Week 8 of reading 17 New Testament Books
After reading the book of II Timothy, I found myself digging deeper into the meaning of grace.
The word grace is used 170 times in the bible, the first time we read it in:
“But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.”
and the last time we read it in:
“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.”
GRACE, n. L. gratia, which is formed on the Celtic; Eng. agree, congruous, and ready. The primary sense of gratus, is free, ready, quick, willing, prompt, from advancing.
1. Favor; good will; kindness; disposition to oblige another; as a grant made as an act of grace.
Or each, or all, may win a lady’s grace.
2. Appropriately, the free unmerited love and favor of God, the spring and source of all the benefits men receive from him.
“And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.”
3. Favorable influence of God; divine influence or the influence of the spirit, in renewing the heart and restraining from sin.
2 Corinthians 12:9
“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
4. The application of Christ’s righteousness to the sinner.
“But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.”
5. A state of reconciliation to God.
“By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”
6. Virtuous or religious affection or disposition, as a liberal disposition, faith, meekness, humility, patience, &c. proceeding from divine influence.
7. Spiritual instruction, improvement and edification.
“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.”
“Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;”
1 Peter 1:13
“Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;”
Paul writes II Timothy for instruction on how the church should continue to be faithful to God and teach the true gospel of Christ. We read in the second verse:
2 Timothy 1:2
“To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Paul even tells Timothy when grace first was given, we read this in:
2 Timothy 1:9
“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,”
Paul warns Timothy of false prophets who take hold in the churches. Just as we see today, sound doctrine is not being taught in churches around the world.
“For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.”
Are you ready for God’s grace? May you continue to search the living word of God and not lean unto your own understanding.