Ephesians 2:8 ——– For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,
The way to receive God’s goodness is determined by the amount we are willing to make God’s desires and dreams our own. This involves pain and discomfort but we have to use the resources God has given us, to be a servant to our fellow beings.
We are saved by grace through faith in the redeeming sacrifice of Jesus Christ. So when we unintentionally sin, we must repent and confess our sin and believe by faith that we are forgiven. It is only after doing these things that we can receive the grace of God, which is a free gift so that no man can boast.
When we are invited to a buffet lunch or dinner, we walk over to the table laden with food and serve ourselves from the serving dishes onto our plate. We may take a little more of this or avoid taking a dish that does not appeal to our taste buds. As a comparison, we may compare the food being laid out as Grace and our action of serving ourselves the food as faith.
The blessing that Jesus has earned through His obedience on the cross is Grace, and God has laid it out as our inheritance. We must respond to it and believe those promises to see their manifestation in our lives. We may attend services in church daily but if we do not execute that Grace by Faith we will not see the manifestation of those promises in our life.
We have not seen Jesus with our own eyes yet we choose to believe that Jesus took our place on the cross. Since He did not commit sin, He was raised from the dead, and thus we receive new life through Jesus. If we believe this, without any physical evidence, just based on the Word of God alone, we will experience the manifestation of the Holy Spirit and see God’s powerful works in our lives. If we choose to believe in the physical/natural world, we will have natural experiences but if we believe in the spiritual world, we will experience super natural happenings in our live.
Ephesians 2:9-10 —— not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
The above scripture makes it abundantly clear that, though works do not save a person, they are nonetheless required by God. While being called to God and led to Faith in Jesus Christ and repentance toward God, we perform some measure of work to reach that state. We study God’s Word diligently and meditate to grasp and remember the scriptures. We might begin to go to church regularly or perhaps refrain from using foul language. We might start tithing as well. We might also set in motion making many other changes in our marriages or our attitude when we are at our workplace.
Even though we may work to make many changes as a direct result of our new relationship to God, none of it will justify us before God. No change of conduct or attitude can erase the stain of our conduct before His calling. We cannot “make up” for what we have done in the past.
We may do a multitude of works before we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, but nothing can erase our past record before God – “except the blood of Jesus Christ”.
All the good works that we do are necessary, to give evidence of our belief and repentance. Yet, what carries the day and provides forgiveness and entrance into God’s presence is His Grace in allowing Christ’s sacrifice to save us!
“I taught I had to be good to walk with God. And God said, “My Grace is what you need to walk with me, than you will be good.”