The Jewish people of Jesus time knew from the OT Scriptures that righteousness was required to enter the Kingdom of God.
Jesus said the righteousness required was the very righteousness of God...his perfect righteousness (Matthew 5:48)
Part of the perfect righteous character of God was his gracious, compassionate heart...a heart of unconditional love, unmerited kindness, and unearned blessings.
The Hebrew word for gracious in the OT ischannun.
It is used 13 times in the OT to desribe the gracious, compassionate and kind heart of God.
"Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever.Amen."
Paul, the Apostle of Grace
The word glory means to gaze upon the greatness of God...to stand in awe of how great God is. For all eternity we we will gaze upon God and be in awe of his greatness. We will forever be saying, “Look at how great God is!”
Why will we be gazing upon the greatness of God for all eternity?
Why will we say, "Look at how great God is!"?
One word - Grace!
2 Timothy 1:9 says God gave us grace in Christ before time began.
Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
Have you tried to share the good news (gospel) of God's grace with friends, family, and other believers, but have been met with fierce rejection? If you have, know that you are not alone.
Fierce rejection by many in the religious community was the common response to Paul when he shared the good news of God's grace, which he called the mystery of the gospel.
The word "gospel" is used over and over within Christianity; yet, in my conversations with many many Christians, I have discovered most have an incomplete understanding of the gospel. I believe with all my heart that our heavenly Father passionately desires that those who have been saved by the gospel understand the gospel that has saved them. So what is the gospel?
In the original Greek language, the word gospel means "good news". We find the word gospel used in the Bible both before the crucifixion of Jesus and following his resurrection.