Scripture Reading: Ephesians 2:8-10
“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)
We have come to the summary of all that Paul has been saying in chapter two of Ephesians. Early in his letter, Paul prayed this prayer for his readers: “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which He has called you, what are the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His great might” (Ephesians 1:17-19).
Our problem is that we often do not realize what God has done for us in Christ. We don’t really know of the exceeding greatness of God’s power that has been directed toward us. This is why there are so many discouraged and confused Christians! We don’t realize the extent of God’s grace that has been lavished upon us. This is the reason Paul tells of God’s amazing work of grace. We were dead in our trespasses and sins, but God made us alive with Christ — by grace we have been saved!
The fundamental truth of the Christian faith is that we are Christians entirely and solely as a result of the grace of God. Grace is God’s unmerited and undeserved favor. It is an action that arises entirely from the gracious character of God. Therefore salvation is something that comes to us entirely from God. And it is important to realize that God’s grace comes to us in spite of our unworthiness. There is positive demerit on the ones receiving it. Yet God, out of His love and grace, has granted salvation to sinful and undeserving people.
Faith is the instrument through which God’s grace comes to us. It is not the cause or the basis of our salvation. The work of Jesus Christ alone is the sole basis for it. Faith is the channel, the instrument through which our salvation comes. We must understand that our believing does not save — Christ alone can save. Believing is the channel through which salvation comes to us. Even faith itself is a gift from God. Therefore, we have no reason to boast of anything related to our salvation. It it all from God.
Lord God, thank You for Your amazing grace that saved a wretch like me! I know that I have nothing to boast of. My best efforts could never save me; but Your grace can and does.
NOTE: I returned from Taiwan last night after attending the Christ’s College Board meeting. Thank you for your prayers while I was away. We should be back on schedule with the devotions now.
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