The GRACE of God
Many church people talk about the grace of God and even sing songs about it. They know that it came through Jesus Christ (John 1:14, 17), but few can explain what it is! Is it the freedom to do as we wish?
When Paul wrote these words, he did not use the 1500 A.D. word "grace" found in the King James Version Bible but the Greek word charis (Strong's Concordance #G5485). God saves us by this charis. Since this is the mode of a Christian's salvation, it is of paramount importance. Since it is of paramount importance to our salvation, Satan is trying his best to confuse and hide the true meaning of charis!
Did Jesus grow in it?
The scriptures say Jesus grew in charis (Luke 2:52). The word charis here is translated "favor." Many marginal notes show "grace" as the alternate translation. If charis is unmerited pardon, as some have believed, how could Jesus, who never sinned, grow in unmerited pardon? The translation here (Luke 2:52) of "favor" is obviously the correct one. It is easy to understand that Jesus grew in favor with his Father and man. In Luke 4:22 the people were amazed at the gracious (favorable to men) words which proceeded out of Jesus' mouth. Here the Greek word for gracious is charis.
In Acts 2:46 - 47 we find the disciples "having charis with all the people." In Acts 7:10 we find God gave Joseph charis in the sight of Pharaoh. The King James Version Bible has translated charis as "favor" here. In other places we find charis translated favor (Acts 25:3, Luke 1:30, Acts 7:46). Favor is the obvious meaning. It is not clear why some do not like this definition. However, it does have the implication that it does not matter what you DO, once you have accepted Jesus Christ as your savior. Many believers know that it does matter what Christians do! We must keep the commandments (Acts 5:32). So how does favor figure in? We shall clearly see. The Truth will be plainer than ever!