“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” – Ephesians 2:8,9.
“Therefore, because we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Messiah, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And werejoice in the hope of the glory of God.” – Romans 5:1-2.
The whole of the Christian life is the result of God’s grace of which we have access through faith in Jesus. What exactly is “grace”? The grace of God is His unmerited favor. We don’t deserve it, but He gives us His favor anyway. He gives us His forgiveness, His acceptance into His family, and His empowerment to accomplish His will for our lives.
Like the apostle Paul, I was the worst of sinners before I accepted Jesus as my Savior and Lord. I assure you that I would have never qualified to be called a “Christian” based on the rebellious life I had previously lived. But God had mercy on me and drew me to repentance and faith in His Son Jesus, who paid the price for all the bad things I ever did. His precious blood cleansed me of all my ugly filthy stains and allowed me to stand before a Holy God looking as white as snow.
Grace underscores the love, compassion and generosity of God in justifying (clearing of guilt) sinners like ourselves. When we believe in His Son, we are declared righteous in God’s sight. Not by our own merits, but by the merits of Jesus the Messiah who was righteous on our behalf. By raising Jesus from the dead, God the Father declared both His approval of Messiah’s complete work of redemption and His approval of all of us who believe.
– Pastor Luis Yosefus
REAL JESUS MINISTRIES