So, then I think: What EXACTLY is Grace?
Grace is defined in several ways:
Beauty----as in she swam with grace
A favor or pardon from a superior....as in Her boss showed her grace for being late
So, then I suppose "By the grace of God" means that God is beautiful and will forgive us for our sins as in God will show you grace for telling a lie. Or that God will protect us---as in By the grace of God, he escaped the accident.
My grandmother's name was Grace and she was a saint. Ironically, my affair partner's niece is named Grace and I WAS her godmother.
Is it our sole purpose to earn grace from God so that we will be allowed into the kingdom of heaven?
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.