“For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift— not from works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9 HCSB)
Here’s what God is telling us in this verse of Scripture:
- “For you are saved…” – This means that we are saved from God’s judgement and wrath because of our rebellion against Him. God created us to glorify Him with our lives by living in immediate, radical, costly obedience to Him, but we have chosen to rebel against Him, bringing upon ourselves God’s wrath (Romans 6:23).
- “by grace…” – Grace, in this case, is God’s unmerited favor upon us. This means that God, despite our rebellion against Him, loved us (His creation) so much, that He chose to sacrifice His One and Only Son, Jesus, as payment for our sin so that our rebellion against Him might be forgiven. Jesus willingly obeyed God and offered Himself up as a sacrifice to God for our atonement. God accepted Jesus’ sacrifice and raised Him from the dead in order to complete His redemptive work, and give us eternal life, saving us from His wrath (Romans 5:8).
- “through faith… – To be saved from God’s wrath, all we have to do is believe with all our hearts in what God has done for us through Jesus’ death and resurrection, and live the rest of or lives confessing it to the world, beginning where we are (John 3:16; Romans 10:10).
- “and this not of yourselves;…” – This means that we cannot save ourselves; that there is nothing we can do for God that He would accept as payment for our salvation because we are ruled by our sin nature (Rome 3:23). We are stained by our sin, but Jesus never sinned, therefore, His sacrifice was acceptable to God.
- “it is God’s gift…” – A gift is a some one gives without expecting payment for it, otherwise, it is no longer a gift. God’s plan for our salvation is paid for, in full, by Him, through what Jesus did on the cross for us. Nothing is required of us, except faith, and faith is not a “work”, just a heartfelt belief.
- “not from works…” – What Jesus did for us is completely sufficient for the salvation of our souls. There is nothing else that needs to be done by God, by Jesus, or by us, contrary to what other religions say. God said it, that settles it (Titus 3:5-7).
- “so that no one can boast.” – Because we are pulled by sin, God knows that we are filled with pride. Therefore, God took the responsibility of our salvation off of us, and put it squarely on Jesus’ shoulders, so that we could not ever take credit for something that only Jesus could do.
Here’s what Jesus said:
“For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Anyone who believes in him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God (John 3:16-18 HCSB).”
“The one who believes in the Son has eternal life, but the one who rejects the Son[a] will not see life; instead, the wrath of God remains on him (John 3:36).”
So, knowing what you now know, are you willing to risk God’s wrath upon you, and spending eternity in complete separation from our loving God in eternal torment? Would you consider putting the full measure of your faith in Christ, today? If you choose to do so and need help, let me know below, or by private message.