H2580 chen – favour, grace, charm
G5485 charis – grace; that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness: grace of speech
Genesis 6:8 But Noah found favor (Grace) in Yahweh’s eyes.
Genesis 19:19 See now, your servant has found favor (Grace) in your sight, and you have magnified your loving kindness, which you have shown to me in saving my life. I can’t escape to the mountain, lest evil overtake me, and I die.
Judges 6:17 He said to him, “If now I have found favor (Grace) in your sight, then show me a sign that it is you who talk with me.
Proverbs 3:4 So you will find favor (Grace), and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
Zechariah 12: 10 I will pour on David’s house, and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplication; and they will look to me whom they have pierced; and they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for his only son, and will grieve bitterly for him, as one grieves for his firstborn.
Luke 1:30 The angel said to her, “Don’t be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor (Grace) with God.
Acts 13:43 Now when the synagogue broke up, many of the Jews and of the devout proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas; who, speaking to them, urged them to continue in the grace of God.
Jude 1:4 For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of YHWH into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Yeshua.
Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.
To paraphrase the Mainstream idea of Grace…it’s a free gift given to man by God, unexpected and undeserved and gives us a share of the divine life of God. There’s NOTHING required by man to be awarded this grace, save professing your belief in Jesus. As long as man professes faith in Jesus, grace and eternal life are awarded. Sounds pretty awesome, right? All you have to do is openly state that you believe in Jesus and you’ll live forever. You can back slide into your sinful, lawless ways afterward because “once you receive this grace it can never be taken away from you.” You don’t have to change your life in any way because “we are all sinners and fall short, but grace carries us thought.” Is this really what the word Grace means though, or is this what man has made it?
First of all, we have to realize that Grace is NOT a New Testament concept. Grace is mentioned 69 times in the Old Testament. Adam and Eve began under Grace, Noah found Grace, Abraham found Grace, Lot found Grace, Moses found Grace. Grace is something that is given after being sought after. Everyone does not receive Grace just for believing in Y’shua. There is action on our part so that “if YHWH finds favor in his sight.” The Hebrew word for Grace always carries with it the idea of, “if I’ve done and if you believe I’m worthy, then will you afford me your Grace.” YHWH extended His grace freely to individuals and nations who humbly sought His favor in Old Testament times. Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, the children of Israel, the Ninevites, and David were all afforded grace and even kings Ahab and Manasseh when they repented of their wickedness. The key to all of this Grace being granted is because these people were in love with YHWH. They were loving Him the way He wanted to be loved and not the way they wanted to love him. So how does YHWH want to be loved? 1 John 5:3 For this is the love of YHWH, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.
We don’t receive YHWH’s grace…just because, but “as a result of.” As a result of us expressing our love for Him thought our actions. James 2:14-24 sums it up very nicely.
What good is it, my brothers, if a man says he has faith, but has no works? Can faith save him? 15 And if a brother or sister is naked and in lack of daily food, 16 and one of you tells them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled”; and yet you didn’t give them the things the body needs, what good is it? 17 Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead in itself. 18 Yes, a man will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without works, and I by my works will show you my faith.
19 You believe that God is one. You do well. The demons also believe, and shudder. 20 But do you want to know, vain man, that faith apart from works is dead? 21 Wasn’t Abraham our father justified by works, in that he offered up Isaac his son on the altar? 22 You see that faith worked with his works, and by works faith was perfected; 23 and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him as righteousness”; and he was called the friend of God. 24 You see then that by works, a man is justified, and not only by faith.
Christianity says, “Have Faith and get Grace,” but the Word of YHWH says, “Have Faith and show yourself approved and get Grace.”