Good morning people who are saved because of the rich kindness of God the Father.
Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.
For it is by God’s grace that you and I have been saved from death to life!
Yes, God’s grace had to be combined with our faith, but it is grace, not faith, that saved us. Our faith simply unlocked God’s reality into our reality. Our faith enabled us to receive God’s grace that is readily available to all. Remember, faith is simply ‘believing God.’
Salvation is not something that can be earned or bought. Good works are insufficient to save anyone. The often-quoted statement by people, “I believe I’m a good person”, while possibly true by human standards, is not relevant to God’s salvation.
And this is good news! It takes the pressure off people to pretty themselves up in order for them to be able to approach God!
Almost every sphere of life is based on a works mentality. The measure from early kindergarten days right through to sports and employment is a works-based measure. How well you do determines how well you do!
But not in God!
Salvation is a gift from God. It is not from ourselves. Paul makes it clear that no one can boast and effectively say, “Well, I was good enough, so God had to accept me.” This is not how salvation works.
The worst of us needed God’s grace in order to be saved. The best of us needed the exact amount of God’s grace too!
For it is by grace that you have been saved – now that’s good news!