Grace - unmerited favor - God's grace extended to sinful humanity in providing salvation and forgiveness through Jesus Christ that is not deserved and withholding the judgment that is deserved.
We see this kind of grace demonstrated in the verses John 3:16-18. It is grace offered to all humanity from the beginning of time until Christ's return. It does not matter if you are rich, poor, American, Indian, Russian, or African.
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
“He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."
(New King James Version)
Common grace - God's universal, nonsaving grace in which blessings are given to humanity for physical sustenance, pleasure, learning, beauty, ect., as expressions of God's goodness.
This is the grace that God allows so that we may live and enjoy, that is demonstrated throughout the Bible.
"And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food."
Genesis 1:29 (New King James Version)
“So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these."
Matthew 6:28-29 (New King James Version)
Irresistible grace - God's grace that is always efficacious and accomplishes its purpose in those whom God has chosen to receive salvation (the elect)
Ephesians 2:1-10 (New International Version)
There is no way I could say it better. To GOD be the glory for His Irresistable Grace!
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