The New Testament also declares the graciousness of God toward persons and events. When Jesus was a child, he “grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him” (Luke 2:40). The Apostle Paul believed that “by the grace of God I am what I am” (1 Corinthians 15:10). Moreover, he considered himself “a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effective working of His power” (Ephesians 3:7). The Apostle Peter refers to God as “the God of all grace” (1 Peter 5:10).
However, the major teaching of scripture regarding God’s graciousness relates not to God’s loving kindnesses toward individuals within temporal circumstances but to his gift of salvation from sin through Jesus Christ. Although humanity does not deserve eternal fellowship with God because beginning with Adam (Genesis 3) “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23), God determined before the foundation of the world that he would save mankind from sin (Ephesians 3:9; Colossians 1:26). God made promises to Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:15), to Abraham (Genesis 12:1-3; 15:5-17:1-4; 22:15-18), to Moses (Deuteronomy 18:15, 18), to David (2 Samuel 7:1-16), etc. that a savior would come to redeem humanity to himself. Although prophets also declared the coming of a savior (Micah 5:2; Isaiah 40:3-5; 53; 61:1; Malachi 3:1, etc.) and with angels desired to know more (1 Peter 1:10-12), God’s gracious plan of redemption remained a mystery until it was fully revealed through the church (Ephesians 3:10) by the apostles (Romans 16:25; 1 Corinthians 2:7; Ephesians 3:3-5; 6:19).
God’s great gift of grace is through Jesus Christ (Acts 15:11; 1 Corinthians 1:3-4; 2 Corinthians 8:9, Ephesians 2:5) who gave his life to redeem humanity from sin (John 3:16-17; Romans 3:24; 1 Corinthians 15:3; Ephesians 1:6-7; Titus 2:11; Hebrews 2:9). Jesus himself said that he came “to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). God’s gracious gift of salvation is not because humanity is righteous. Rather, God demonstrated “his own love