25 Bible Verses About Grace

God's grace is a core theme of the Bible

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The concept of grace is one of the most crucial and impactful in Christian theology. A dictionary definition of grace is “the unmerited love and favor of God toward men.” With this selection of Bible verses about grace, we’ll uncover the many nuances, expressions, and implications of the infinite goodness and favor of God toward humankind.

What Does the Bible Say About Grace?

The doctrine of grace stands at the center of the Bible. It is the theme that connects every book and the thread that winds through every verse. In the original Old Testament language, grace comes from a word meaning “lovingkindness,” which is often used to describe the Lord’s character. God’s grace flows from the essence of his being: “The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness” (Exodus 34:6, ESV).

In the New Testament, grace is translated from a term meaning "divine favor,"  "goodwill," "that which gives joy," and "that which is a free gift." Grace is the undeserved gift of God. The greatest of God’s gifts of grace is His Son, Jesus Christ.

This simple acronym is frequently cited as a biblical definition of grace: God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.

The Bible tells us that God’s grace is manifested in the person of Jesus Christ: “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth … Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (John 1:14-17, NIV).

Saved by Grace

By God’s grace, sinners are saved and reborn into the family of God. God offers eternal life to all who believe in His son, Jesus. Through Christ’s substitutionary death on the cross, God pronounces “not guilty” all who repent, confess their sins, and believe in Jesus as their Lord and Savior. As sinners, we deserve to die in our sins, but God’s grace gives us everlasting life through Jesus Christ.

Acts 15:11
But we believe that we will be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will. (ESV)

Romans 3:24
Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. (NLT)

Romans 5:15
But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! (NIV)

Ephesians 1:6-7
… to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace. (NKJV)

Titus 2:11
For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. (NLT)

Titus 3:7
Because of his grace he made us right in his sight and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life. (NLT)

Ephesians 2:5
That even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) (NLT)

Ephesians 2:8-9
God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. (NLT)

The Word of His Grace

In the book of Acts, the message of the gospel is called “the word of his grace” and “the gospel of the grace of God.”

Acts 14:3
So they remained for a long time, speaking boldly for the Lord, who bore witness to the word of his grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands. (ESV)

Acts 20:24
But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. (ESV)

Acts 20:32
And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. (ESV)

Abounding in Grace

God’s grace is abundant. There is no end to the goodness, mercy, love, healing, forgiveness, and countless other ways he pours out his blessings on His people. Through the endless reserves of God’s grace, he enriches our lives and unites us together in his family, the body of Christ.

2 Corinthians 9:8
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. (NKJV)

Ephesians 2:7
So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus. (NLT)

Ephesians 4:7
But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. (NIV)

2 Corinthians 8:9
You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich. (NLT)

James 4:6
But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” (ESV)

John 1:16
For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. (ESV)

His Grace Is Sufficient for Every Need

God gives grace to those who are in need and who humbly come to him for help. His grace supplies us with the power to serve, preach the gospel, and endure suffering, persecution, and hardship

2 Corinthians 12:9
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. (NIV)

1 Corinthians 15:10
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. (ESV)

Ephesians 3:7–8
Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God’s grace, which was given me by the working of his power. To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ. (ESV)

Hebrews 4:16
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (ESV)

1 Peter 4:10
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. (NIV)

1 Peter 5:10
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. (NIV)

Acts 4:33
With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all. (NIV)

2 Timothy 2:1
Timothy, my dear son, be strong through the grace that God gives you in Christ Jesus. (NLT)

Sources

  • Holman Treasury of Key Bible Words: 200 Greek and 200 Hebrew Words Defined and Explained (p. 295).
  • Grace: New Testament. The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (Vol. 2, p. 1087).