Grace



Grace chen, . The favour and graciousness shown by God to guilty man. It stands in contrast to law, John 1: 17; Gal. 5: 4; also to works and to Desert or reward, Rom. 4: 4; Rom. 11: 6; 'by grace ye are saved.' Eph. 2: 5, 8. The grace of God is vouchsafed to the saints all along the way: we find nearly all the Epistles commence and end with the invocation of grace on the Churches: whereas when individuals are addressed Mercy is added. 1 Tim. 1: 2; 2 Tim. 1: 2; Titus 1: 4; 2 John 3. The different aspects of grace and mercy have been thus set forth: "Grace refers more to the source and character of the sentiment; mercy to the state of the person who is its object, Grace may give me glory; mercy contemplates some need in me. Mercy is great in the greatness of the need; grace in the thought of the person exercising it."