God's grace

276 graceGrace is the first word in our name because it best describes our individual and shared journey to God in Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit. "Rather, we believe that we will be saved by the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they are" (Acts 15, 11). We are "without merit from His grace through the redemption that has been done through Christ Jesus" (Rom 3, 24). By grace alone, God lets us (through Christ) share in his own righteousness. The Bible constantly teaches us that the message of faith is a message of God's grace (Acts 14,3, 20,24, 20,32).

The basis of God's relationship with man has always been grace and truth. While the law was an expression of these values, God's grace itself found full expression through Jesus Christ. By the grace of God we are saved only by Jesus Christ and not by keeping the law. The law by which every man is damned is not God's last word for us. His last word for us is Jesus. He is the perfect and personal revelation of God's grace and truth that he freely gave to humanity.

Our condemnation under the law is justified and just. We do not achieve legitimate behavior out of ourselves, for God is not a prisoner of his own laws and legalities. God in us acts in divine freedom according to his will. His will is defined by grace and salvation. The Apostle Paul writes the following: "I do not throw away the grace of God; for when justice comes by the law, Christ died in vain "(Gal 2, 21). Paul describes the grace of God as the only alternative he does not want to throw away. Grace is not a thing that can be weighed and measured and acted upon. Grace is the living goodness of God, through which he pursues the human heart and the mind and changes both. In his letter to the congregation in Rome, Paul writes that the only thing we try to accomplish by our own efforts is to pay sin, which is death itself. That's the bad news. But there is also a particularly good one, for "the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Rom 6, 24). Jesus is the grace of God. He is God's salvation, which was given to all people.