By grace (favor) have ye been saved. Acts 2:5-8

The Greek word for grace occurs 156 times in 147 verses in the New Testament. In the KJV, it is translated by grace in 128 verses in 131 occurrences.

The Greek root verb for grace means 'to rejoice'. 

"Grace, particularly that which causes joy, pleasure, gratification, favor, acceptance, for a kindness granted or desired, a benefit, thanks, gratitude.' The Complete Word Study Dictionary. 1992. Revised edition, 1993.

Ephesians 2:5, 8 ASV

(5) even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace [favor] have ye been saved),

(8) for by grace [favor] have ye been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;

Angel Gabriel told Mary that she found grace (favor) with God.

Luke 1:30 ASV

And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor [grace] with God.

Jesus grew with the grace (favor) of God upon Him and in favor with God and men.

Luke 2:40 ASV
And the child grew, and waxed strong, filled with wisdom: and the grace [favor] of God was upon him.

Luke 2:52 ASV
And Jesus advanced in wisdom and stature, and in favor [grace] with God and men.

Growing in grace or in favor, being in grace (favor) with God and men does not imply a workless state in which we do not strive to do anything to merit the favor, even making God closing His eyes on our disagreements (sins) with Him and showing contempt for His words by tweaking them to our advantage making us Gods over Him.
The correct view about grace or favor is that it teaches that God had no reason to give us another chance to prove ourselves to be capable of full obedience to His words even when facing death rather than cross Him to take the easy way out.
Salvation by grace means salvation by favor which implies predilection or love from God not salvation by a grace (favor) that disregards disobedience and contempt to His word.
The favor (grace, predilection) of God gives Him a chance to prove that His image can indeed be holy if they want to and that the plan of Satan leads to unimaginable violence and desecration of His heavenly values championed by Jesus who is the Faithful witness of Father God.

Jesus wants us to show grace (favor) towards our fellow-men who wrong us just as Father shows favor (grace) towards us even though we wronged Him by rebelling against Him.

Luke 6:33-34 ASV
(33) And if ye do good to them that do good to you, what thank [grace, favor] have ye? for even sinners do the same.
(34) And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank [grace, favor] have ye? even sinners lend to sinners, to receive again as much.

If grace is actually a favor of God and salvation is possible because of that favor, do we need to do anything to merit that favor? Do we only need to confess lip belief in Jesus without keeping ALL His commandments, since salvation is by the favor of God?

John 3:16 ASV
(16) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life.

The common belief about the grace (favor) of God is that it does not require works, according to Romans 11:6. All that is true.

Romans 11:5-6 ASV
(5) Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.
(6) But if it is by grace, it is no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace.

But are woks not required for salvation because the grace (favor) of God does not depend on works?

By the way, we should ask ourselves, if the grace (favor) of God can save us or if we are saved by grace (favor), 'Does grace (favor) save?'. Think about it. Can we go knock on doors and announce to the person, 'you are saved by grace (favor)!' Can that be true? Can it be true that everyone under a roof or not under a roof is saved by grace (favor)? Biblically speaking, NO! NO! Therefore, grace (favor) does not save. Rather, grace (favor) makes salvation attainable.

The same question about the merits of belief in God, of the blood of Jesus, of works vis-a-vis salvation have been considered elsewhere under their respective headings.

That is, 'Does belief in Jesus save? Does the blood of Jesus save? Do works save? What saves?

Can we go knock on doors and announce to the person, 'You are saved by belief in Jesus God!' Can that be true? Can it be true that everyone under a roof or not under a roof is saved by belief in Jesus God? Biblically and realistically speaking, NO! NO! Therefore, belief in Jesus does not save. Rather, belief in Jesus makes salvation attainable.

Can we go knock on doors and announce to the person, 'You are saved by the blood of Jesus God!' Can that be true? Can it be true that everyone under a roof or not under a roof is saved by the blood of Jesus God? Biblically and realistically speaking, NO! NO! Therefore, the blood of Jesus does not save. Rather, the blood of Jesus makes salvation attainable.

We can substitute the word (s) of the question by any other doctrine such as justification (righteousness), holiness (sanctification), confession of Jesus, and the answer is still NO! Because no biblical doctrine can save anyone by just announcing the doctrine to the person.

However, a biblical doctrine can lead to salvation only if the person is willing to actively engage (WORK) with the doctrine and keep it or its requirements.

Again, can grace (favor) save us? No! Grace cannot save us. Grace (favor) is only the reason for salvation. If grace (favor) can save us, then, even the unbelievers are saved because of grace (favor), because grace (favor) does not take works (actions, deeds, obedience, disobedience) into account, as we have been taught by the preachers from the point of view of Romans 11:6.

If we think that grace (favor) does not include the unbelievers, what do believers do (belief, actions, works, obedience, compliance) to be eligible for the grace of God that the unbelievers do not do (unbelief, inactions, no works, disobedience)?

