Thoughts about grace…
God’s essence and character are love.
Love is expressed to the object of love.
Grace (gift, favor) is an expression of God’s love.
You can’t truly separate out just one aspect of God’s character from all the others.
Consider a red delicious apple – color, shape, aroma, texture, juiciness, flavor, peeling, seeds. It takes all those to make that particular type of apple.
When God extends his word, which contains his creative life, to me – an act of his grace – all his character is wrapped up in that word. (Does he believe his own word? Does he have faith in his own word?)
God’s own faith comes too.
Ephesians 2:8-9, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast.” (NIV)