Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, 2 which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, 3 concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh 4 and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord,5 through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, 6 including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ, 7 To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
From Donald Grey Barnhouse:
Grace is unmerited favor. It is “the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man” (Tit. 3:4). Love that goes upward is worship; love that goes outward is affection; love that stoops is grace. We were not lovely or lovable. God commandeth His love toward us in the while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us, for the ungodly.
Oh! the love that drew salvation’s plan,
Oh! the grace that brought it down to man,
Oh! the mighty gulf that God did span
If any individual thinks that he should go to Heaven by natural right , he has never understood either the holiness of God or the sinfulness of sin. It would be a very good exercise for you, whoever you may be, to write down on a piece of paper so that you own eyes could see it in your own hand, the following: (1) I [put your name in] deserve Hell. (2) Jesus Christ took my Hell. (3) There is nothing left for me by His Heaven.
Someone may think that he does not deserve hell. Again, I say, if you do not know that you deserve Hell by natural right, you have never understood the holiness of God or the sinfulness of sin. But the Lord Jesus Christ, risen from the dead and ascended on High, is the author of our grace, and we rest in it secure. He has dealt with our sin and is dealing with our sins. Our sin is forgiven, forgotten, cleansed, atoned for , covered, blotted out like a thick cloud, cast in the depth of the sea, removed as for as the east is from the west, cast behind God’s back, remembered against us no more forever. God has done everything for us. There is nothing left to be done. Jesus paid it all. We would have no gospel whatsoever if we were forced to sing, “Jesus paid it ninety per cent, only ten per cent I owe.” For you could never pay the fraction of one per cent of the infinite demands of the righteousness of God. If we are to stand before Him clothed in His righteousness alone, it must be in the garments of His grace. We must be made accepted in the beloved. And this is just what has happened. We have received grace.