Grace is used in the King James Version of the Bible 170 times. In the Old Testament the Hebrew word for grace is Hen which means favor, grace, charm, displaying a favorable disposition, for example “to find grace in someone’s eyes.” The meaning of grace in the OT remains the same no matter what scripture you are reading. Grace is grace.
In the New Testament the Greek word for grace is Charis which means the state of kindness and favor toward someone, gift, benefit, credit, blessings. As in the OT, anytime you see grace in the NT it has the same meaning. Grace is grace.
Where grace flips the script is in its definition. It has two: Grace is God’s unmerited favor but it is also the power to do what we can’t do in our own strength. In each of these definitions you find either the word favor or power. In fact the backbone of BOTH power and favor is grace. For that reason God gives us FavorFULL grace and/or PowerFULL grace for each season of our lives.
An example of FavorFull grace is relayed in Ephesians 2:8-9 which reads, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.”
That’s FavorFULL grace–unmerited favor, a gift.
PowerFULL grace, on the other hand, is most vividly described in 2 Corinthians 12:9, But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
PowerFULL grace is the power to do what you can’t do in your own strength. The grace you receive depends on your season!
With God all things are possible,
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