In regards to grace (favor) which does not depend on works, why the unbelievers who do not do anything (no works) are ineligible for grace, even though they do not do any unnecessary works for independent grace favor)?

Note that, according to 2 Timothy 1:9, grace (favor) was given before times eternal, before we were born. If grace is before times eternal why do we exclude the unbelievers, who are also born after grace, from the benefits of grace (favor) which is free (independent) from works and which leads to free salvation as a gift?

2 Timothy 1:9 ASV
who saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, [favor] which was given us in Christ Jesus before times eternal,

Is an unbeliever someone who does not believe in God but, nevertheless, behaves just as God wants human beings to behave (works, deeds, actions). Or is an unbeliever someone who does not do one and/or all the will of God in order to prove his/her unbelief?

Why do we know that the unbelievers will not be saved? What should the unbelievers do to be eligible for grace (favor) of God, if we know that they are not eligible? May they leave something out of what we know unbelievers must believe for salvation by favor (grace)?
Why can we choose to skip certain beliefs when we believe in God and the unbelievers cannot skip what we deem necessary for salvation?

What is the difference between the basis for the believers to skip some doctrine (s) and the basis of the unbelievers for skipping Jesus God and His requirements to successfully complete the plan of salvation program with a 100% grade?


John 5:39 ASV
(39) Ye search the scriptures, because ye think that in them ye have eternal life; and these are they which bear witness of me;
(40) and ye will not come to me, that ye may have life.

To be developed further,,,

Ephesians 2:5,8. 


It just happens that it is not the job of 'grace' or of 'salvation' of God Father to dictate to us what we must and must not do to be saved, so that we may invoke it to justify any disobedience to the Law of Moses.

What we may and may not do, how we act and may not act, what we must and must not do to be saved, is the job of the Law of Moses. Again, grace or salvation does not tell us what to do because grace or salvation existed way before times eternal, according to 2 Timothy 1:9, before there were works because there was man.

Grace (favor) or salvation was conceived as a gift before that there was any disagreement with the word of God (sin). Because grace (favor) or salvation precedes everything, the Cross also existed before the actual cross so that we may not invoke the Cross as an excuse to not obey the sabbath and/or the dietary commandments, besides the fact that the Cross does not dictate to us the will of God.

No one who is of God can claim the free gift of grace and of salvation as a justification to disobey God because the free gift has nothing to do with what we do and what we do not do. Adam and Eve, before or after sin, did not exercise their prerogative of choice to obey or not to obey the commandment of God based on the grace or the salvation of God, to say that, 'whether we choose to obey or to not obey has no bearing on our decision because our salvation is a free gift from the grace of God'.

Nonsensical, right?

2 Timothy 1:9 ASV
(9) who saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before times eternal,


The excuse 'Grace or salvation of God is a gift' may not be invoked as a justification to not keep the 7th day sabbath, the dietary law, or anything else in the Law of Moses because grace (favor) or salvation is a concept that predates creation, just as we may not use the concept of His Love which brings about the concept of grace or salvation to not keep certain immutable requirements of the Law of Moses. 

What to do and what to not do in the Kingdom of God is the job of the Law, not the job of grace, salvation, belief (faith), or of the blood of Jesus.

Apostle Paul asked, 'SHALL WE SIN (disagree with God in Moses and the Prophets) BECAUSE WE ARE UNDER GRACE?'

He answered, 'GOD FORBID!'

Romans 6:15 ASV
(15) What then? shall we sin, because we are not under law, but under grace? God forbid.



Ezekiel 33:13 ASV
(13) When I say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; if he trust to his righteousness, and commit iniquity, none of his righteous deeds shall be remembered; but in his iniquity that he hath committed, therein shall he die.

Revelation 21:8 ASV
(8) But for the fearful, and unbelieving, and abominable, and murderers, and fornicators, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, their part shall be in the lake that burneth with fire and brimstone; which is the second death.

Revelation 20:10 ASV
(10) And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where are also the beast and the false prophet; and they shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

We can fail to obtain the grace of God. That is, the grace of God is a quid pro quo: holiness for salvation (Hebrews 12:14-17).

Watching diligently that not any lack from the grace of God, that “no root of bitterness growing up” may crowd “in on you,” and through this many be defiled; (Deut. 29:18). Hebrews 12:15 KJ3

Matthew 16:24 ASV
(24)  Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man would come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

1 Peter 1:13-16 ASV
(13)  Wherefore girding up the loins of your mind, be sober and set your hope perfectly on the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; (14)  as children of obedience, not fashioning yourselves according to your former lusts in the time of your ignorance: (15)  but like as he who called you is holy, be ye yourselves also holy in all manner of living; (16)  because it is written, Ye shall be holy; for I am holy.


Let us know what you do not understand in the Evangel of salvation of Jesus as it is written, 'I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for except ye believe that I AM [YHWH per Exodus 3:13-15], ye shall die in your sins.' John 8:24 ASV