Ephesians 2:1–10 (ESV)
By Grace Through Faith
2 And you were
dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of
our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made
us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward
us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 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 one of the greatest passages in the Bible. I get excited just reading it. I hope you do too! I’m not sure if there is a
clearer passage than this on being saved by grace. This passage makes it very clear that you do not “earn” your salvation, or even contribute brownie points/or meet God half way. This passage removes YOU out of the formula. It
is God who saves you and gives you the gift of salvation. You contribute nothing. "8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast."
As a Lutheran, this is a crown jewel! But unfortunately... many Lutherans need to read verse 10. Verse 8 & 9 makes it very clear that works have nothing to do with salvation, but verse 10 says we are to do good works. “10 For
we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Works do not save us, but they are a by-product of our salvation.
pray: O Lord, I give thanks for your love for me. Your love is not based on my works or merit, but simply your love. No matter what I do, I know that I come up short. We all come up short. It is only by your grace that we are