The phrase 'by God's grace....' has become a cliche for most people. Why do I write this. It is because our actions do not correspond with the phrase we often repeat. God delivered me from religion. However, for sometime it was hard for me to fully grasp the concept of grace. I had more questions than faith, which caused me to listen to lots of teachings and preachers about the subject. Eventually, I learned to seek God with my whole heart and listen to the Holy Spirit. Bless God in the highest for His indescribable gift, Grace!
According to Genesis 6:8-9, Noah found grace in the eyes of God and was described as a just man, perfect in his generations, and one who walked with God. Moses also found Grace in the sight of God and God revealed Himself to him Exodus 33:12-23. From these two witnesses, finding grace in the eyes of God has always been the heart of God.
Prior to Christ, the purpose of the law was to teach and keep under guard for faith Gal 3:23-24. Thanks be to God for Jesus Christ, who paid the price so we can freely obtain this grace through faith, Romans 4:16, Romans 5 and Romans 6. As written in Titus 2:11-14, the grace of God teaches us who have faith in Christ Jesus. Therefore, we no longer need the law to teach us because grace has appeared. Without controversy, the law is now put in our minds and written on our hearts in the new covenant Heb 8:10-11.
These are some of the functions of the grace of God, Grace:
has appeared to all men;
teaches us to deny ungodliness and worldly lust;
teaches to live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age;
helps us look for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and savior Jesus Christ.
Furthermore, Jesus Christ gave Himself for us for these reasons
to redeem us from every lawless deed; and
purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.
Grace does not teach us to continue in our addictions and sins, therefore, my brothers and sisters in Christ, let us ponder over what grace teaches. It is up to you and I to practice what we are taught by grace.
As Paul wrote in most of his letters to the churches, Grace and Peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ to you!