1. Introduction to we are saved by the favour or grace of God.

In the previous post, we studied More On The Usage And Meaning Of Favour In The New TestamentToday I would like us to read a bit on the truth that we are saved by the favour or grace of God.

2. The riches of  God’s grace or favour redeemed and forgave us from our sins

We discovered in the Holy Scriptures that through Christ:

we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace/charis/G5485. (Ephesians 1: 7).

That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace (charis/G5485)  in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2: 7).

Ploutos (G4149) is the Greek word used in Ephesians 1: 7 and Ephesians 2: 7 to describe the riches of the grace or favour of God in saving us. We know in the natural sense that riches means having wealth and abundance of possessions.

The New Testament scriptures also used descriptive terms when speaking about riches or Ploutos. These terms help to illustrate the greatness of the salvation which we have received through our Lord Jesus Christ:

  • the riches of their liberality (haplotēs/G572) – 2 Corinthians 8: 2. 
  • the exceeding riches of the grace of God – Ephesians 2: 7.
  • the unsearchable riches of Christ – Ephesians 3: 8.

3. The richness of  the liberality of God in saving us from sins – 2 Corinthians 8: 2. 

Liberality (haplotēs/G572) is used in reference to “bountifulness” and “liberal distribution” of one’s personal possessions in order to help those in dire need  (2 Corinthians 9: 11 & 13).

I am so thankful that God showed His great generosity in liberally and bountifully giving us salvation by grace or favour to us.

4. The exceeding riches of the grace or favour of God in saving us – Ephesians 2: 7.

Apostle Paul exclaimed at the “exceeding riches” of God’s grace.  The Greek word used in the scriptures for “exceeding” is hyperballō/G5250.  Exceeding in the scriptures is used interchangeably with “excelleth”, a reference to excellence, which in the English usage means to outstrip, surpass, to be superior in quality (dictionary.reference.com, 2013).

Through these scriptures, we therefore understand that God showed us unsurpassed and incomparable favour when He saved us from sins:

Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, by grace (charis/G5485)  ye are saved (Ephesians 2: 5).

That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding  (hyperballō/G5250)  riches of his grace (charis/G5485)  in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2: 7).

For by grace  (charis/G5485) are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God (Ephesians 2: 8).

5. The grace or favour of God “was exceeding abundant”

Apostle Paul also exclaimed at the exceeding abundance of the grace or favour of God in saving him and calling him to His work even though he had been one of the chief haters of our Lord and Saviour Jesus.

Hyperpleonazō/G5250, the Greek word for  “was exceeding abundant”  is found once in the King James Version of the New Testament.  One of the root words hyper (G5228), is somewhat amusing because sometimes we describe someone as being hyper when we mean that they are “over the top.”

Hyper (G5228) means above (Matt 10: 24), more than (Matt 10: 37), Jesus dying on our behalf  (John 10: 11 & 15 among other texts); above human capacity (1 Cor 10: 13):

And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry

Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did [it] ignorantly in unbelief.

And the grace  (charis/G5485) of our Lord was exceeding abundant (hyperpleonazō/G5250) with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus

This [is] a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief (1 Timothy 1: 12 – 15).

6. The unsearchable riches of Christ – Ephesians 3: 8.

The word “unsearchable” (G421) in scripture also means “past finding out” (Romans 11: 33). In other words, we cannot begin to comprehend or even explain how or why God could be so gracious and show us favour in saving us from sins in the way that He did it.

 

7. Conclusion

The references in today’s writings have helped us to understand a little better that God’s grace in saving us is unsurpassed and beyond comprehension. All we can say is “Amazing Grace.”  God went over the top to demonstrate His love and kindness towards us.

Thank you Father!

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