Ephesians 2:8 - Saved by GRACE through FAITH.

Ephesians 2:8 - Saved by GRACE through FAITH.

Ephesians 2:8 (KJV) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and 
that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  

Ephesians 2:8 (AMP) For it is by free grace (God's unmerited 
favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers 
of Christ's salvation) through [your] faith.  And this [salvation] 
is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your 
own striving], but it is the gift of God; 


A major passage for understanding God's grace, i.e., his 
kindness, unmerited favor and forgiving love. [NIV SB] 

*	Lost sinners are not simply sick people needing help; they are 
dead people needing life. The Son of God died that we might receive 
life through faith in Him (John 5:24). 
*	Lost sinners are in bondage to the world, the flesh, and the 
devil (vv. 1-3) and cannot free themselves. In Christ, you have true 
freedom (John 12:31-32; Gal. 1:4; 5:24). Now God is working in you and 
through you to accomplish His great purposes (v. 10). 
*	God did not give you life and leave you in the cemetery. He 
lifted you up to sit on the throne with His victorious Son! [Chapter by 
Chapter Bible Commentary by Warren Wiersbe] 

Paul's assessment of the human condition in Ephesians 2:1-3 is 
truly depressing. We were dead in our disobedience, we were following 
a course inspired by evil and opposed to God, and we were 
seemingly destined for wrath and destruction. Verse 4, however, presents 
one of the greatest transitions in all of human history, a 
destiny-changing "but" for which we will be eternally grateful. Purely out of his 
love and mercy, God gave us life - not just enough for us to survive, 
but enough for us to thrive. He even raised us up with Jesus to sit 
with him on his throne in heaven, and his plan is to show us 
incomparable favor and blessing. It's the ultimate rags-to-riches story. [NIV 
Once A Day Bible re Eph. 2:1-10]   


It is grace on God's part and faith on man's part. Faith accepts 
the gift of God. It is through the act of entrusting ourselves to 
Him that we are saved, not that faith is the means of our salvation, 
but simply the channel (Rom. 4:3). [SDA Bible Commentary] 

Grace: Favor or kindness shown without regard to the worth or 
merit of the one who receives it and in spite of what that same person 
deserves. Grace is one of the key attributes of God. The Lord God is 
"merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abounding in goodness and 
truth" (Ex 34:6). (Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary, 1986) 

   Everything in this life and the next hangs on grace. 
Christians live and die dependent on God's grace. Without God's grace, we 
would be "without God and without hope" (Ephesians 2:12). Salvation is 
God's gift and can never be earned (Romans 9:16; 11:6; Ephesians 
   The most important things in life are all gifts of God for 
those he has chosen and made his own by his grace - forgiveness, a 
right relationship with God, acceptance into God's family as his 
child, eternal life, spiritual understanding, the transforming power of 
his Holy Spirit, and the promise of God's blessing now and forever 
(Ephesians 1:3-14). There is nothing we can do to get these things for 
ourselves. That is why Paul begins and ends his letters with a prayer that 
God's people would have his grace and peace (for example, Ephesians 
1:2; 6:23-24).  
   In response, believers should live in recognition that we 
belong to God (Romans 14:7-9; 2 Corinthians 5:14-15). Joy and 
thanksgiving are the appropriate responses to God's grace. Believers joyfully 
praise God for his glorious grace because we know we owe everything to 
God and his Son (Ephesians 1:6, 12, 14). Our entire lives reflect 
our gratitude for his grace. [One Year NLT SB] 

Many people equate faith with wishful thinking, but it is much 
more concrete than that. Faith is believing what God has said, not 
merely hoping for something. It is rooted and grounded in God's 
purposes and promises. God told Noah to build an ark and save his family 
and the animals from the coming deluge. Noah had never seen an ark, 
but he believed God and was obedient to what God said. He took God 
at his word and acted accordingly. That's faith. [NIV Once A Day 
Bible re vs. Gen. 6:22]   


We look to self, as though we had power to save ourselves; but 
Jesus died for us because we are helpless to do this. In Him is our 
hope, our justification, our righteousness. We should not despond, and 
fear that we have no Saviour, or that He has no thoughts of mercy 
toward us. At this very time He is carrying on His work in our behalf, 
inviting us to come to Him in our helplessness and be saved. We dishonor 
Him by our unbelief. It is astonishing how we treat our very best 
Friend, how little confidence we repose in Him who is able to save to 
the uttermost, and who has given us every evidence of His great 
love.  1SM351 

   Faith is trusting God--believing that He loves us and knows 
best what is for our good. Thus, instead of our own, it leads us to 
choose His way. In place of our ignorance, it accepts His wisdom; in 
place of our weakness, His strength; in place of our sinfulness, His 
righteousness. Our lives, ourselves, are already His; faith acknowledges His 
ownership and accepts its blessing. Truth, uprightness, purity, have been 
pointed out as secrets of life's success. It is faith that puts us in 
possession of these principles.....  
   How to exercise faith should be made very plain. To every 
promise of God there are conditions. If we are willing to do His will, 
all His strength is ours. Whatever gift He promises, is in the 
promise itself. "The seed is the word of God." Luke 8:11. As surely as 
the oak is in the acorn, so surely is the gift of God in His 
promise. If we receive the promise, we have the gift.  
   Faith that enables us to receive God's gifts is itself a 
gift, of which some measure is imparted to every human being. It grows 
as exercised in appropriating the word of God. In order to 
strengthen faith, we must often bring it in contact with the word.  

