God’s free favor exercised toward undeserving sinners. It is entirely spontaneous on His part and not conditioned on human merit ( John 3:16 ; Eph. 1:3–11 ). It is an expression of the redeeming, loving attitude of God. In exercising grace, God gives before He requires. The exercise of saving grace results in forgiveness, pardon, justification, and sanctification. From a human point of view the most remarkable quality of God is His infinite patience and unchangeable love for sinners in spite of their unfaithfulness and rebellion ( Eph. 2:8 ). Human beings are saved wholly by grace, which comes to them as a free gift from God. Salvation is by grace alone, to the entire exclusion of human merit, power, or wisdom. Grace is largely a NT word. The OT has no precise equivalent for the NT wor...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.