Read Ephesians 2:1-10
There are three important words in these verses that help us unde-rstand the basis for our accepta-nce before God “grace”, “saved” and “faith”.
1. Grace: unmerited favour, an underserved gift.
Can a gift be called a gift if you must work to earn it? We don’t deserve this relationship with God. We cannot earn it by any good works. It is a free gift from God which we accept when we receive Christ. According to Ephesians 2:4-8, describe what is accomplished by grace?
2. Saved: Rescued, spared from disaster
According to Romans 6:23, what has Christ rescued or spared us from?
Christ has saved us from the punishment of sin (Romans 6:23), we are being saved from the power of sin (Romans 6:13, Galatians 5:16) and will be saved from the presence of sin (1 Thess 4:17)
3. Faith: To believe in, trust in, rely upon.
According to John 1:12, what is our part in accepting God’s gift of salvation?
What about Works in a believer’s life.
Vs. 8-9 clearly teaches that it is not our goid works that have saved us. Vs.10 teaches that now that we’ve been saved, there are good works that have been prepared for us to do.
According to Philippians 2:12-13, how does God help us accomplish these good works?
Colossians 2:6 states this point well: “In the same way you recei-ved Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him.
“The gospel is not just the ‘A-B-C’ but the ‘A-Z’ of the Christian life. The gospel is not just the way to enter the kingdom, but it is the way to address every problem and the way to grow at every step. It tells us that we are more wicked than we ever dared believe, but more loved than we ever dared hope – at the same time.”
By Tim Keller.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith -and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.”