The word grace means "unmerited favor from God." We were saved by the grace of God, which came through the cross and resurrection of Jesus. We did not deserve to be saved, but we receive it freely in Jesus Christ. Grace also has a greater meaning, which is "God's ability working in and through the heart of man." The Spirit wakes us to the revelation of Christ living in us. In other words, He is the life that gives us the ability to do things we cannot do in our own strength. He comes and lives the Christian life through us. Grace means that Jesus has provided everything for a victorious life. Jesus has done the work on the cross and in His resurrection. If I believe it in my heart, it will come to pass: this is grace and faith working together. Grace does not stop the day you are born again, as many believe. We started in grace, and we will finish the walk by grace. The moment I try to be perfect in my own strength, I have placed myself under the conditions of the Old Covenant Law. Even though you are born again you enslave yourself anew by trying to be perfect and trying to qualify for the promises. Law is what you do in self-effort, while grace is what Jesus has done for you. Therefore, the law demands and grace imparts. What you need is the impartation of His grace into your heart. Whatever you need in this life, whether it is strength, love, provision, wisdom, or healing, it is imparted from Christ into your heart - this is grace. The law demands righteousness by self-effort, if we fail we are condemned. It hardens the heart and stops the flow of grace. God made us righteous by the finished work of Christ for the purpose of His grace flowing into our hearts.
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