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  1. Grace: A Biblical Overview | United Church of God

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    Grace is one of the most wonderful things God wants to give to us. It is far beyond just forgiveness of sin, which is extremely important and is also a gift that comes from God. Forgiveness is not something we can earn or buy or pay for in some way. It is a gift freely given by God.

  2. What Did “Grace” Mean in the First-Century World? | United Church of God

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    The book Relational Grace: The Reciprocal and Binding Covenant of Charis, explains it this way in its cover introduction: “Charis (grace) is the word New Testament authors, especially Paul, sometimes used to explain Christ’s gift to people. But what is the nature of the gift? Since the fifth century, a number of Christian scholars have ...

  3. How “Grace” Was Understood in the Time and Culture of the Apostles | United Church of God

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    The Greek word charis, commonly translated “grace” in our Bibles, had a specific meaning in the time and culture in which the New Testament was written. It also had a set of other words associated with it that appear many times in the Bible, particularly in the letters of the apostle Paul. Understanding what these words meant in that context aids us greatly in understanding

  4. Grace in Action: Jesus Christ’s Example | United Church of God

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    Jesus Christ gives us the preeminent example of grace in action. He increased in grace or favor with God and others ( Luke 2:52. Luke 2:52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man. ), being a recipient of His Father’s blessings as well as the One the Father used to bless the whole world.

  5. How Can You Grow in Grace? | United Church of God

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    Ben White/Unsplash. Grace should lead us to a change in thinking and actions. “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” ( 2 Peter 3:18. 2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

  6. Paul’s Greeting of “Grace and Peace” | United Church of God

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    Grace, as Paul stated, came from God the Father and Jesus Christ. Paul understood that it is a divine attribute, a uniquely Christian concept not found in other religions and belief systems. Outside of Christianity and Judaism, no other religion taught of a God who loves, ...

  7. The Apostle Paul: An Example of God’s Grace in Action | United Church of God

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    The word grace had deep meaning for the apostle Paul. His letters form the bulk of what we today call the New Testament, and in those letters he used the Greek word charis, most often translated “grace,” approximately 100 times. Remarkably, the subject of grace shows up multiple times in every one of his letters that has been preserved for us.

  8. Grace and Law: What Does the Bible Say? | United Church of God

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    Grace and law both reflect God’s perfect mind and character. What too many people fail to realize is that just as grace is a perfect reflection of God’s mind and character, so is God’s law a perfect reflection of God’s mind and character (see “God’s Law Reflects His Mind and Character” ). This is why King David, a man after God ...

  9. Jesus’ Identity: Who Gave the Law? | United Church of God

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    American King James Version ×), the One who was born in the flesh as Jesus of Nazareth (John 1:14 John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelled among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. American King James Version ×). With this understanding there is no contradiction.