Scripture Reading: Ephesians 2:8-10, ESV
GRACE: more than sin relief.
Truth Point: GRACE is about God’s GOOD FAVOR, given WITHOUT MERIT of the recipient.
GRACE, in all of its forms, cannot be earned!
GRACE is the means by which the believer is enabled to do anything of value for the glory of God and Kingdom benefit of others.
God’s Good Favor is what enables me to:
Give of myself for the good of others.
Speak truth instead of lies.
Be faithful to my spouse for a lifetime.
Give generously of my time, talent and treasure to God’s kingdom purposes.
Endure under hardship.
Have joy despite trials.
Love others as I love myself… as Christ has loved me.
Think of GRACE as God’s resource for every need you have.
FAITH: the point of access for Grace.
If God’s GRACE is the resource for my salvation, then how is grace accessed? FAITH
Truth Point: Belief plus Trust = FAITH
Where does this FAITH come from?
The most common belief is that it comes from deep inside your soul. Something that originates with us
Paul makes the point abundantly clear… For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not of your own doing; it is the gift of God…
Question: What is not of your own doing? GRACE?
Of course not! GRACE is God’s Good Favor. I don’t have to be told that God’s Good Favor is not of my doing. But I do need to understand that FAITH, which is the access point of God’s Good Favor, is not of me, but instead is… the gift of God, not of works, so that no one may boast.
If I could generate the FAITH it takes to receive God’s Grace, then I could boast about my great FAITH. But when I understand that the FAITH required to access God’s Grace is His GIFT to me, then I have nothing to boast about other than God’s great mercy and love.
WORKS: not for grace, but because of grace.
Paul makes it abundantly clear that saving grace is not a result of human works, but “good works” are part of saving grace. VS10
Workmanship = poiēma.It ia where we get the word “poem.” It means …that which has been made.
Truth Point: It is not I who reforms and makes myself a masterpiece of righteousness. It is God, In Christ, by His Word & Spirit who is transforming me into the fullness of a new creation.
The call of The Gospel is to faithfully respond to God’s work within and upon us, not pull ourselves up by our own bootstraps.
What is the purpose of our re-creation in Christ Jesus?
So that the sinner, become saint, can live out the Good Works that The Father laid out for them before time began.
There is a direct link between chapter 2:10 and chapter 1:4. Both reinforce that The Father knew us, chose us, and had a plan for us. A plan He is carrying out now.
Before the foundation of the world God, determined to redeem and to call us to a purpose that would bring Him glory by helping others see His majesty, mercy and love.
I am saved by God’s Good Favor, not by any work I do, and through His transforming work, I am made fit for His service.
Matthew 5:16 …let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Amazing Grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see.