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Class 17: Grace


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Part 1: Holy influence is here

(This is part 1 of 9 parts in this class)


New Testament Greek scholar Joseph Thayer tells us grace is,

"That merciful kindness by which God exerts His holy influence on souls and turns them to Christ, keeping and strengthening them."


This explains why we talk about saving grace! Grace saves you because by it God exerts His holy influence on you to turn you to Christ. No wonder Paul writes,

For by grace you have been saved...

Ephesians 2:6 - NKJV


Grace saved you from being dead in sin to being alive in Christ. Grace continues to save you because by it God continues to exert His wonderful holy influence over you in spite of yourself and the messes you get yourself into.

Is grace having its holy influence over your life? Grace will work in you as much as you let it. It will work both to bring you into godliness in Christ and it will work to keep you there in right living in Christ.