by John Greene
In the religion of man, many words used have been cheapened or diminished, often muddying their meaning. The English word “grace” is one of these words. As you read through our articles that are published online, keep in mind that we generally refer to the Father’s grace as His favor. Even so, we don’t over use these words. Instead, as students of scripture (as all are), Ruth and I aim to clarify what we mean without overusing words that have been diminished over time. (“YHWH’s Revolution“; “A Branch of the Vine through Trust“)
Grace could be interpreted as unmerited favor, but this is a modern expression that has been reasoned out by modern thinking. Grace is YHWH’s influence on the human heart, the reflection of YHWH in your life through the new man in the Messiah. Grace is the period of time that you live, just as you live at this moment. Grace is having the opportunity to abide in the Father through Yahshua [Jesus] the Messiah and the Holy Spirit [Dedicated, Set Apart Spirit]. Grace is YHWH teaching you what you need to know. The fact that you are reading this article on this website is part of YHWH’s grace as you operate in more complete knowledge of Him. (Psalm 37:6; “YHWH’s Track of Righteousness“; “Walking the Track of Righteousness“)
In the original concept of the ancient Hebrew language, grace or favor [chen, H2580 and channah, H2583 ] means to dwell, or more specifically, a circle or encampment, a hedge of protection of life in respect and revelation from Elohim. This tells you specifically what your Father says it is.
YHWH’s favor through His protective love shows His true feelings about you. When a disciple reflects YHWH’s love and operates in it, through repentance and continually looking toward the Will of our Father and the sacrifice of His Son, that disciple turns aside from sin of the past. The Greek word often used in the Bible for our Heavenly Father’s favor is charis. Strong’s Concordance says that charis is: “Grace, the state of kindness and favor towards someone, often with a focus on a benefit given to the object.” While human beings don’t deserve His protective love, our Father’s grace doesn’t simply fall on you without result or without expectation. The natural expression of your trust in YHWH springs forth as a proof of your love for Him, your appreciation for the sacrifice of His Son, as well as abiding with His Holy Spirit to grow in loyal trust and understanding. Yahshua [Jesus] died for your salvation, not without reason. However, action on your part is required through the exercise of your trust, what is often identified as ‘faith.’ (“Understanding Sin“; “YHWH’s Promise to His Elect“; “Agreement With YHWH – Not the World“)
In the original concept of the ancient Hebrew language, belief or faith [aman, H539] means to be yoked as an heir, in constant motion or action towards the Sovereignty of your Father through the blood of the good seed, your Messiah Yahshua [Jesus].
Grace is a relationship built through trust, your willingness to abide in the teaching of your Master, a spiritual expression of love through your lifestyle and life attitudes, even the renewing of your heart and mind in the Messiah as you grow in spiritual maturity. The love of your Father allows you the time to benefit from His grace. You seek the truth of YHWH as that Word changes your life, to bring your life in line with His Word in the Bible. You come to reside in the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23, 1 Corinthians 13:5-6, 7-13) as you mature spiritually, followed by the gifts of the Holy Spirit as you continue to exercise personal trust. (1 Corinthians 12; “How YHWH Marks His People“) Elohim becomes your anchor, in essence, your tent peg as you set up your tent (your temple) with Him in one-to-one personal relationship. He is trustworthy! (John 1:14, 14:23; Psalm 119:86; Isaiah 22:22)
All of this is the process of salvation, given freely by your Heavenly Father YHWH as you walk with Him. Obedience is dependence on YHWH, a fruit of His continued favor, resulting in continued spiritual growth. Obedience is belief, evidence of trust and proof of your love for YHWH and the sacrifice of your Master the Messiah. Living an obedient life is the fruit of salvation. Belief always bears fruit – beneficial fruit or rotten fruit. Your current attitudes and life are a reflection of that. (Romans 1:16-17; 1 John 3:4-15; Matthew 7:15-25; John 6:35-40; “Foundation of Salvation“; “YHWH’s People Walk by Faith and Obedience to His Word“)
“For the saving Gift of Elohim has appeared to all men, instructing us to renounce wickedness and worldly lusts, and to live sensibly, righteously, and reverently in the present age, looking for the blessed expectation and esteemed appearance of the great Elohim and our Saviour Yahshua Messiah, who gave Himself for us, to redeem us from all lawlessness1 and to cleanse for Himself a people, His own possession, ardent for good works.” – Titus 2:11-14, ISR98
The purified disciple of the Messiah is eager to place priority on YHWH’s precepts over all else. Revelation 21:27 promises the reader that anything which defiles or is a lie will not enter into YHWH’s Sovereignty. Knowing what is truth is vital since the traditions of man are usually polluted and twisted. This includes a false gospel that is taught to most of the world, which is full of lies, and usually fables and philosophies of mankind. YHWH’s Word is simple and true. It changes how you live. The tradition of man, as well as attempts to defend lies is what makes life and religion complex, a story book of deceit. (“The Struggle for Purity of Heart“; “Filling Your Life with Truth Instead of Deception“; “Recognizing the Counterfeit“)
In the world today, a false gospel teaches that you do not ever need to change your life, how you think, how you live or where you place your allegiance. A false gospel allows you to sit back with little, if any effort on your part, teaching you to abuse the expression of love that YHWH extends to you. A false gospel teaches forgiveness for all without any reciprocal action. A false gospel teaches that simple knowledge of the Father’s favor assures salvation. A false gospel teaches that no action is required, that you are automatically a disciple of the Messiah or a ‘Christian’ because you say it is so. Disciples are sinners that operate in humility as they seek to cooperate with YHWH and His Holy Spirit in every way out of love. (Matthew 18:3; “Beware of False Teachers & Disciples“; “Playing It Safe With Another Gospel“; “The Idolatry Factor“)
“’But someone might say, ‘You have belief, and I have works.’ Show me your belief without your works, and I shall show you my belief by my works. You believe that Elohim is one. You do well. The demons also believe – and shudder! But do you wish to know, O foolish man, that the belief without the works is dead?” – James 2:18-20, ISR98
“I call upon you, therefore, brothers, through the compassion of Elohim, to present your bodies a living offering – set-apart, well-pleasing to Elohim – your reasonable worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you prove what is that good and well-pleasing and perfect desire of Elohim.” – Romans 12:1-2, ISR98
Context in scripture is more important that the content of a single verse or a few verses that would seem to stand alone to prove a point. Words always mean something, especially the original text of the Bible before translation. As you read the Bible, ask yourself what the writer of the Bible text is actually explaining before deciding on a new theology for yourself and others. YHWH’s protective love truly is amazing because that grace and His love is truly free. This doesn’t mean that He doesn’t have expectations for His people. Yahshua [Jesus] the Messiah set the tone, which strongly indicates that obedience is always best. (John 14:15) Obedience is a proof of your love in return through active repentance. For those that would wish to argue the point of grace or salvation, we simply say that we are happy that the Messiah is the One that makes the final judgment for anyone, whether you will reside with Him or be cast off into eternal destruction in the Lake of Fire. If you say you are happy with your life and believe you are pleasing to your Heavenly Father when you feel the need to defend yourself, you will find out soon enough! Neither of us is your judge, only One, the Messiah. That is how it should be. (John 5:22; Romans 2:3, 5, 16; 3:10; “The Importance of Practical Repentance“)