Friday Morning Manna
September 13, 2019
The Purpose and Source of Grace in the Gospel and the Two Adams
My King James Version Bible mentions grace 38 times in the Old Testament and 128 times in the New, a total of 166 times. The untranslated Hebrew is chen, meaning, “graciousness, i.e., subj., kindness, favor or obj., pleasant, precious.” In the New Testament grace is the untranslated Greek charis, meaning, “the divine influence upon the heart, and its manifestation in the life.” Strong’s Greek Lexicon.
Take note of the latter fuller meaning of grace that is so strangely missing in the still continuing contentious debates over the phrase, “By grace are you saved, not by works.” I’ve experienced a few in the past (as some of you have), and come away dismayed by those unpleasant encounters. There was no edification because the Spirit of grace wasn’t guiding the discussions. Rather, it was/is one another’s long-held traditional points of view and opinions, often self-serving, thus myopic, that sadly continues to drive such discussions.Read more