The Respect of Persons and Grace

Now, here’s where it gets fun! The respect of persons is several times closely associated with the concept of grace or favor. Examples:

Deuteronomy 28:50–“a fierce nation which shall not regard the person of the old, nor shew favour to the young”
–“regard” is the same Hebrew word as “respect.” Bad guys won’t show respect or favor to the young or old, both will get killed as they will kill people indiscriminately.

Lamentations 4:16–“they respected not the persons of the priests, they favoured not the elders.”
–respect and favor used interchangeably.

Although I never recommend people read the NIV, Romans 2:11, God does not show respect of persons, the NIV says “God does not show favoritism.”

There is a close link between showing grace and showing respect of persons. So, this can help us define and understand what Grace is.

Showing respect of persons in judgment means giving someone a less harsh judgment for no real reason. Therefore, grace cannot mean “undeserved favor,” giving someone favor for no reason, because that would violate God’s very nature of not showing respect of persons.

If God just decided to be more lenient to one group of people for no reason, then God is no longer just. There is a reason why God respects people and why God shows favor and grace to people.

And, wouldn’t ya know it, it’s the same reason!

Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off.”

“for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.”

Rather than inventing definitions for words, it’s best to let the Bible define the usage of its own words. There is a reason God shows grace to some and not to others.

3 thoughts on “The Respect of Persons and Grace”

  1. God shows mercy to whom He will show mercy. Abraham was a moon worshiping pagan, Moses a murderer, Paul a persecuter of the church, what was so humble about these men’s lives before God choose to free their hearts? Jeff are you saying that we earn grace with our own humbleness?

  2. What you think of Abraham, Moses or Paul matters none at all, what God thinks of them does. What I do know is that each of these men were humble when God showed up. I believe God knows what is in a man’s heart, you and I do not. God sorts it out. Our job is to be humble, or else the verses I quote don’t mean what they say.

  3. I agree, God does know what is in every man’s heart apart from being born-again, it is full of every kind of evil. There is not one who is good, all of us have gone astray.

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