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.
In today’s reading is one of the most powerful verses in the New Testament. This
passage speaks against works-righteousness. It condemns the teachings of the Catholic, Mormon, Jehovah Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventist, some of the Baptist and many others. It speaks against you earning your salvation, or at least earning the
right to receive the gift of salvation. It can’t get any clear than this: “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.” Our works are a by-product of our
faith and the precious gift of our salvation. Our salvation is not a result of our works or merits, but a gift from God. If you don’t get it, read it again.
I pray: O Lord, thank you for your precious gift that you gave me. I cannot take credit for your work. Amen.