Word of the Day: Charis
Copy the word at the top of your page. Say it aloud three times.
Have you heard this word before? If so, what do you know about it?
Look up the following references where this word is used. What do you learn about the word Charis?
2 Corinthians 12:9
1 Corinthians 15:10
Where are we in the meta-narrative of Scripture (or, the story of Redemption)?
Grace is a word that many of us are familiar with. In fact, it’s easy to be so familiar with the word that we lose sight of what it means. I have been guilty of using the word grace to refer to all kinds of good, biblical principles that aren’t exactly what the biblical word Charis has in mind. When I’m sorry that I’ve done something to hurt my husband, I ask him to extend grace. When I need bolstered faith, I say that I need grace to believe. And while these are not unbiblical concepts, I’m not actually using the word “grace” in line with how we understand Charis in the New Testament.
Charis means grace, which is a free gift I am undeserving to receive. This is a concise definition that gets at the very heart of the Gospel. Unlike Eleeo (mercy, which we looked at yesterday) which removes the punishment of our sin, Charis goes further and heaps into our laps blessings we could never fathom. In the Charis of Christ we not only are not destined for destruction as our sins rightly deserved, but we are also destined for life in the presence of God, gloriously restored to right fellowship with Him. The Charis of God is elaborate, benevolent, generous, and abundant. In Christ, God lavishes us with His grace and gives us the good gift of salvation that we could never earn or deserve.
How does this move the story forward?
Pray & Reflect: Praise God that He has shown you His Charis. Thank Him for not only removing the negative consequences of your sin, but for also giving you the generous gift of new life in Christ.