So, Just What is Grace

Ephesians 1:1-8; 2:1-9
by Derek Gentle

Grace is special treatment given by God to people
who did not earn it, deserve it, or seek it.

This special treatment is a gift, paid for by Jesus,
which God enables the unable to receive.

1. Grace is Special Treatment by God 1:6

". . . The angel said to her, 'Rejoice highly favored one, the Lord is with you . . ." - Luke 1:28

(The word for "highly favored" is the word for grace, the same word for "accepted" in 1:6 in KJV, or "freely bestowed" in several modern translations- we have been "gracified")

It is a special standing with God

". . . this grace in which we stand. . ." Romans 5:2

2. Grace is Not Earned 2:8-9

It cannot be earned

"And if it is by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace" - Romans 11:6

Do not try to earn it

"Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace, but as debt" - Romans 4:5


3. Grace is Undeserved and Unsought 2:1-5

Grace is Undeserved 2:2-3

Grace is Unsought 2:1, 5

". . . those who had believed through grace" - Acts 18:27

4. Grace has Its Price and Jesus Paid It 1:7

"But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death . . . that He by the grace of God might tasted death for everyone" - Hebrews 2:9

"For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you might through His poverty become rich" - 2nd Corinthians 8:9

5. Grace is Abundant 1:7-8; 2:7

". . . But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more" - Romans 5:20