The Word in Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us, “For it is by grace [God’s remarkable compassion and favor drawing you to Christ] that you have been saved [actually delivered from judgment and given eternal life] through faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [not through your own effort], but it is the [undeserved, gracious] gift of God…” (Amplified Bible).
Here is another version, “For it is by God’s grace that you have been saved through faith. It is not the result of your own efforts, but God’s gift, so that no one can boast about it,” (Good News Translation).
Consider the following:
- There is a Supreme Creator that is Lord over all,
- He gave us free choice to do what we choose,
- There is a devil that goes about seeking those whom he may destroy by enticing them to do what is evil and perverting all good things (1 Peter 5:8),
- Because of free choice, there are bad things in the world (the curse of sin),
- But, the Supreme Creator sent His only Son to redeem us from the curse of sin if we choose His grace – the life that He intends for us,
- In the end, we will all be judged for the choices we make – we will have to give an account for our actions,
- There is life after death – those redeemed by grace who choose the life He intends go to Heaven, and those who go about their lives living for themselves and living under the curse of sin will go to Hades (John 3:18),
- Enter Ephesians 2:8-9 – we are saved by G-d’s grace through faith in Him.
Now, ponder upon the words in the scripture again. Remember in one of the previous posts we spoke of Ephesians 2:10 that says, “God has made us what we are, and in our union with Christ Jesus he has created us for a life of good deeds, which he has already prepared for us to do,” (Good News Translation).
All of this to say, when we choose G-d, we choose His grace, we choose the good works that He has predestined for us when we make a confession of faith to follow Yeshua (Romans 10:9) and we are redeemed from the curse of sin.
Remember the focus is on G-R-A-C-E, meaning “the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings,” (source). This means that G-d wipes the slate clean, gives us a fresh start; He makes us anew (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Song: Amazing Grace