What does the Bible teach about grace?
The Bible defines grace as the immeasurable love of God expressed through his free and undeserved gifts of faith and eternal life. Grace is God’s unmerited, unearned favor. Grace is unconditional, undeserved, and unlimited. Grace comes at no cost to us, but at great sacrifice to the giver. Grace is God’s unbelievable love for us. The preeminent example of this love is Jesus doing everything to save us. He kept the law perfectly for us. He died as payment for all our sins.
There’s a popular acronym that explains grace as “God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.”
This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
What does Mormonism teach about grace?
In Mormonism, grace is the power of God granted conditionally to the worthy to help them do what they could not do on their own. Mormons often speak of grace as “making up the difference” between “all we can do” and perfection.
A popular LDS saying goes, “I’m trying my best, and God will do the rest.” As long as you are working hard and doing your best, God will add to it so that you can eventually achieve all that is necessary for exaltation.
This grace is an enabling power that allows men and women to lay hold on eternal life and exaltation after they have expended their own best efforts.
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Why this Matters
Grace is not an enabling power to help us do things to gain God’s favor. On the contrary, grace is God’s favor already won for us by Jesus’ saving work.
A Christian’s faithfulness is like a flower that blooms after much plowing, planting, and watering on the Lord’s part. And this is the way it works with all of us. None of us is faithful to God on our own. It is only once we have been shown God’s unmerited grace — once we have been united to Jesus — that we are able to respond with faithfulness. God’s favor leads to faithfulness, not the other way around.
A Christian’s confidence is not in God’s grace plus our effort. Our solitary confidence is in Jesus Christ and his one act of righteousness for humanity. God’s love for us is so much greater than we can truly fathom. Believing that we can do anything to add to the gift of grace ruins the gift and offends the giver.
God's Unconditional Love
Is God's love conditional or unconditional? The answer determines whether you can be sure of his blessings and love.
The freely-given, immeasurable love of God.
The power of God, granted conditionally to those who are worthy.