The term “Grace” is spoken by Christians and has sparked much debate in the Christian community. This debate is whether we believers are saved by Grace, or saved by our deeds and works as the Roman Catholic Church teaches:
CCC 2010, “Since the initiative belongs to God in the order of grace, no one can merit the initial grace of forgiveness and justification, at the beginning of conversion. Moved by the Holy Spirit and by CHARITY, we can then MERIT ourselves and for others the graces needed for our sanctification, for the increase of GRACE and CHARITY, and for the attainment of eternal life. Even temporal goods like health and friendship can be merited in accordance with God’s wisdom. These graces and goods are the object of Christian prayer. Prayer attends to the grace we need for meritorious actions.”
But as we can easily see this is a gross error as the word of God not man, teaches us differently as seen in the book of Romans:
Romans 11: 6 (NASB) 6 But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace.
Grace is one of the central intellections of Biblical scripture. In a nutshell grace is God’s gift of loving actions towards mankind. Grace is the altruistic bulging of God’s love towards the son of God, Jesus. It is the love demonstrated to humans by Gods giving us Jesus to permit us to enter a loving relationship with God as the Holy Spirit will allow. There are three types of grace indicated in the Bible;
Efficacious grace points to the special usage of grace that comes to a person by faith to Christ for salvation. God’s bringing about a genuine salvation of a person.
Common grace is Gods giving favor to all people through providential care regardless if they acknowledge the love of God.
Then there is prevenient grace. This is a Wesleyan idea that is thought to be the same as common grace. John Wesley (the founder of Methodism) had this idea that God has enabled people everywhere to acknowledge approvingly to the Gospel if they choose to.
We can all rejoice in Gods’ free gift of love!