Without an understanding of Grace you will never understand oneness with God or experience that scripture where Jesus said :
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (KJV)
True freedom comes as a result of this understanding.
Grace in itself gives the understanding that acceptance of God’s gift is our only task. That acceptance accomplishes a transformation that renders all religious structures irrelevant and inconsequential. That is to say that you are no longer a slave to any religious practice, dogma, doctrine, rule or regulation.
Freedom doesn’t mean a departure from anything you value or enjoy or find inspiring. It does mean that nothing has power over you.
Truly becoming free is always a bit scary because with it comes great responsibility. When you ask “What is Grace?” you’re beginning a journey. It’s much easier to ignore it or settle for “God’s unmerited favor” and relate to God through a fear based theology.
Fear Based Religion
Fear based theologies serve to keep everyone in check – going along obedient to the expectations of the group – rather mindlessly serving God out of a sense of “I must do this so I can go to heaven”.
This has worked for the majority of folks but it may not work much longer. People all over the world are wanting a more personal, real relationship with God. Like never before people are longing for the relationship with God that we read about in the scripture.
I like to say if you want to know what a relationship with Him should look like, read about the relationship Adam and Eve had in the Garden of Eden. If we consider that the perfection of God’s creation – then isn’t that the perfect relationship we seek?
Grace can give us precisely that. You might say that it is “the way back” to perfect relationship with God – a free relationship with The Almighty – a free theology.
Scripturally that wouldn’t be in error.
Titus says this about Christ:
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,…
Jesus said this about himself:
“I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
When we gain this revelation, we gain the relationship with God that we desire, freedom, joy and peace – all these promises are on the other side of Grace.
There are some other writings about the definition of Grace on this site that you may find helpful. One of the key understandings is that God gives the revelation of Grace to the humble.
… Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
I’ll not go into that verse farther because I’ve already written another page about Grace that goes into that a bit more.
As I’ve said other places and times – cultivating communication with God is key in gaining an understanding of Grace. That’s what this site is about. That’s what the free course “Prepare Your Heart to Talk With God” is about.
Don’t give up. If you’re asking “What is Grace?” – keep asking. Patiently seek the Lord and you will find the answer that thrills your soul and brings you true freedom in Christ.