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What is saving grace?

"Saving grace" is an expression that refers to a "redeeming characteristic" that makes someone or something acceptable. However, this is not the scriptural interpretation. Grace is defined as "unmerited divine aid provided to humanity for their regeneration or sanctification" or "God's generosity to the undeserving" in the Bible. "Saving grace," according to the Bible, is God's grace that saves a person.

Grace, the Lord's undeserved favour, is required, according to Scripture, "since no flesh will be justified in His sight by the works of the Law" (Romans 3:20 NASB). "But now, aside from the Law, the righteousness of God has been manifested... the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe," says Paul (Romans 3:21-22 NASB).

Our sanctification, or the process by which God moulds us to the image of Christ, is the fruit of saving grace. God transforms us into new creatures at the moment of salvation, via grace and trust (2 Corinthians 5:17). And He says that He will never abandon His children: "Being certain of this, that he who began a good work in you will see it through until the day of Christ Jesus" (Philippians 1:6).

We have nothing in ourselves that will make us acceptable to God (Romans 3:10-11); we have no "salvation grace" of our own. We, like Jesus' followers, wonder, "How can we be saved?" since we are inherently unacceptable to God. "What is impossible with men is possible with God," Jesus says, reassuringly (Luke 18:26-27). God's work is salvation. He provides the grace we require. Christ Himself is our "saving grace." It is His work on the cross, not our own worth, that saves us.

It's simple to believe that our faith makes a modest contribution to our salvation. After all, we must apply Christ's merit to ourselves through faith, and it appears that our faith is coming from us. However, according to Romans 3:10-12, none of us seeks God. "For by grace you have been saved through faith," Ephesians 2:8 explains, "and that [faith] is not of yourselves, it is the gift of God." Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith, according to Hebrews 12:2. The rescuing grace of God is entirely His gift. God has given us the ability to accept His saving grace as well.

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