In the Old Testament, the highest example of grace was the salvation of the Hebrew people from Egypt and their settlement in the Promised Land. This did not happen because of Israel's merit, but in spite of its injustice (Deuteronomy 9: 5-6). Although the grace of God is always free and undeserved, it should not be taken for granted. Grace is only enjoyed in the Covenant – the gift is given by God, and the gift is received by man through repentance and faith (Amos 5:15). Grace is to be sought humbly through the prayer of faith (Mal. 1: 9).
The grace of God has been prominently revealed and given in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Jesus was not only the beneficiary of the grace of God (Luke 2:40), but also his embodiment (John 1:14), bringing salvation to humanity (Titus 2:11). Through his death and resurrection, Jesus restored the broken communion between God and his people, both Jews and non-Jews. The only way to redeem a man is "by the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ" (Acts 15:11).
The grace of God revealed in Jesus Christ is applied by the HOLY SPIRIT, called the "Spirit of Grace," to save mankind (Heb. 10:29). The Spirit is the one who binds Christ to his people to receive forgiveness, the acceptance of sonship and the novelty of life, and every spiritual gift or grace (Eph. 4: 7).
The theme of grace is to be particularly emphasized in the Epistles of Paul. He radically opposes grace to the law and the works of the law (Romans 3:24, 28). Paul makes it clear that salvation can not be earned or earned. it can only be received as a gift of grace (Romans 4: 4). Grace, however, must be accompanied by faith; A person must trust in the mercy and favor of God, even if they are undeserved (Rom 4:16).
The Law of Moses revealed the righteous will of God in the midst of pagan darkness. it was God's gracious gift to Israel (Deuteronomy 4: 8). But his will was completed when Jesus brought the gospel of grace into the world (John 1:17).