It was laid on my heart a couple weeks ago to study the word “grace”, but as I often do, I procrastinated. I finally got some time last night and pulled out my Strong’s concordance to look up the word grace. Well ok, I must confess, I pulled not the concordance out, but the scriptures on the bible program on my laptop. I was in my recliner where it is nice and comfortable and I didn’t want to go down to my uncomfortable office chair.
As I was going through all the words grace in the new testament, I noticed something unusual. All the words grace came from the same Greek definition. Usually a word in English has several different meanings when it comes to the Greek. Remember the last study I did on “love”? We saw that there were three words in Greek to describe our one English word “love”. I was surprised to find out that grace was the same everywhere in the New Testament except for one verse. That one verse refers to the beauty of something drying up. So it does not even pertain to the same subject.
The word grace in the Greek is spelled χάρις. (khar’-ece) and it means: graciousness (as gratifying), of manner or act (abstract or concrete; literal, figurative or spiritual; especially the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life; including gratitude). It could be defined also as: – acceptable, benefit, favor, gift, grace (-ious), joy liberality, pleasure, thank (-s, -worthy).
As I read through all the scriptures that the word grace is in, things became very interesting to me. In John 1:14 it says: 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. So, if Jesus was the only begotten of God, and he was full of grace, then how much grace will we as humans be allowed to possess? Since he was made flesh as we are, can we be full of grace too?
But then by Acts 4:33, it says: And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all. Ok, so those who saw the resurrection of Jesus were filled with great grace. What does that say about us today? How much grace can we, in this sinful world, be instilled with? Can we be instilled with as much grace as the apostles were?
In Acts 14:3 it says: Long time therefore abode they [the apostles] speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands. That says not only that they spoke boldly about grace, but that they were granted signs and wonders as proof that their message was legitimate. So what does that say about us today? Can we be granted signs and wonders also when we tell people about the word of grace?
I submit to you that the answer to all these questions is yes. Yes, we can be filled with grace. Yes, we can be instilled with as much grace as the apostles were. Yes, we can be granted signs and wonders also as proof that our message of the gospel is truth.
I know that may be controversial, but that’s the type of person I am. I am just silly enough to believe that what is written in scripture is for us today also. How about you? Are you willing to believe what is in scripture for yourself as well?