For It Is By Grace You Have Been Saved
"For it is by grace you have been saved" Ephesians 2:8 We hear this said so often, but do we get what it means? Check out verses 1-10.
"And to you did He give life, when you were dead through your wrongdoing and sins, in which you were living in the past, after the ways of this present world, doing the pleasure of the lord of the power of the air, the spirit who is now working in those who go against the purpose of God; Among whom we all at one time were living in the pleasures of our flesh, giving way to the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and the punishment of God was waiting for us even as for the rest. But God, being full of mercy, through the great love which He had for us, Even when we were dead through our sins, gave us life together with Christ by grace you have salvation, So that we came back from death with Him, and are seated with Him in the heavens, in Christ Jesus; That in the time to come He might make clear the full wealth of His grace in His mercy to us in Christ Jesus: Because by grace you have salvation through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is given by God: Not by works, so that no man may take glory to himself. For by His act we were given existence in Christ Jesus to do those good works which God before made ready for us so that we might do them."
Whose faith is Paul talking about here? Not ours - he made that clear. It is the faith of Jesus Christ, the willingness to go to the cross, believing that His Father would raise Him from the dead. It is because of HIS faithfulness that we are saved. That is reality, not this mess of a world, not the torrid news, but Jesus Christ sent, not to condemn, but to the save the world. John 3:17
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