6 Minute Read + Scripture readings
Today’s Bible Reading:
1 Kings 4-5
Today’s Bible Verse(s):
Ephesians 2:8–10 (CSB): “For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift — not from works, so that no one can boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time for us to do.”
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 by grace. It’s God’s free gift. We cannot earn it and we certainly don’t deserve it. Anything we do to try to earn salvation undermines our ability to receive it and insults our God who desires to give it freely.
Just imagine pulling out your wallet and trying to pay a loved one at Christmastime after you open their gift to you. Awkward! Their gift was intended to be received freely, without any payment other than a heartfelt, “Thank you!”
To be saved from the penalty of our sins, we simply fall at the mercy of the heavenly court. We acknowledge our sinfulness and agree 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 freely.
Ephesians 2:8–9 (CSB): “For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift — not from works, so that no one can boast.”
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 cannot do a single thing 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 graciously and freely saved us. What should we do after we are saved by grace and as we live by grace?
Ephesians 2:10 (CSB): “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time for us to do.”
God has saved us “for good works.” He has saved us so that we can serve Him. He has saved us so that we can pursue holiness enabling us to be more useful to Him. He has saved us so that we can demonstrate to a watching, sinful world what it looks like to follow Jesus.
Friend, we are saved by grace and we live by grace. But, as we live by grace, we must also realize that we have been “created in Christ Jesus for good works” and that we should get busy doing those things.
After all, how grateful could we possibly be if we freely accept the gift of forgiveness salvation, that cost our God the life of His Son, and then sit back and waste the life He died to give us? Actually, it is as we exert our effort to pursue Him, and make His Name known, that we live a life “worthy of the calling you have received” (Ephesians 4:1).
So, today, as you depend upon Jesus for every single thing that you need, look for what God is doing around you and join Him. You have been created to follow Him in word and deed. Focus on that today.
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Lord Jesus, thank You so much for graciously and freely saving me. Thank You for paying my sin debt to the Father so that I can be freely forgiven and brought into Your family. Now, help me as I determine to make the most of the one life You have given to me. I want to live in such a way that when I stand before You on the day of judgment, I will hear you say, “Well done! Well done, good and faithful servant!” Amen.
“Friend, we are saved by grace and we live by grace. But, as we live by grace, we must also realize that we have been “created in Christ Jesus for good works” and that we should get busy doing those things.”
I applaud this clarity to differentiate the faith salvation by grace and the evidence of his faith walk of doing good works. I wish to share to further support this aspect by identifying the role of the spirit, soul and body.
The salvation offered by Jesus is spiritual at the point of accepting Christ when ones confesses as instructed in Rom10:9. The dead spirit is born again by the God the Holy Spirit (John3:6) and by the power of God the Father who raised Jesus from the dead (1Pet1:3).
The soul remains unsaved and needs the faith walk process (sanctification) as clarified in 1Pet1:9. The body persists in sinful flesh that decays (2Co4:16), die and the soul/spirit inherits the spiritual body (1Co15:44) preserved in heaven (1Pet1:5).
Because of the above and to that end, one’s spirit is saved by grace and the being saved soul lives by sincere faith (2Co5:7) and sincere love (Rom12:9, 1Pet1:22) to save the soul while awaiting for the resurrection of the body.
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Interesting. This sounds similar to a book I read many years ago by Watchman Née.
Would you remember the title of this book?
Soul salvation I was trying to draw attention to is the same as what Paul mentioned in 2Co4:16-18, about the inner man producing the eternal weight of glory. It is the suffering genuine faith of the soul producing this eternal weight of glory = 1Peter1:9 soul salvation.
inner man producing eternal weight of glory = soul salvation
I think it was “Release of the Spirit.”
Thank you, managed to locate a copy, 125pages is doable.
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