Riches of His Grace
At the Second of Ephesians, the apostle Paul described God as rich in mercy, while First Peter one describes God’s mercy as abundant. To be sure, we are given to understand that Divine mercy is in no short supply. One might regard mercy as descriptive of God’s attitude toward man, while grace may describe the expression of that mercy to humanity. Paul taught that it is through faith that we benefit from God’s grace, not by works. However, one should not conclude that works play no role in redemption. Both the Eleventh of Hebrews and the Second of James teach us that it is by works that faith is manifested to God, Who then extends the grace that saves. Hence, Paul wrote that God is not only rich in mercy but also extends to us the exceeding riches of His grace.
Written by David Hayes Prophater