Grace Series – Salvation and Gifts of the Spirit

Oct 12

Grace Series – Salvation and Gifts of the Spirit

This is a question I’ve asked myself and I’ve seen asked over the past few weeks. We talk about “receiving God’s grace” and “asking for God’s grace”, but what does that really mean? It turns out it means a lot more that I thought. Explore with me over the next few weeks the definitions and explanations of God’s grace.

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In the overview on this series last week I talked about three areas where God shows his grace.

  • The gift of salvation and the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
  • God’s patience with humanity as he offers time for us to come to him or return to him.
  • How God’s forgiveness allows us to offer forgiveness to others.

This week I’ll be focusing on the first topic of God’s grace – the gift of salvation and the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Grace is defined within Christianity as the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.

This is the gospel, the message that we are saved by grace, through faith (Ephesians 2:8). This is a gift we don’t deserve, but if we ask for it, God grants it, completely free. There is nothing more for us to do.

Yes, our Christian walk then becomes a journey as old things pass away and our lives become new. There are still consequences of our sinful behavior to be worked out. But we have our salvation through Jesus.

When we sing Amazing Grace, this is the type of grace we’re talking about – salvation, free and clear, no strings attached. We were dead in our sins and Jesus came from heaven to make us alive. We have the right to go before God’s throne, to worship him, to ask him for our heart’s desires, to come to him with all our cares and worries.

After salvation, we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is what gives us the power to live our life for God every day while we’re here on earth. The Holy Spirit gives us wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude or courage, knowledge, a desire to worship and honor God, and a respect for God and all that he is.

We’re also given spiritual gifts, such as healing, prophecy, speaking in tongues and interpretation of tongues and discerning of spirits.

God has given us so many good things in our lives, just because he loves us. In return, we love him. We worship, honor and respect him. There is nothing more to do to “earn” his favor or salvation. That’s been granted. But we want to continue to serve, honor and respect him because we know, deep in our hearts, it’s the right thing to do.

Next week – God’s patience in waiting for us to come to him.

What do you feel is a definition of God’s grace? Let me know in the comments or get in touch on Facebook or Twitter.

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