Grace vs. Works

Ephesians 2:8-10

Our salvation actually has two parts. In Ephesians, part one is verses 8 and 9. Part 2 is verse 10. This leads us to a basic definition of grace and works. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” Ephesians 2:8-10. (NIV). As sinners, grace is what Christ gives us even thou we do not deserve it. His grace saves us through our faith but it is an undeserved gift. Only God can give us this free gift of salvation. This is His acceptance and not by our works. Grace gives us a spot in heaven. Referencing verse 10, God wants us to do good works. We gain eternal life through His grace and not our works. If we have accepted His gift of grace, our lives should reflect us doing good works with Him and for Him. God has prepared works for us to do once we have our salvation and have committed our lives to Him. Grace by faith turns to living our lives by faith in Him. Through our faith, we trust Him, acknowledge our dependance on Him and live in obedience to Him. This is accomplished through prayer, reading His word and sharing His salvation with others. This shows in our lives as evidence we have sought His forgiveness, believe in Him and what He accomplished through His death and resurrection.

Have you given your life to Christ?

Does your life reflect you are committed to Christ?

Published by groundedandgrowingweekly

About the Author Dale Hansen is retired and enjoys inspiring others through his books. He enjoys leading small Bible study groups which he has done for over 35 years. During his marriage of over 40 years, there have been numerous God workings through their lives. These include infertility, adoption, cancer, kidney stones and Parkinson’s. He has two awesome married daughters, 2 great sons-in-law and four wonderful grandsons. He lives in Plainfield, IL

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