SAVED BY GRACE
8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God 9not by works,so that no one can boast. 10For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
2: 8-10 We become Christians through God’s unmerited grace, not as the result of any effort, ability, intelligent choice, or act of service on our part. Out of gratitude for this free gift, however, our hearts should overflow with a desire to help and serve others with kindness, love, and gentleness. While no action or work we do can help us obtain salvation, God intends for our salvation to result in acts of service. We are not saved merely for our own benefit but to serve Christ and to build up the church (4: 12).
2: 8-9 When someone gives you a gift, do you say, “That’s very nice— now, how much do I owe you?” No, the appropriate response to a gift is “Thank you!” Yet how often Christians, even after they have been given the gift of salvation, feel obligated to try to work their way to God. Because our salvation and even our faith are gifts, we should respond with gratitude, praise, and joy.
2: 10 We are God’s handiwork (work of art, masterpiece). He alone masterminds our salvation. He works powerfully and creatively in us. He uses us as his canvas. If God considers us his masterpiece, we dare not treat ourselves or others with disrespect or as inferior work.Tyndale. NIV Life Application Study Bible,
How kool is that! God actually had our jobs already planned for us to do!! And gave us the unmerrited grace of his love and SALVATION for us thru JESUS Christ.
ON THE WAY HOME WALK WITH JESUS knowing GOD already has our jobs and our future planned for his plan and his will!!
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