The Word Grace
“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.”
Rev. 22:21 NKJV
According to the Word Counter website, there are 770,430 words in the NKJV translation of the Bible. Of those 770,430 words, the word grace appears 170 times in 156 verses. The last verse in the Bible contains the word grace. Of all the words in the Bible, perhaps grace is the best word to describe all aspects of true Christianity.
Like a multifaceted diamond, grace is a gift from God, purchased at a great price, that both displays the beauty of grace given to us and reflects the light of grace that shines through us. Grace provides salvation, offers forgiveness, and allows for sanctification.
It is abounding in that it never runs out and never gives up. It is always available. It is unearned, undeserved, and unattainable on our own. It is given freely and frequently.
Grace also works in us and through us as we walk in grace. It equips us and gifts us so that we may become instruments of grace as well. To quote the famous hymn, grace is amazing.
It is fitting that the final verse in the Bible is a benediction that offers grace to all who read this verse. Grace is the summation of the whole Bible. It is the essence of living a Christian life.
On Sunday, October 31, we will begin a sermon series entitled “Facets of Grace.”
Each pastor will preach a sermon based on one aspect of grace.
It is our prayer that we will be a church that has experienced God’s grace and who demonstrates God’s grace daily.
I love you and it’s a privilege to be your pastor.