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Theology => The Holy Spirit => Topic started by: restoretruth on March 26, 2018, 08:55:57 AM

Title: DEFINING GRACE
Post by: restoretruth on March 26, 2018, 08:55:57 AM
DEFINING GRACE

A student was late for a term paper & asked the teacher for an extension of time to complete it. The teacher granted the extension under the terms of grace -- popularly defined as unmerited or undeserved favor! It wasn't until years later, when the student looked up the definition of grace in Strong's concordance that he realized that grace includes a deeper meaning than that.
 
Here is Strong's meaning of  the Greek word charis, translated in the KJV 156 times as grace:

G5485  χάρι; charis;  khar'-ece
From G5463; graciousness (as gratifying), of manner or act (abstract or concrete; literal, figurative or spiritual; especially the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life; including gratitude): - acceptable, benefit, favour, gift, grace (-ious), joy liberality, pleasure, thank (-s, -worthy). (emphasis supplied)

To refer to grace only as unmerited favor & to leave out "the divine influence on the heart," is to neglect a truth essential to spiritual growth!  When we battle with the earthly nature, or at times we don't feel spiritual, we can asked for the Holy Spirit's influence on the heart & claim the promise of Jesus in Rev. 3:20 to abide with us. Obedience to God's Word, also brings the promise of the Father's presence!  Jesus said,"... If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him." (John 14:23)  When we ask, God will give us a new heart & put a right spirit within us!  (Eze._36:26) God remembers we are dust & He promises us His presence & power to overcome sin! When we live in His presence He covers us with Christ's righteousness!  The apostle John tells us that if we abide in Christ, we won't continue in sin! 1 John 3:6)  Our willingness to ask for & receive God's grace, His "divine influence on the heart" is the pathway to restoration to His image, the image in which Adam & Eve were created! Praise God for His grace!
Title: Re: DEFINING GRACE
Post by: Listen on March 26, 2018, 06:14:45 PM
especially the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life;
Title: Re: DEFINING GRACE
Post by: Ed Sutton on March 28, 2018, 03:01:32 PM

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  DEFINING GRACE

A student was late for a term paper & asked the teacher for an extension of time to complete it. The teacher granted the extension under the terms of grace -- popularly defined as unmerited or undeserved favor! It wasn't until years later, when the student looked up the definition of grace in Strong's concordance that he realized that grace includes a deeper meaning than that.
 
Here is Strong's meaning of  the Greek word charis, translated in the KJV 156 times as grace:

G5485  χάρι; charis;  khar'-ece
From G5463; graciousness (as gratifying), of manner or act (abstract or concrete; literal, figurative or spiritual; especially the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life; including gratitude): - acceptable, benefit, favour, gift, grace (-ious), joy liberality, pleasure, thank (-s, -worthy). (emphasis supplied)

To refer to grace only as unmerited favor & to leave out "the divine influence on the heart," is to neglect a truth essential to spiritual growth!  When we battle with the earthly nature, or at times we don't feel spiritual, we can asked for the Holy Spirit's influence on the heart & claim the promise of Jesus in Rev. 3:20 to abide with us. Obedience to God's Word, also brings the promise of the Father's presence!  Jesus said,"... If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him." (John 14:23)  When we ask, God will give us a new heart & put a right spirit within us!  (Eze._36:26) God remembers we are dust & He promises us His presence & power to overcome sin! When we live in His presence He covers us with Christ's righteousness!  The apostle John tells us that if we abide in Christ, we won't continue in sin! 1 John 3:6)  Our willingness to ask for & receive God's grace, His "divine influence on the heart" is the pathway to restoration to His image, the image in which Adam & Eve were created! Praise God for His grace!   

RT mind if I copy that and read it in Sabbath School next time I teach ?
Title: Re: DEFINING GRACE
Post by: restoretruth on March 28, 2018, 08:51:42 PM

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  DEFINING GRACE

A student was late for a term paper & asked the teacher for an extension of time to complete it. The teacher granted the extension under the terms of grace -- popularly defined as unmerited or undeserved favor! It wasn't until years later, when the student looked up the definition of grace in Strong's concordance that he realized that grace includes a deeper meaning than that.
 
Here is Strong's meaning of  the Greek word charis, translated in the KJV 156 times as grace:

G5485  χάρι; charis;  khar'-ece
From G5463; graciousness (as gratifying), of manner or act (abstract or concrete; literal, figurative or spiritual; especially the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life; including gratitude): - acceptable, benefit, favour, gift, grace (-ious), joy liberality, pleasure, thank (-s, -worthy). (emphasis supplied)

To refer to grace only as unmerited favor & to leave out "the divine influence on the heart," is to neglect a truth essential to spiritual growth!  When we battle with the earthly nature, or at times we don't feel spiritual, we can asked for the Holy Spirit's influence on the heart & claim the promise of Jesus in Rev. 3:20 to abide with us. Obedience to God's Word, also brings the promise of the Father's presence!  Jesus said,"... If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him." (John 14:23)  When we ask, God will give us a new heart & put a right spirit within us!  (Eze._36:26) God remembers we are dust & He promises us His presence & power to overcome sin! When we live in His presence He covers us with Christ's righteousness!  The apostle John tells us that if we abide in Christ, we won't continue in sin! 1 John 3:6)  Our willingness to ask for & receive God's grace, His "divine influence on the heart" is the pathway to restoration to His image, the image in which Adam & Eve were created! Praise God for His grace!   

RT mind if I copy that and read it in Sabbath School next time I teach ?
Of course!  Ed, thank you for asking, but you  didn't really need to!
Title: Re: DEFINING GRACE
Post by: V. Hahn on April 01, 2018, 03:10:44 AM
Wonderful!  Thanks, Restore Truth!
Title: Re: DEFINING GRACE
Post by: Ed Sutton on April 07, 2018, 02:30:28 PM
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  RT mind if I copy that and read it in Sabbath School next time I teach ? 

Thought I was teaching in Sabbath school today, but it was not my turn.  So I gave it to the pastor as he was leaving to go to the next church(communion Sabbath ), and said this might be a good topic for a sermon. 

So I have it copied in my computer for later.

"divine influence on the heart, and it's reflection in the life" - here's a taste with shoes on.    http://missiontv.com/faithcamp-west-2015-sabbath-school-jon-wood/   (http://missiontv.com/faithcamp-west-2015-sabbath-school-jon-wood/)
Title: Re: DEFINING GRACE
Post by: newbie on September 09, 2018, 04:46:04 PM
Grace is conditional.  We cannot be transformed without it.