“Grace be to you”.
Gal 1:3 KJV
The great writer and teacher of Christianity in the twentieth century, C.S. Lewis, once walked into a room where experts from around the world were discussing the distinctiveness of different faiths. They struggled to determine what the distinctiveness of Christianity was. Eventually Lewis butted in and said, “Actually, that’s easy. It’s grace”.
The distinctive thing about grace is that it always points to the action and attitude of God. It was also Paul’s master word and the key to his whole teaching. Grace is the key to the nature of God. The testimony of the whole Bible is that God acts in grace and out of grace. He is “compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love” (Ps 103:8 NIV). Also grace is the most significant word in the New Testament, it is the one-word description of all that Christ did and does for mankind. He came out of grace and was made human. He ministered in grace – by healing the sick and teaching about God as Father. He died and rose again out of grace for all of humanity. And he prays in his role as High Priest in heaven out of grace. Grace reaches its fullest expression in the cross of Christ, since here he made atonement for the sins of all humanity. It is God’s undeserved and unmerited love in action. Then it describes what ought to be the hallmark of the followers of Jesus Christ. Their calling is to speak of grace and to act in grace. Their fellowship together is the fellowship of grace.
Receive the grace of Christ and live in it every day.
Thy sovereign grace to all extends, Immense and unconfined;
From age to age it never ends; It reaches all mankind.
– C. Wesley