GRACE AND MERCY

In Christianity, Christians are taught and believe they are “saved by Grace.” They like to define the word “Grace” as meaning “unmerited favor.” They have to define it this way because they believe they do not have to do anything to obtain salvation, therefore the Grace YaHUWaH might bestow on them would be unmerited; they didn’t earn it.

Meaning, they don’t have to repent and obey the commandments. Knowing they are unworthy of salvation, if they choose not to repent and obey, then they have to obtain salvation through other means; “unmerited favor” from YaHuWaH. They believe Yahusha died for their sins. They themselves have to do nothing to earn YaHuWaH’s favor other than just believe this. They also are taught that the word Grace does not mean Mercy. Many of their preachers teach that the word Grace means some kind of YaHuWaH-given strength or power to overcome sin; although they do not believe they need to obey the commandments, thus carry on in sin. ??? None of this is true.

This study is not dealing with the fact that Yahusha was not YaHuWaH’s son nor did he die for their sins, it is a study on Grace. We’ll start with the definitions of the word Grace. Nowhere is the word defined as “unmerited favor.”

Grace in the NT: G5485 charis – merciful kindness, favor. (Strong’s) Loving-kindness, goodwill. Kindness which bestows upon one what he has not deserved. (Note: One could assume this is where they get their idea of “unmerited favor,” though it is not defined anywhere that way.) (Thayer’s)

Grace in Tanakh: H2580 chên – noun., favor. Find favor in the eyes of: YaHuWaH. (BDB) Favor, graciousness, kindness. (Strong’s)

H2580 is from a root word H2603 chânan – verb., be merciful, seek or show favor, be gracious. Usually in the bestowal of redemption from enemies, evils, or sins. (BDB) Mercy, gracious, fair, be merciful, show mercy, find or show favor. (Strong’s)

Mercy in Tanakh: H2617 chêsêd – kindness, favor, loving-kindness, merciful kindness. (Strong’s) Goodness, kindness. Of YaHuWaH; loving-kindness, favor. In redemption from sin, in the preservation of life from death, in the quickening of spiritual life, and in keeping the covenant (commandments). Loving-kindness to Yisra’ĕl (His people). (BDB)

We see from the above definitions that “Grace” is not defined as “unmerited favor.” We also see that the word Grace does in fact mean Mercy.

So first, let’s look at this Grace thing from a Christian viewpoint. Christians believe they are born into this thing called “original sin.” You know the one; Eve ate the apple. And all mankind now is doomed without unmerited favor from YaHuWaH. Does YaHuWaH give unmerited favor to someone who is still a “sinner” so he will believe Yahusha died for his sins or does He give it after a person is “saved” by believing Yahusha died for his sins? I don’t know. But if we look at this verse: Eph 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Messiah, ((by grace (unmerited favor) ye are saved)), it looks like it is the unmerited favor bestowed on someone that “saves” them. So my question then would be, what do you make of this verse?

Acts 10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that YaHuWaH is no respecter of persons.

Why doesn’t YaHuWaH just give everybody “unmerited favor” so all can have salvation? If all are sinners, born into sin because of the original sin, and none can do anything about it on their own, why doesn’t YaHuWaH give everybody the “unmerited favor”? Sounds like a respecter of persons to me.

Now let’s compare the two statements; one from Thayer’s trying to explain “unmerited favor” and the other from Brown, Driver, Briggs explaining the way YaHuWaH actually handles things.

Thayer’s: Kindness which bestows upon one what he has not deserved. Grace / mercy in the form of unmerited favor.

BDB: Usually in the bestowal of redemption from enemies, evils, or sins. Grace / mercy in the form of earned favor.

Redemption – H6304 pedûth – distinction, deliverance, division, ransom. (Strong’s)

Redemption is a ransom given when a distinction is made that determines someone is worthy to be redeemed or ransomed. How is that distinction made between people?

Psa 111:7-10 The works of His hands are truth and right-ruling. All His orders (COMMANDMENTS) are trustworthy. They are upheld FOREVER AND EVER, PERFORMED in truth and straightness. He sent REDEMPTION to His people. He has COMMANDED HIS COVENANT FOREVER. Set-apart (Holy) and Awesome is His Name. The fear of YaHuWaH is the beginning of wisdom. All those DOING them (COMMANDMENTS) have a good understanding. His praise is standing forever.

We see here that REDEMPTION is given to HIS PEOPLE. Who are His people? Those who DO the commandments.

Psa 130:7-8 O Yisra’ĕl, wait for YaHuWaH For with YaHuWaH there is loving-commitment (GRACE / MERCY). And with Him is much REDEMPTION. For He shall REDEEM Yisra’ĕl from all his crookednesses.

Who is Yisra’ĕl? It’s not the landmass in the middle east. Yisra’ĕl is His people. Again, what does that mean, His people? Those who DO the commandments. They will be redeemed.

Exo 20:3-6 You have no other mighty ones against My face. (No other “god” from a religion). You do not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of that which is in the heavens above, or which is in the earth beneath, or which is in the waters under the earth. You do not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, YaHuWaH your Elohim am a jealous Ěl, visiting the crookedness of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing loving-commitment (MERCY) to thousands, to those who love Me and guard (KEEP / DO) My commands.

YaHuWaH shows mercy / grace to those who keep His commandments, not to those who don’t. There is no “unmerited favor.” It is explained quite clearly who receives His Grace / Mercy and why. IF you keep the commandments THEN you are His people and THEN you receive His Grace / Mercy. That is where the distinction is made for redemption; between those keeping the commandments and those who don’t.

Are you part of “His People”?

Torah without Grace is legalism

Grace without Torah is lawlessness

“For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our Elohim into a license for immorality and deny Yahusha Messiah our only Sovereign and Master.” ~ Jude 1:4

Be an overcomer.

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Jerry Richter · June 1, 2022 at 6:36 pm

Well done, brethren ! 😁

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