Grace is not such a difficult concept when one looks at how it is used in the Gospels, Acts and the New Testament. In Luke 1:30, it is translated as ‘favor’ in regards to Mary when an angel tells her to ‘fear not’ about the task God was asking of her in bringing forth and raising his son. Having a normal child involves much work and is sometimes tough, but this was the son of God! I’m sure she was blessed to know God had her back. How else could any human handle that!
Fifty days after the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 12 men were sitting in the temple when the gift of holy spirit was given first to the apostles. Peter rose up and shared what had happened. He encouraged the community of believers that were there also to receive the gift.
38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. Acts 2:38
Three thousand people standing by received the gift. As they all celebrated this great event of God’s divine favor, they were:
47 Praising God, and having (sharing) favour (grace) with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. Acts 2:47
They all shared in the grace. God had their backs too. In the epistles, that is written to these believers and ‘all that were afar off’, the apostle Paul further further illuminated about the gift of holy spirit. This is for us today! The grace of God is available to all who choose to believe and our reception of favor from God is dependent on our humility towards God and in utilization of what he has given us. (James 4:6).
In II Timothy 2:1-2 the understanding of what we are to do with this grace is spelled out to Timothy:
2 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
Timothy was a servant of Jesus Christ and God encouraged him be strong in the favor of the risen Christ as the receipt of salvation and to teach ‘others’ so that they can teach ‘others’. Those ‘others’ will teach ‘others’, and those ‘others’ will teach ‘others’………….