June 26, 2019 | Ephesians 2:8-9

Ryan James

"For by grace you have been save through faith. And this is not your own doing; it s a gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9, ESV)

Have you ever bought a house? Car? Xbox, TV or PlayStation? Didn’t it feel good when you saved up your hard earned wages to get that special item you always dreamed about? IT FELT GREAT! You know it felt great when you post on Facebook, “Look at my new ride!” Or “check out my new kicks!”. You get so excited you have to tell everyone. You boast in yourself for your hard work and that you have something to show for it. Now what if someone randomly gave you a new car, house, TV, or clothes? You can’t boast in yourself anymore but in that person who gave you this gift. We become grateful to them and tell others how nice this person was that gave you this free gift. I personally often find that I can boast in myself when I buy something because I earned it and treasure that more than a free gift someone gave me. We tend to take that free gift for granted. 

Ever since the fall of man, we have had to work for everything. Food, shelter, water and today we work for the same things. For the curse God gave man in Genesis 3:19 says, By the sweat of your brow, you shall eat bread. We are to work to death, literally work until you die, or until Christ returns for his Bride, however, we often forget the promise God made first, that he would provide the Savior. Because of our labor we judge the success of our work by what we work for or work to gain but there is one item you can work for all you want and never gain. Salvation. Salvation cannot be earned, only given by God, gifted to you not based off your merit but off the merit of Jesus Christ who lived THE sinless life and sealed HIS work on the cross with HIS blood so that the work HE completed was and is perfect never to be undone. Ever! Our verse this week, Ephesians 2:8-9 says ”For by grace you have been save through faith. And this is not your own doing; it s a gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast”.

Salvation is to humble everyone who has received this gift. You didn’t deserve it and never will, but by God’s grace he gave you His gift. We are to boast in God and not ourselves. When sharing the Gospel with others, we humble ourselves and boast in the things and changes God has done in our lives. This gift allows the Christian to share the gospel without any limits. We are to share the gospel with our friends, family and even our enemies. Why? Because God allowed the gospel to be shared to me and to you while we were enemies to God. Romans 5:10-11 states, “For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.” Let us, out of obedience and joy, boast in the truth of the Gospel to the world, not because we are worthy of the gospel but that God reconciled us, who are all unworthy, through His Son, Jesus.

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