Grace is an action, a super-heroic action – but it is more than an action.
Grace is a power, an extreme power – but it is more than a power.
Grace is a mercy, an extreme mercy – but it is more than a mercy.
Grace is a kindness, an unmerited kindness – but it is more than kindness.
Grace is a virtue, an exemplary virtue – but it is more than a virtue.
Grace is an historic event, an event that is central to all history – but it is more than an historic event.
Grace is a gift, an unspeakable gift – but it is more than a gift.
Grace is a work, a legal work of atonement, propitiation, justification, redemption, forgiveness, and adoption – but it is more than a legal work.
Grace is a life, a quickening, transforming life – but it is not an impersonal life.
Grace is more than an action, a power, a mercy, a kindness, a virtue, an event, a gift, or a legal work. Grace is a Person.
Grace is Jesus Christ – the loving action, the unstoppable power, the extreme mercy, the unmerited kindness, the exemplary virtue, the unspeakable gift, and the perfect rescuing work of God upon the Cross. Grace is the Abundant Life of God made available in the Person of Jesus Christ.
Jesus. is. Grace.*
*”The Manifold Wonder of Grace” by Eric Ludy. Sermon found here: http://ellerslie.com/sermons/eric-ludy/12-9-12/the-manifold-wonder-of-grace