Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began (2Timothy 1:9).
Grace, God’s grace to us. The word “grace” is found 159 times in the Bible. Of the 159 times 122 of them are in the New Testament. The Webster’s dictionary meaning of grace is “unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification; a virtue coming from God; a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine grace.” Baker’s Theological Dictionary gives an accurate, common definition of grace as “the unmerited favor of God toward man”. A wonderful reference to grace in the Old Testament is found in Genesis 6:8, “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” As we see, God provided Noah and his family an ark to enable them to endure the flood. The ark was grace from God. We may also understand from the New Testament that Jesus is our ark provided by a loving, benevolent God in His wonderful act of grace towards us. God loved us so much that he sent His only begotten son, Jesus, to pay the penalty for our sin before we ever knew Him. This is the greatest act of grace known to man.
One of my favorite songs is “Jesus Is My Song of Grace” by Joseph M Martin.
This is my story, this is my song.
From the heights of heaven’s glory to the depths of earth’s despair, came a love song in the darkness, came a song beyond compare. And from a humble stable God sang His lullaby; a song of peace, a song of joy, the music of the skies. This shall be my alleluia. This shall be my highest praise. Let my ev’ry word and deed proclaim it. Let me sing it all my days. This shall be my benediction. This shall be my dying phrase. This shall be my alleluia. Jesus is my song of grace.
From the golden streets of heaven to the shores of Galilee came a love song for all people, the music of eternity. And from a wooden cross God sang His song of grace, and filled the world with the sound of hope and everlasting praise. This shall be my alleluia. This shall be my highest praise. Let my ev’ry word and deed proclaim it. Let me sing it all my days. This shall be my benediction. This shall be my dying phrase. This shall be my alleluia. Jesus is my song of grace. This shall be my alleluia. Jesus is my song of grace! Song of grace!