For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God
Hi friends, I’m excited to be memorizing Ephesians 2:8 with you this week because it is jam packed with the truth of the gospel. It also does a great job of picking up where we left off in John 3:16 by reminding us that salvation cannot be obtained though good works. It is a gift of God given freely to those who place their faith in Him.
Why is this gift so important? Why do we need salvation?
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
No matter where we turn, we see God’s glory. We see his goodness. He is holy and perfect in His love. Humans, on the other hand, are bent towards selfishness and pride. We are constantly putting ourselves on the throne rather than submitting our lives to our Creator. It is in our nature to be sinful. No matter how many rules, laws, or disciplines we implement, we mess up. We fall short of God’s holiness.
What are we being saved from?
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Our sin results in both physical death and spiritual death, an eternal separation from God. The pain, disorder, chaos, disease, and fear that we experience here on earth are direct consequences of sin. The world says that we just need to work harder, be better people, create better laws and harsher penalties. Every other world religion follows this same model, attributing salvation with good works and religious disciplines. But this only brings the mirror closer to the darkness lurking inside us.
Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.
Only through Christ are we given freedom from the bondage of sin. The penalty was paid, our sins have been forgiven, and death was conquered so that we may enjoy eternal life with God in heaven. Rather than trying to chase away our darkness, we can rest in this wonderful gift, which brings light into the darkness.
How do I know I am saved?
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
We long for the day when Christ returns, the earth is restored, and we are no longer bound by our sinful nature. Even as believers in Christ, we still continue to sin. We still experience pain, suffering, and death. We still feel the separation of God.
As such, we live by faith; knowing that our debt has been paid and that we are heirs to His kingdom. We look forward to the day when Christ returns, restoring the world with freedom from sin. This anticipation brings us joy through our trials and gives us strength to live our lives in service to Christ, who bore our sins on the cross.
1 Peter 1:3-6
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.
I cannot help but express this joy by sharing the gospel message! Because He has been raised, WE will be raised.
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.” (Jesus)
Join me in celebrating this amazing truth: there is nothing you can do to earn God’s favor. Through his love and grace alone, He has provided redemption.
We live in a world that has rejected this gift. May you be a light to those around you as you share this gospel message to those that desperately need hope.
In Christ’s Strength Alone,