Ephesians 2:4-9 New International Version (NIV)
4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.
Good day People of GOD 🙂
In the Scripture above, Paul reinforces the fact that it is by the Grace of GOD that we are saved (he mentions it twice in verses 5 and 9).
When this Scripture was written, Paul was telling the Ephesians about GOD’s Love and Mercy which is the reason they were saved. Thus, their Salvation was a Gift from GOD, gotten through Mercy, not through works so that nobody can boast. Besides, the Ephesians used to follow the ways of the world and were dead in their sin – before GOD raised them up to life with CHRIST. Therefore, anyone of them who was saved, was saved by GOD’s Grace, through her own faith.
Two things come to mind when we apply this Scripture to ourselves in this generation. First, it is a privilege for us to be saved. It is GOD’s Gift of Grace. Therefore, after we have given our lives to CHRIST, we should be proud to carry our cross and follow HIM (Matthew 16: 24). If you count it a privilege to have been chosen by GOD to know, love, and serve HIM, it would not be hard for you to carry your Cross and follow HIM. Moreover, Christianity is not just a label; it is a way of life. Thus, if anyone is surprised when you or someone else tell them you are Christian, there is a big problem.
Secondly, GOD made a HUGE Sacrifice to see us saved. We were dead in our sin; imperfect; dirty; unattractive in our sin. Yet, GOD came down in the form of a Man, and lived with us for 33 years, before HE allowed HIMSELF to be Crucified on the Cross of Calvary for the remission and atonement of our sins (Romans 3: 25). As a side note, if you always think of the Sacrifice GOD made so that we can be saved today, you will be cognizant of the fact that sinning against HIM nails JESUS back to the Cross and subjects HIM to public disgrace all over again (Hebrews 6: 6). So, let’s show GOD we’re grateful for HIS Gift of Salvation!
Therefore, the message GOD has for us today is that:it is a privilege to be saved; a privilege to be Christian and we are only saved because of GOD’s Grace, and through our own faith. Essentially, Christianity is not just a set of beliefs; but, it is a way of life that leads to peace on earth, and joy in Heaven. For GOD so loved us (when we did not know HIM and we were sinners), that HE gave HIS Only Begotten Son – JESUS – so that when we believe in HIM, we shall have Eternal Life with GOD the Father in Heaven (John 3: 16). This is even more obvious in light of Ephesians 4: 1-6:
4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved (KJV).
In conclusion, GOD chose you. HE chose me. HE chose us before we were born. And we did not do anything to deserve HIS Mercy. Whenever I think about this, it warms my heart, and makes me realize how truly blessed in CHRIST that I am to be CHRISTIAN. And I don’t hesitate to let everyone know that yes, I am CHRISTIAN. I Glorify GOD for that Privilege. All Glory belongs to GOD for HIS Faithfulness!
May the LORD bless the study of HIS Awesome Word in JESUS’ Name!
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