The case could be made that “grace” is the central theme of the Christian Scriptures and even the Christian faith as a whole. To be shown grace is to be given a gift we do not deserve. When we trust in the finished work of Christ, we are given eternal life and access to a right relationship with the God of the universe. What a gift! Naturally, because of its centrality to our faith, the Bible has a lot to say about grace. Let’s look at some verses on the topic.
The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
2 Chronicles 30:9b
For the Lord your God is gracious and merciful and will not turn away his face from you, if you return to him.
Nevertheless, in your great mercies you did not make an end of them or forsake them, for you are a gracious and merciful God.
What is man that you are mindful of him,
and the son of man that you care for him?
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,
and establish the work of our hands upon us;
yes, establish the work of our hands!
The Lord is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord!
O Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
to the voice of my pleas for mercy!
Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper,
but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you,
and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you.
For the Lord is a God of justice;
blessed are all those who wait for him.
Let the wicked forsake his way,
and the unrighteous man his thoughts;
let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him,
and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
Return, faithless Israel,
declares the Lord.
I will not look on you in anger,
for I am merciful,
declares the Lord;
I will not be angry forever.
And rend your hearts and not your garments.
Return to the Lord your God,
for he is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love;
and he relents over disaster.
For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
Then Peter came up and said to him, ‘Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.’
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
And Stephen, full of grace and power, was doing great wonders and signs among the people.
Now, therefore, why are you putting God to the test by placing a yoke on the neck of the disciples that neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear? But we believe that we will be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will.
But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations,
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many.
So that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?
For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!
For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.
The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
1 Corinthians 15:10
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.
2 Corinthians 9:8
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.
2 Corinthians 12:9
But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
2 Corinthians 13:14
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.
You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified by the law; you have fallen away from grace.
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.
For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
2 Timothy 1:9
Who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began.
2 Timothy 2:1
You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
For I will be merciful toward their iniquities,
and I will remember their sins no more.
1 Peter 1:13
Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 3:7
Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.
1 Peter 5:10
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
2 Peter 3:18
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’
The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.
by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth
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