“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast.” — Ephesians 2:8-9
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Genesis, the name of the first book in the Bible, means “origins, beginnings or foundations.” Therefore, it should be of no surprise that one of the most important concepts in Scripture is introduced on the earliest pages of Genesis. Grace, meaning “unmerited favor,” is foundational to our salvation and relationship with God.
As we read the story of Noah in Genesis 6-9, note that he was a recipient of God’s grace in Genesis 6:8 (NKJV) before the listing of his Godly qualities in Genesis 6:9. Also jump over and read Ephesians 2:8-10. There we read that a Christian’s works are a result of salvation, not a cause for salvation. This was true in the life of Noah.
As you follow the development of the truth of grace through the 66 books of the Bible, you will observe that the book to most frequently mention grace is Paul’s letter to the Romans. Grace is referenced 21 times in this book, which provides a clear and comprehensive teaching of the free gift of salvation in Jesus Christ.
Finally, we have the concluding words of the entire Bible, found in Revelation 22:21: “The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.” From beginning to end, the Bible spotlights God’s grace found in Jesus Christ.
Have you received the foundational gift of grace (salvation) found in Jesus Christ (Romans 6:23)? I pray you fully embrace His grace in your life!
— Jeff Totten, Detroit Tigers chaplain
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