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1 There is a word that conveys wonderful hope and comfort to the b It is a word that Paul loved to use 1 Every epistle that he wrote with the possible exception of Hebrews begins and ends with mention of this word2 What does this word actually mean a How is it used in the N T scriptures b What important things should we keep in mind concerning graceIn this study we shall spend a few moments focusing our attention onthis wonderful word and its relationship to the Christian Lets A THAT WHICH GIVES JOY PLEASURE DELIGHT 1 This is the original idea of the Greek word charis 2 It is used in the NT in this way in reference to SPEECH a The words of Jesus were spoken with grace - Lk 422 b The words of the Christian are to impart grace to the hearers - Ep 429 Co 46 B GOOD-WILL LOVINGKINDNESS FAVOR 1 In this way it is used a Of the kindness of a master towards his inferiors or b And especially of God towards men a CHARIS contains the idea of kindness which bestows upon one what he has not deserved b The NT writers use CHARIS preeminently of that kindness by which God bestows favors even upon the ill-deserving and grants to sinners the pardon of their offenses and bids them accept of eternal salvation through Christ - eg 3 It is this particular definition of grace that prompts us to
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