Message of the Day: Salvation Is Entirely God’s Work. It Comes By His Grace. It Produces Good Works!
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9, NKJV)
Ephesians 2:8 offers a key for understanding God’s grace, God’s kindness, unmerited favor and forgiving love. It flows directly out of 1:20-23 which deals with the present position of the Ephesian believers. Thus, life in the present is based on grace not by works. Being “saved” has a wide range of meanings. It includes salvation from God’s wrath, which we all had incurred by our sinfulness. The tense of the verb implies a completed action with emphasis on its present effect. It establishes faith the necessity of faith in Christ as the only means of being made right with God.
This salvation is entirely God’s work. It is unearned. No human effort can contribute to it; it comes by God’s grace, it is his gift for us. Our good works cannot earn us salvation, but once we are saved our lives should be full of good works. God’s action produces good works in us, but they are a consequence rather than a means of salvation.
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