Ephesians Chapter 2 Verse 8 & 9 – For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. (KJV)
Ephesians Chapter 2 opens with Paul acknowledging that the town of Ephesus (and all of us for that matter) is driven by the lusts of the flesh (Eph 2:3), serving the enemy. He refers to them/us as children of disobedience. You would think this leaves us in an eternity of damnation. After all, how can WE be righteous (blameless) in the eyes of the Lord? Does a minute of the day go by where we don’t sin or are not attracted by sin?
GOD LOVES US ANYWAY. He waits with open arms to show “the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus (v7).”
Why would our Lord accept our sinful nature? Why would He allow US to be part of His kingdom in heaven? Or perhaps I should ask what grants us entrance into His kingdom? If I am a sinner and have a sinful nature, can my deeds allow me to erase those sins? Absolutely NOT.
It could not be any clearer. Ephesians 2:8-9 spells it out: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Grace is our gift from our heavenly Father. We need to have faith in this gift and not in our own works. (See Romans 3:20 & 2Timothy 1:9)
Dear Lord, we thank You for Your grace and mercy. We thank You that despite our sinful nature, we are justified in You. We are not worthy of Your riches. Take us as we are, dear Lord, and cleanse us of all impurities. Forgive our arrogance when we believe that our works have any bearing on our passage into your kingdom. Wash away our sin with Your precious blood and draw us closer to you this day. Amen.
Romans 3:20 “Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.”
2 Timothy 1:9 “ Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.”
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