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Grace – Charis with Merit

Let’s look again at where grace in the Scriptures is not “unmerited” in the Calvinist sense, something forced on randomly chosen individuals for no apparent reason. First in our consideration are verses that build the sense of merit directly into the use of “charis”: “For this is thankworthy (“charis”, grace), if a man for conscience […]

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Grace – In the Old Testament

For those that hold to the “Law of First Mention” as a divinely ordained tool to declare the fundamental aspect of a scriptural concept, here is the first time grace is used in the Bible: “But Noah found grace (“chen”) in the eyes of the Lord.” (Genesis 6:8) This coupling – “find grace” – is […]

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Grace – Etymology and Usage

Let’s look at the derivation of the Greek and Hebrew words for grace and see what we can learn. The Greek word for grace is “charis” – The following definition is from Strongs Concordance: “χάρις charis; (“chairo”, cheer, to be cheerful); graciousness (as gratifying), of manner or act (abstract or concrete; literal, figurative or spiritual; […]

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