Previously, in the book of Galatians, we explored Apostle Paul’s teachings that salvation only comes through God’s grace. In his letter to the people at Ephesus, however, he gives even further insight into this matter which is still greatly debated today. This brings us to our key text coming out of Ephesians 2:4 — 9 (KJV). The Word of the Lord reads:
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, by grace ye are saved; 6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places, in Christ Jesus: 7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
When we were spiritually dead in our sins and destined for eternal damnation, God loved us so much that He saw fit to offer us spiritual life through salvation — the opportunity to spend eternity with Him in heaven. In this passage, Apostle Paul makes it explicitly clear that salvation of one’s soul is entirely dependent on the wealth of God’s mercy, love, grace, and kindness — not on man’s works, lest any man should boast. We do not have the marvelous gift of salvation because of how great we are but because of how awesomely loving and forgiving God is. Now, this does not mean that Christians should not do good things. It simply means that if a person does a million good works a day but does not accept God’s gift of salvation*, he still will not experience the joys of heaven. On the other hand, once a person has given their heart to Christ, good works should be a byproduct of that new spiritual relationship with our Lord and Savior.
Have a blessed day!
*So How does one achieve salvation by grace? Romans 10:9 –10 says, “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord’: and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.”
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