Ephesians Chapter 2:8-9
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
Have you ever come across this verse or perhaps someone has given this verse to you (e.g Eph 2:8-9)? Are you wondering what it means? Then read on.
Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, came to Earth to die on the cross, to save the world from it’s sins.
However, many people think that salvation is by faith plus good works, i.e, turning away from your sins.
However, this is NOT true. God, knowing human nature, made it easy for us to become saved. You see, salvation is by faith alone.
You should still turn from sin, because it is evil. As Ryan put it, “If a person continues to live in sin after they are saved, yes they are saved, but they will be under God’s discipline until they turn from it.”
This brings us back to the question “What does Ephesians Chapter 2:8-9 mean?”
Well, it means what you read.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.“
Has anyone ever given you a gift? Did you need to earn it? No, you probably didn’t. Did you need to keep it by doing good works? No.
If a boy was to say, “Dad, if I do the dishwasher, or walk the dog, or clear the table, can I stay as your son?” the father would say, “Son, you’re already my son, and you don’t have to do anything to stay as my son! A son is a son is a son, you can’t change that.”
We are all God children because we have been saved through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We cannot do anything to earn or lose our salvation- we are the sheep and Jesus is the Shepherd.
Have you become Born Again after reading this? If so, leave a comment. God bless!
P.s: remember, God loves you.