As New-Testament believers, a solid understanding of the covenant under which we live gives us a true picture of God. We have all studied grace and truth; however, they are not separate, but the same. Grace is the truth, and is Jesus Christ, Himself. Grace is God’s undeserved, unmerited favor; it does not excuse sin, but instead teaches us to live godly lifestyles by changing us from the inside out. Submitting ourselves to grace allows the Holy Spirit to work in us to the point where we want to please God and not just ourselves. It frees us from the self-effort and rule-keeping that was prevalent, but unsuccessful, under the law. Accepting God’s unearned favor empowers us to do things we could never do without Him.