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. Ephesians 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Ephesians 1:8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Ephesians 1:9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: Ephesians 1:10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: We are Called & Saved By His Grace Many people hear the word Grace and have no concept of the meaning. The meaning we are discussing is a favor or in essence-we receive a gift from God-His Grace. Galatians 1:15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, Sin & Saving Grace When we lived and remained in our life of sins, we were children of disobedience, children of wrath, we were full of sin, lusts of the flesh and doing things the flesh desired, destined to eternal punishment and so full of sin that God could not even look at us but because of the favor (grace) Jesus Christ showed toward us, we are saved through faith (believing that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and died for our sins). Through the blood He shed for us we are purified and accepted by Him and Jesus draws us to Him. We are by His grace, saved through faith. This is a gift from God.
Ephesians 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Ephesians 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. Ephesians 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Ephesians 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) Ephesians 2:6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: Ephesians 2:7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Ephesians 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
When Apollos was baptized by John the Baptist, he was filled with the Holy Spirit and he started to teach about the Lord. His instruction came from the Holy Spirit that he received after his baptism. Aquil and Priscilla helped him to speak better. Apollos was well read in the scriptures and was able to help people with his teachings, to believe through grace. Apollo taught the people that Jesus was Christ, the same savior that had been predicted in the scriptures. Apollos helped people who were saved by grace to understand more perfectly the things of the Lord. Read Acts Chapter 18 Acts 18:24-28 Acts 18:24 And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus. Acts 18:25 This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John. Acts 18:26 And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly. Acts 18:27 And when he was disposed to pass into Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him: who, when he was come, helped them much which had believed through grace: Acts 18:28 For he mightily convinced the Jews, and that publickly, shewing by the scriptures that Jesus was the Christ.
Jesus is Full of Grace and Truth Jesus is the Word that has been here since the beginning, he was made flesh and lived among us here on earth. He is the only begotten Son of God the Father. John the Baptist told of His coming and witnessed to people about Him and he taught that we have all received grace, for grace so thereby we are truly justified by faith through grace so that we can be saved. 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. John 1:14 John the Baptist testified that Jesus who in the flesh was born six months after he was actually here before him but not in the flesh. Jesus was here in the beginning, with God. referred to as the Word. Jesus was with God and is God. John 1: 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God. John 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. John 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. John 1:15 And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace. John 1:16 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. John 1:17 Believers can stand in grace rejoicing and hopeful because we are justified by faith and thereby have access to salvation through Jesus Christ.
We are Justified By Grace Through Jesus Christ The apostle Paul taught that we are justified by grace through Jesus Christ who redeemed us (all of us) with His precious blood. Before we get saved we are not justified in His sight, but when we believe and have faith in Jesus Christ, all can be saved. Everyone sins and comes short of the glory of God but by grace we are justified through faith and receive redemption. Read Romans Chapter 3 Romans 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. Romans 3:21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Romans 3:22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Romans 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Romans 3:25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; Romans 3:26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. Be Blessed. Amen.--Rev. Penny Dean See Grace Defined Bible Study-Part 2
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Ephesians 2:8
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