There was nothing we could do to earn this salvation. We are saved by the grace of Christ through faith alone, not because of any works (vv. 8-9). In fact, Paul says that even our faith is a gift from God, leaving no room for boasting of any sort. This doesn’t mean, however, that our good works are pointless. They are not the root of our salvation, but they are the necessary fruit of it. God has prepared good deeds for us, and wants us to demonstrate the reality of our faith in Christ by the way we conduct our lives (v.10).
Questions for further thought:
1. In what ways have I believed that my favor with God has something to do with my performance?
2. How can I put this attitude to death and instead concentrate on the One (Jesus Christ) that has given me grace and favor outside of what I have accomplished?
Challenge: Seek to put your trust and faith in the only One who can save; the Lord Jesus Christ. Take a few minutes to read Ephesians 2:1-10 and see what God has done for those in Christ!
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