Originally Posted by Tommy061
Well it is by some people. You have chosen to bring the WRONG connotation to this word. Hopefully NOT deliberately.
The proper Strong's reference is G5485 which is indeed the word charis, which is a feminine noun, and although the word's etymology or root, is chairō, which is the Strong's ref G5463 as you referenced above, it is NOT the word used.
The connotations for charis, are as follows;
a) that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness: grace of speech
2) good will, loving-kindness, favour
a) of the merciful kindness by which God, exerting his holy
influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them
in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of
the Christian virtues
3) what is due to grace
a) the spiritual condition of one governed by the power of
b) the token or proof of grace, benefit
1) a gift of grace
2) benefit, bounty
4) thanks, (for benefits, services, favours), recompense,
Based on the CONTEXT of these verses, the second connotation is the proper fit.
This grace is which allows us to use our faith to respond in a positive salvic manner to Chirst.
2Cor 6:1 is Paul stating; As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. Here Paul is speaking of himself and the workers in his group, not he and his audience. This has nothing to do with any work on the part of the one's receiving grace, it is just a warning not to receive God's grace in vain, just as the scripture states. Trying to tie works to salvation is using eisegesis, and not exegesis.
The following page gives some good commentary on these passages in Titus 2:11-12. As I am not yet allowed to post links here, you must go to BibleGateway.com to view it.
The Basis of Godly Conduct (2:11-15) - The IVP New Testament Commentary Series - Bible Gateway
To understand the proper context of Heb 5:9, it should be read within Heb 5:7-10 as follows;
7 In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud crying and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his godly fear. 8 Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered. 9 And once made perfect, he became for all those who obey him the source of eternal salvation, 10 having been designated by God a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.Again, within context, we must read James 1:21-22 within James 1:19-27 as follows;
19 Understand this, my dear brothers: everyone must be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry. 20 For the anger of man does not bring about the righteousness that God requires. 21 Therefore put aside all filthiness and rampant wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be doers of the word and not merely hearers, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if someone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a person who looks at his natural face in a mirror; 24 then after looking at himself he goes away and immediately forgets what he was like. 25 But the person who looks intently into the perfect law, the law that provides liberty, and continues in it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an active doer—he will be blessed in his doing. 26 If someone thinks that he is religious, yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. 27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their time of trouble, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.We must remember that James, in context, is talking about our post salvation walk, NOT our pre-salvation experience.