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“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 1:7). This phrase is found in every single letter Paul wrote. Paul embraced God’s grace and found it important to write about. It’s a key word in his letter to the Romans, appearing at least 24 times. Even though “grace” is a common word in the Bible, it’s commonly misunderstood. It’s important th
at our understanding of biblical grace be based on knowledge. That’s the goal of this month’s Bible-marking topic. Let’s see what God has to say about His grace.
Grace- Rom. 5:1,2
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Underline “justified by faith” and circle the word “peace.” Underline “access by faith” and circle the word “grace.” Then draw a square around “Lord Jesus Christ” who makes both peace and grace possible. At the end of verse two, write v. 17.
For if by one man’s offense, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.
Circle “abundance of grace.” Draw a squiggly line under “reign in life.” Underline “through…Jesus Christ.” This beautiful verse shows the contrast between sin and grace. Sin allowed death to reign but the grace of Jesus allows all who are in Him to reign in life. I love the word “abundance.” There’s enough grace to cover any past! At the end of the verse, write v. 21.
So that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Circle “grace” and underline “reign through righteousness” and “through Jesus Christ.” Grace can reign in our lives as long as we’re striving to live righteously. At the end of the verse, write Ac. 20:32.
So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
Circle “grace” and underline “able to build you up” and “give you an inheritance.” Draw a squiggly line under “all those who are sanctified.” Notice that each of these passages so far has indicated that grace is for those who are in Christ, living righteously, sanctified, etc. At the end of the verse, write 2 Cor. 4:15.
For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.
Circle “grace” and underline “cause thanksgiving to abound.” Just as grace is abundant, our thanksgiving for it should be abundant. At the end of the verse, write Eph. 2:5.
Even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)…
Circle “grace” and underline “you have been saved.” Grace saves! At the end of the verse, write 2 Thess. 2:16.
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace…
Circle “grace” and underline “everlasting consolation and good hope.” Grace brings consolation and hope! At the end of the verse, write 2 Tim. 2:1.
You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
Circle “grace” and underline “be strong” and “in Christ Jesus.” Grace strengthens! At the end of the verse, write Tit. 2:11.
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men…
Circle “grace” and underline “brings salvation” and “all men.” Saving grace is offered to all! At the end of the verse, write Gal. 1:6.
I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel…
Circle “grace” and underline “turning away.” Grace can be rejected. At the end of the verse, write 5:4.
You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.
Circle “grace” and underline “you have fallen from” and “estranged from Christ.” One CAN fall from grace. At the end of the verse, write 1 Tim. 1:14.
And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.
Circle “grace” and underline “exceedingly abundant” and “in Christ Jesus.” In context, Paul was writing about his sinful past (see verses 13 and 15). He was thankful for the generous measure of God’s grace. At the end of the verse, write Jude 4.
For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ.
Circle “grace” and underline “turn…into lewdness.” Lewdness involves indulgence and immorality. Some may claim that God’s grace covers their sinful lifestyle, but this verse teaches that grace can be abused and misused. Remember, grace is for those who are striving to live righteously. At the end of the verse, write Rom. 6:1,2.
What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?
Circle “grace” and underline the entire passage. At the end of the verse, write vs. 15-18.
What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? Certainly not! ….And having been set free from sin,
you became slaves of righteousness.
Circle “grace” and underline verses 15 and 18.
These are just a few of the many passages about grace. It would be a great personal Bible study to look up all of them and see what else you can learn about biblical grace. May God’s grace reign in all of our lives!