Grace : The Doctrine Of The Grace Of God Essay
What is grace?
“The very center and core of the whole Bible is the doctrine of the grace of God. The grace of God which depends not one whit upon anything that is in man, but is absolutely undeserved, resistless and sovereign. ”
–J. Gresham Machen
“Grace” is the most important concept in the Bible, Christianity, and the world. It is most clearly expressed in the promises of God revealed in Scripture and embodied in Jesus Christ.
Grace is the love of God shown to the unlovely; the peace of God given to the restless; the unmerited favor of God.
Here are some ways others define grace that I likes:
“Grace is free sovereign favor to the ill-deserving.”(B.B. Warfield)
“Grace is love that cares and stoops and rescues.”(John Stott)
“[Grace] is God reaching downward to people who are in rebellion against Him.”(Jerry Bridges)
“Grace is unconditional love toward a person who does not deserve it.” (Paul Zahl)
There are two types of Grace.
They are: Common Grace and special Grace.
Common Grace and special Grace influence each other. Common grace of course, influence and enriches the church, since part of God’s common Grace given to carpenters and other kinds of craftsmen, there would be no church buildings. On the other hand, the special grace that God gives to those whose are saved brings more of the blessings of common grace to unbelievers living in the realm of the church’s influence. (w. Grudem pp 662).
Common Grace refers to the grace of God that is common to…