S. M. Baugh is Professor of New Testament at Westminster Seminary California where he has taught for over thirty years. He is the author of Ephesians: Evangelical Exegetical Commentary and he has contributed to the ESV Study Bible and the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary.
We often take for granted the fact that Jesus died to save us but we don't understand the magnitude of what this meant for the people of Israel as they expected the Messiah. How did Jesus' death prove he was the king everyone was waiting for?
The question, “What is grace?” sounds like a catechism question. It sounds like the kind of question that demands a concise answer. Oddly enough, the catechism used in my church does not have the question, “What is grace?” So, how does the Bible define it for us?
In Christ’s earthly ministry, the Jewish people were expecting him to raise an army like any earthly kind would in order to resuscitate the Davidic kingdom (e.g., John 6:15). But what Jesus did was radically different.