Sunday, January 13, 2019

Week #3 of Scripture Memorization — Ephesians 2:8

Ephesians 2:8 
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that no of yourselves; 
it is the gift of God.

Many believe that there are different roads that lead to eternal life. Many contend we are all going to the same place, just simply getting there by different paths.

However, the Bible reminds us that “there is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12).

Salvation is entirely God’s work, in God’s way, and according to God’s will.

by grace you have been saved

Where does our salvation have its orgin?
Salvation began way back in the eternal councils of God in eternity past.

In Ephesians 1:4 the apostle Paul said that God “chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love.”

Salvation is God’s work.

Our salvation is “by grace” and not in response to any good works we may or may not have done.
It is provided for us wholly because of His grace,
His unmerited and undeserved favor.

The Father did not send the Lord Jesus to die for our sin
because we kept begging and pleading with Him to do so.
It was by His grace alone.

There is a difference between mercy and grace…. .

Mercy is ---- not getting what we do deserve;

Grace is ---- getting what we do not deserve.

Amazing Grace…..yes, indeed!

through faith….not of yourselves….the gift of God

What a gift! Think about that….. Faith…..the gift of God!

The very fact that I have faith at all is because God gave it to me!!

Let these words sink into your heart…. “through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God!”

In context, the following verse continues….
“not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Eph. 2:8-9).

Scripture says our salvation is by grace and through faith; that is, by trusting in God alone.

The Greek preposition preceding the word faith indicates that….
our faith
is the channel
through which
our salvation
flows from God
to us.

It is through faith.

In Israel archaeologist have uncovered an ancient aqueduct through which the Romans brought their fresh water from the Carmel Mountains in the north down to the port city of Caesarea. It stands today as a reminder, a word picture, of how our own faith is the aqueduct through which the living water of God’s saving grace flows to us.

Paul’s repetition of this truth that salvation is “not of yourselves” and “not of works” emphasizes the point.

No amount of human effort, good deeds, or giving of our resources can buy God’s favor.

What is so amazing is that God is freely offering this incredible gift,
and we still have to encourage and exhort people to receive it.

Salvation is God’s work (“by grace”) in God’s way (“through faith”).

Ephesians 2:8-9 cannot stand alone without the context of verse 10:
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works,
which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
This is a wonderful thought—“we are His workmanship.”
We actually get our English word poem from the Greek word translated “workmanship.” You are God’s special creation, His own work of art. He so fashioned and formed you that no one else has DNA like yours. You are unique to Him and indescribably valuable.
You are His workmanship….His own special work of art!

The believer is a new creation. He is “created in Christ Jesus.” Paul, in his letter to the Corinthians, addressed this very fact, saying, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Cor. 5:17).

Christians are not men and women who have been improved upon because they took on a new set of moral standards. They are new creations in Christ Jesus, His own special “poem.” Thus, the Christian life is not simply a changed life but an exchanged life.

And all this was “prepared beforehand” by God Himself “that we should walk” with Him.

Not only in this salvation “His work done in His way,”
but it is also according to His will.

As we memorize this valuable verse this week, we should lovingly meditate on the fact that God has made a way for any and all who will come to Him by faith alone in His finished work of redemption. 

And it is all because of His amazing grace!

Yes, salvation is God’s work, in God’s way, according to God’s will.