BCL Grow: God's Gift — Ephesians 2:4-10

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Ephesians 2:4-10 (Justification)

Bible Passage

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. — Ephesians 2:4-10


“The Protestant insistence that believers are justified by faith alone was an obvious corollary of the Reformation’s insistence that justification is a free gift of God’s grace in Christ. If justification is a free gift, which is based upon a righteousness graciously granted and imputed to believers, it most emphatically is not by works.” — Cornelis P. Venema, Getting the Gospel Right, p. 16.

See also: Works in the Book of James—“Fruits and Evidences of a True and Lively Faith”

Steps to Take

1. Ponder: How can it be that God made you alive with Christ? What is the difference between thinking salvation is granted because of works versus being given as a gift by our gracious God?

2. Remember: Our works add nothing to our salvation although we work because God is working in us. Our reconciliation with God (justification) is God’s gift in Christ Jesus.

3. Rejoice: Even though all humankind has fallen into sin, God shows the immeasurable riches of his grace in Christ Jesus. Rejoice with thankfulness for our merciful and loving Savior.

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