God gives people the opportunity to know Him through His Son, Jesus Christ. Knowing God personally through Jesus Christ gives someone the opportunity to experience His presence and power, gain access to His promises and share in His eternal life. This is all possible through God’s redemptive grace.
Redemptive grace includes the fact that you are already blessed because of Jesus. We give Jesus praise, not only because He’s the King of kings and Lord of lords, but because He’s the source of redemptive grace. The Law came through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
The most common New Testament definition of grace is God’s favor. The favor of God is simply the goodness of God. Roughly 150 times in the Amplified Translation, the word grace is defined with words such as undeserved favor, unmerited favor, divine favor, blessing and favor, and spiritual blessing. English translations also define grace with the words favor, mercy, compassion, kindness and love. These are all characteristics of God that we can benefit from through God’s redemptive grace.
Grace is defined (in John 1:17) as unearned and undeserved favor and spiritual blessing. The source of this favor and blessing is Jesus. In other words, you are blessed and highly favored because of Jesus, not because of your performance. At the heart of redemptive grace is the fact that you are accepted, approved and blessed by God apart from your performance.
The reason redemptive grace doesn’t work any better in believers than common grace works in unbelievers is because most Christians are trying to get God to bless them based on their performance – what they do or refrain from doing. However, God is not relating to the human race today based on what they do or fail to do; He is relating to them based on what Jesus has already done. Redemptive grace means you are qualified for God’s favor and blessing because of Jesus!
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