DEBUNKING SALVATION BY GRACE: A FAVOR FROM GOD
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.