This Month's Promise

“As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock,.. so I will look after My sheep.. I will rescue them.”

- (Ezekiel 34:12)


Read: Ephesians 2: 1-10


SALVATION IS GOD’S GIFT


“In the coming ages He might show the incomparable riches of His grace, ...” (Ephesians 2:7)


Salvation is the gift of God. This salvation does not have its source in man, but rather, its source is God’s grace for it is “gift of God”. Ephesians 2:9 reinforces this by showing that the means of salvation is not by works since the basis is grace. Paul says this in Romans 3:20 - “Therefore no one will be declared righteous in His sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin,” and in II Timothy 1:9, “(God) has saved us and called us to a holy life - not because of anything we have done but because of His own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,” and in Titus 3:5, “He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.” So salvation is not attained from our works. The basis of salvation is grace. The means of this is only faith. Romans 3:22 says, “This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.” Galatians 2:16 also says, “... a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ.” Faith is not a work. It does not merit salvation; it is only the means by which one accepts God’s free salvation. Ephesians 2:10 says that we, believers, are God’s workmanship. The word ‘workmanship’ denotes a work of art or a masterpiece, as we have been created in Christ Jesus. The purpose of this creation is to do good works. God’s workmanship is not achieved by good works, but it is to result in good works. Through believers, who are His workmanship, God performs good works.


Therefore, dear friends, since no person can bring salvation to himself by his own efforts, no one can boast. In Romans 3:27 Paul says, “Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On that of observing the law? No, but on that of faith.” So it is clear that our boasting can only be in the Lord. As I Corinthians 1:31 says, “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.”




PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of salvation. It is because of grace I am saved through faith in Christ Jesus. It is not by my works. I am your workmanship and through me you perform good works. I submit myself to you, Lord Jesus, for you are my Savior. Amen.