What Is Grace?

The Grace Project


“The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.”


This phrase is used in closing the following books of the Bible:
  • Romans (16:20)
  • 1 Corinthians (16:23)
  • 2 Corinthians (13:14)
  • Galatians (6:18)
  • Ephesians (6:24)
  • Philippians (4:23)
  • Colossians (4:18)
  • 1 Thessalonians (5:28)
  • 2 Thessalonians (3:18)
  • 1 Timothy (6:20)
  • 2 Timothy (4:22)
  • Titus (3:15)
  • Philemon (v. 25) 
  • Hebrews (13:25)


Why?  And does this mean anything?

One man, as far as I know, wrote all these books.  When he wrote them, they were actually letters, written to Christians.  As a closing statement, Paul included “grace be with you”, as if the readers could be without grace.


Now, don’t worry.  I am not about to get into whether a believer can be so without grace.  Let’s save the “once in grace, always in grace” discussion for later.  Like way later, when we are all sitting at the feet of Jesus in eternity.

Maybe he meant it more as a prayer.  If so, he was more or less asking God to cover them in grace.

But, I am supposed to be answering the question, “what does grace mean to me?”  And so far I haven’t given you an answer.  So brace yourself.  I don’t really know what grace is.

But, to me, grace is that something extra that we don’t deserve, but God gives it anyway.  It’s the patience to raise kids.  It’s the whatever-it-takes to get through the death of a beloved family member or friend.  It’s the courage to face unbeatable opposition.  It’s the faith to simply know that God is in control.

Now, I borrow from the Apostle a blessing for you.  My prayer:  “The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.”



4 thoughts on “What Is Grace?

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  1. Great blog Andy – Thanks! I see a very interesting situation developing with the blogs so far. Lots of “I don’t know” and “I can’t explain” statements from everyone… but it’s still very clear to me that we all have a firm grip on the meaning of grace.

  2. Great blog Andy! I agree with Ted. The general concensus is we all know what grace is without being able to fully explain it. We each have our own descriptions though. Yours gives new light to Paul’s idea of grace. I dig it!

  3. Thanks guys. It was a rather difficult question. But a great one to consider.

    I hope all our readers know that we each submitted our posts without benefit of reading any others’ first. So that makes the commonalities even more genuine and more reassuring.

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