Who would ever say they really didn't want the very best life 
could bring?  No matter what the environment we find ourselves in, we 
all want the best there is.  And this is where the best begins, with 
a personal relationship to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. It is 
a simple message. We are lost and must be saved, if ever we are to 
enjoy the best there is.  Best really isn't even a good word, for it 
connotes comparison.  And what comparison is there between life and 
death; between an intimate relationship with the Creator of the 
universe and a constant growing knowledge of Him, or a habitual process 
of pain, frustration and degradation?  None.  God's desire is for 
all to come to Him in salvation, and His grace provides the way 
through Jesus His Son. This salvation cannot be earned.  It is available 
through the love of God. Do you have this intimate, growing 
relationship?  Tell others.  If you don't have it, it is available now. [In 
His Time; Walk With Wisdom] 


   Once a mother took her little girl to a lesson with Edgar 
Degas, the French Impressionist painter and sculptor. While they were 
there, the mother reproved the little girl for making mistakes in her 
   "Why do mistakes in spelling matter?" the child protested. 
   "Why do they matter? Because they do, and it is very naughty 
in a little girl to make them, isn't it, Monsieur Degas?"  
   Peering sideways at the mother, he responded appropriately, 
"Very naughty." Then, when the mother had left them, Degas said to the 
child, "Which would you like best - to know how to spell or to have a 
box of candy?"  
   "Candy!" cried the little girl without hesitation. 
   "Well, so would I," replied Degas. "But if you were to have 
to ask for candy in writing, and if you could not spell the word 
candy, what do you think that would mean?"  
   "Well, I guess it might mean that I would get something other 
than candy." "I see," said Degas knowingly. "So do you now think that 
mistakes in spelling matter?"  
   "Oh, y-e-s!" said the little girl seriously. 
   And so it is with other things in our lives. They become more 
important to us when we understand why they matter. For instance, it is 
extremely important to understand God's grace, and yet many of us don't 
"get it." We understand it intellectually, perhaps, but not really 
with our hearts.  
   Then one day we come to understand that we are saved because, 
through his Son, God has given us his undeserved favor, and the 
importance of grace becomes primary in our lives.  
   So let me ask you, how do you spell grace? I spell it 
   Thank you, Father, for saving me from my sins through your 
wonderful grace and love. I would surely be eternally lost without them. 
Amen. [The One Year Devotional of Joy and Laughter by Mary 


   Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of 
heaven. So when you're acutely aware of your insufficiency - rejoice! 
This is what being poor in spirit is all about. The world applauds 
self-sufficiency, and bookstores abound with volumes designed to help you reach 
this goal. However, this is not the way of My kingdom. I want My 
children to recognize and rejoice in their utter dependence on Me.  
   You have been saved by grace, through faith. Both grace and 
faith are gifts! Your part is to be receptive and responsive to these 
glorious gifts. The best response is gratitude - a heart overflowing with 
thankfulness for all I have done. You are exceedingly blessed because the 
kingdom of heaven is yours. When the strain of living in this fallen 
world is getting you down, resist the temptation to feel sorry for 
yourself. Instead, say to yourself, "I am blessed and thankful - and on my 
way to Glory!" (Mat. 5:3; Eph. 2:8; 2Co. 9:15; Psa. 73:24) [Jesus 
Today by Sarah Young] 

   I want you to experience the riches of your salvation: the 
Joy of being loved constantly and perfectly. You make a practice of 
judging yourself, based on how you look or behave or feel. If you like 
what you see in the mirror, you feel a bit more worthy of My Love. 
When things are going smoothly and your performance seems adequate, 
you find it easier to believe you are My beloved child. When you 
feel discouraged, you tend to look inward so you can correct whatever 
is wrong.  
   Instead of trying to "fix" yourself, fix your gaze on Me, the 
Lover of your soul. Rather than using your energy to judge yourself, 
redirect it to praising Me. Remember that I see you clothed in My 
righteousness, radiant in My perfect Love. (Eph. 2:7, 8; Heb. 3:1; Psa. 34:5) 
[Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 

   I am pleased with you, My child. Allow yourself to become 
fully aware of My pleasure shining upon you. You don't have to perform 
well in order to receive My Love. In fact, a performance focus will 
pull you away from Me, toward some sort of Pharisaism. This can be a 
subtle form of idolatry: worshiping your own good works. It can also be 
a source of deep discouragement when your works don't measure up 
to your expectations.  
   Shift your focus from your performance to My radiant 
Presence. The Light of My Love shines on you continually, regardless of 
your feelings or behavior. Your responsibility is to be receptive to 
this unconditional Love. Thankfulness and trust are your primary 
receptors. Thank Me for everything; trust in Me at all times. These simple 
disciplines will keep you open to My loving Presence. (Eph. 2:8, 9; 3:16-19; 
Psa. 62:8) [Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 


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