The term most used to define “Grace” in the Old Testament was the Hebrew “Hen”, while in the New Testament it was the Greek “Charis”. These terms originally mean “favor” or “goodness”, especially if it has been earned without merit.
What is the Grace of God according to the Bible?
The Grace of God in the Bible is used to describe some of the main attributes of God (1 Peter 5:10). This Word is used to indicate the free or unmerited favor of God for man (Ro 3:24-26, Eph 2:8-9). Another way to describe “Grace” is that God chooses to bless us instead of cursing us, by faith in the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross.
The first example of Grace that we find in the Old Testament is how God sacrificed an animal to cover the Sin of Adam and Eve (Ge 3:21). This being the shadow of the Sacrifice of Christ on the Cross for the sins of humanity and the max revelation of Divine Grace (Jn 1:14, 17).
The Believer experiences the “manifold grace of God” in a variety of circumstances, such as salvation (Eph 2:8-9), sanctification (6:14, 19, 22), service (2 Cor 2: 9) and even in our weakness (2 Cor 12: 9).
The Grace of God has no limits and grants salvation for all who approach God through Jesus Christ.
How to Receive God’s Grace?
There are many, between new believers and non-believers, who ask themselves this question of “How to Receive God’s Grace?”, For this reason I wanted to answer this question. And the truth is that there is no way, no human effort to earn the “God’s Grace”, because the same scriptures say that “our righteousness is like filthy rags” (Is 64:6). For this reason, the Letter to the Ephesians explains that “Grace is a gift from God and that it is only obtained through faith in Jesus Christ”.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast (Ephesians 2:8-9).
What is the Difference between Law and Grace?
The most relevant difference between the Law and Grace, is that the Law was of works, while Grace is by faith. During the times of the Law the People of Israel were obligated to keep all the Law that God gave to Moses, but with the coming of Jesus Christ, God extended his grace to everyone who believed in Him whom He had sent as propitiation for our sins (Jn 1:17, 3:16, 1:12).
However, although the Law was works, we can still see His Grace in the Old Testament, when God constituted a sacrificial system in the Tabernacle , thus allowing the sinner to approach Him through the blood atonement. Teaching in this way the coming Grace through the Sacrifice of Christ on the Cross.
For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ (John 1:17).
Examples of the Grace of God in the Bible
There are several examples of the Grace Divine in the Bible. Next we will mention 5 of them.
Adam and Eve disobeyed God, however, we see his grace, when God established a way to be forgiven, through the sacrifice of an animal. Dressing them with their skins, so that they would not feel naked and ashamed for their sin.
Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them (Genesis 3:21).
The Bible also tells us that in the days of Noah the earth was full of evil and the thoughts of man were only for evil (Ge 6: 5). But even though they were all bad, God looked for someone, because God wanted to show His grace.
But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord (Genesis 6:8).
By Grace God chose a man named Abraham, so that through his offspring he could give forgiveness and salvation by grace to mankind (Ge 18:1-5).
And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed (Genesis 12:3).
By his Grace, also Lot, he was saved from being destroyed along with Sodom and Gomorrah.
Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die (Genesis 19:19).
When we read chapter 3 of Exodus, we see that Moses at first did not want to serve God. But nevertheless, God shows his grace to Moses and prepared him to take his people out of Egypt.
And Moses said unto the Lord, See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people: and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight. Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people. And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest (Exodus 33:12-14).