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fter the coming, death and  each  emphasize  a way or  ways  (some
               resurrection of Christ, the  utterly exhausting) to earn the approval of
        Aword  “grace” leaps  into our  their god or gods. But the God of the Bible
        New Testament and multiplies in near   comes to us with a very different offer,
        exponential fashion. And unsurprisingly   one of unmerited favor – grace. Indeed,
        so, for “grace and truth came by Jesus   He has done all that is required for sinners
        Christ” (Joh 1:17). Grace is at the very   like us to be made right with Him through
        heart of the gospel and thus fills the pages   the work of His Son, Jesus Christ. We are
        of the Romans letter, where Paul explains   “justified by his grace as a gift, through the
        the gospel, and the Galatians letter, where   redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Rom
        he defends it. Both Paul and Peter bookend
        their letters with grace, as does John in his   3:24 ESV). Truly amazing grace!
        Revelation of Jesus Christ. The writings   Second, God’s grace is universal in its offer.
        of  Luke,  James  and  Jude  also  contain  No one is excluded from God’s marvelous
        references to the beautiful theme of grace.  invitation to receive His grace. The offer
        The New Testament writers were awe-  was on the lips of God Himself, for it was
        struck and amazed by God’s grace. The  Jesus, God the Son, who said that “God
        reasons why will be explored in this issue,  so loved the world, that he gave his only
        but consider just this trio to whet your  begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in
        appetite for more.                   him should not perish, but have everlasting
          For  one,  God’s  grace  is  unique  in  its  life” (Joh 3:16 KJV). God’s grace is amazing,
        character. There is nothing else like it. To   for anyone, no matter how sinful, can
        ponder that the most incredible blessings   receive it.
        should be offered to the most undeserving   Third, and although quite incomprehen-
        of sinners as a free gift is indeed amazing.   sible to us now, God’s grace is unending in
          In a debate during a British conference   its duration. We are saved by grace, but we
        on comparative religions, the uniqueness   live by grace also. We live daily in the realm
        of Christianity was being discussed, but
        with an inability to reach a consensus. C.S.   of God’s never-ending grace. Well did John
        Lewis eventually wandered into the room   Newton write, “Through many dangers,
        and asked, “What’s the rumpus about?”   toils and snares, I have already come; tis
        After hearing that the conversation was   grace hath brought me safe thus far and
        about Christianity’s unique contribution   grace will lead me home.” And once we are
        to the world, Lewis responded, “Oh, that’s  home, God will display the immeasurable
        easy. It’s grace.”  The religions of this world  riches of His grace throughout eternal ages
        ¹Yancey, Philip. What’s So Amazing About Grace?   (Eph 2:7). God’s amazing grace will never
        (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1997), p.45.  stop amazing us!

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