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TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):
Ephesians 2:8-10 (ESV) “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):
Typically, we understand that Ephesians 2:8 & 9 go together. Many Christians can quote these two verses by heart. But, all too often, we fail to realize that verse 10 is a part of the package. Let’s briefly look at these three verses.
In Ephesians 2:8-9, we read that we are saved by God’s free gift of grace. We cannot earn it and we certainly don’t deserve it. It is a gift. Anything we do to try to earn salvation undermines our ability to receive it.
To be saved from the penalty of our sins, we simply fall at the mercy of the court. We acknowledge our sinfulness and that we have repeatedly broken God’s perfect laws. We ask for forgiveness and that’s when Jesus steps in to pay our sin debt to the Father. It’s all grace. We can’t do anything to get saved except to simply receive it.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
So how do we live the rest of our lives after we are saved by grace?
Well, of course, it continues to be by grace. We can do nothing apart from God (John 15:5). We may think, “Well, I can get up and walk across the room without God.” But, friend, who gave you those legs? Who is giving you your next breath of air? Who is enabling your body to have the energy to get up and walk rather than drop dead in the next moment? Friend, you and I can not do anything apart from God. We are dependent upon Him and His grace every moment of every day.
But, grace doesn’t mean that we are passive. It doesn’t mean that we sit back and claim no responsibility for our lives after He has saved us. What should we do after we are saved by grace and as we live by grace?
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10)
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