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Words from the Greek New Testament

Grace: the gift of God

Charis: The gift of God, Part2

When the bible uses this word, it is conveying the idea that God wants to give us something that we haven't earned, and don't deserve.This special something called Grace, is often refered to as unmerited favour.The author of Ephesians, hammers this point home to the believers at the city of Ephesus by using this amazing word charis:

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8

There's nothing that we've done, nothing that we can do, nothing that we are going to do, which will enable us to stand and look God in eye, and say "I deserve eternal life". God in His infinite mercy says, "I know you don't deserve it, but I'm going to give you eternal life anyway; if you really want it". This is Charis.

Just so that there is no doubt about the matter, both righteousness and being right before God are things that Jesus Christ has taken care of on our behalf already. Romans tells us with certainty:

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:9 and 10.

This brings us to the issue of repentence or metanoia, which is the basis of a future word study!

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