David Bercot. Many Christians have a completely wrong concept of Christianity because they misunderstand one single word: grace. Most of us have been told that grace means God's "unmerited favor" and that it stands in contrast to human effort or reward. But how can we know what a particular word mean in the days of Jesus and the apostles.?
The Greek word that is translated as "grace" is charis. Bercot argues that the only way we can know what charis meant in ancient times is to go the writings of that period. For New Testament words, the three most valuable ancients sources we have are (1) the Septuagint, (2) the New Testament, and (3) the early Christian writings. These sources reveal that charis was an everyday word, meaning goodwill or favor. This goodwill might by totally undeserved, or it might be extended because of something commendable on the part of the recipient.
Beyond any doubt, salvation is a gift. But it is a gift conditioned on our maintaining an obedient love-faith relationship with Christ. This message could change of your whole concept of Christianity!