Put your stones away. I am not speaking out of both sides of my mouth (which you might be thinking if you read my last post). While it is true that the word “grace” is not a code word for Calvinist theology–relegated to proper use only in one setting, by one people, for one reason–it is indeed a code word.

Grace is the word used to describe an indescribable God. It is the unfathomable depth of the God whose very word created everything, whose utter righteousness disdains all the sinful shortcoming that we are. And still He offers from Himself, His only Son (who is part and parcel of who He is) to walk among us, die in place of us, and offer to us a Life that we could never earn.

In short Grace is that word which belongs to all who receive the gift of salvation from the hand of Jesus.

Grace is not the beauty of an Olympic Medal skater with a flawlessly smooth routine that wows the judges and catapults the spectators to their feet with more than a pride in being countrymen of the athlete–screaming for more because of the sheer beauty of the program. This is a drop in the bucket of grace, though.

Grace is not a word said over a plate of food in a vague show of gratitude for the sustenance that we think we have earned.

No, Grace is not any of those things that we like to call grace. Instead, Grace is a code word. It is code for all that we cannot earn, buy, or measure, but that God gives freely to any and all who will but say, “Yes.” Grace is code for Jesus, for the Cross, for the empty Tomb, for all that we can be because of who He is.

Break the code: believe.