Let us return to Archangel Gabriel telling Mary that she was “highly favored”
These writings on favor began with when we tried to discover why Mary was chosen to be the Mother of Lord Jesus. We asked the question, “Why Was Mary Highly Favored And Beloved By God?” I went back to the Old Testament to glean a clear understanding of the meaning of “favor” from God’s perspectives and made some important discoveries.
Now let us return to Archangel Gabriel and Mary and try to add new truth about favor. I discovered that the Greek word for “favoured” only occurs twice in the King James Version of the scriptures. It was also translated as “he hath made…accepted”:
Understanding the meaning of favored through the root word “CHARIS”
Charis (G5485), is the root word used for favored in the text of Luke 1: 26. It means:
A. to be full of the spirit of grace or favor. The Old Testament describes this individual as a pleasant, precious and ‘goodly” person who spirit draws others. Examples include:
- Jesus as He grew – Lk 2: 40.
- the members of the early church who were full of “great grace” – Acts 4: 333.
B. to be in favour with God and other people means that kindness and mercy will be bestowed to you. The following are examples:
- Mary and Jesus -Lk 1: 30, Luke 2: 52
- the early church which found favour with all the people – Acts 2: 47.
- Joseph who was delivered out of his afflictions and given favour in the sight of Pharaoh – Acts 7: 33.
- David who found favour with God – Acts 7: 45b & 46a.
- the favour of God was shown to the early church in the salvation of unbelievers – Acts 11: 20 – 23.
C. salvation is a result of the favour of God:
- Acts 18: 27
- Acts 20: 24
- Romans 1: 5
- Romans 3: 24
D. Showing forgiveness is an act of favor
- shall we continue in sin that grace/favour may abound? In other words, don’t test God’s favour by continually sinning – Romans 6: 1.
E. God gives spiritual gifts as an act of favour
- we have gifts that differ according to the grace/favour given to us – Romans 12: 6
F. Favour means to speak gracious words, like Jesus whose speech astonished the people – Luke 4: 22.
G. Favour means to receive praise or recognition from others. Archangel Gabriel praised Mary when he said “blessed art thou among women” – Lk 6: 32 – 34.
H. I encourage leaders in the Body of Christ to repeatedly bless the saints with the Grace or Favour of God after the example set by Apostle Paul:
- the grace/favour of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you – Romans 6: 24.
- Grace/favour be unto you – 1 Corinthians 1: 13.
I. We must thank God always for His Grace/favour
- I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace/favour of God that was given you in Christ Jesus - 1 Corinthians 1: 4.
I’m beginning to get the picture of the vastness of the grace or favour of God. How about you. Blessings, peace and angelic prosperity.
More to come on charis – the grace or favour of God.