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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.
Every follower of Christ should have an understanding of the word grace on the tip of their tongue. Grace is the atmosphere in which our relationship with God lives. The followers of Jesus Christ have been singing about and reveling in the truth of God’s grace for two thousand years. This is one of the crown jewels of Christianity.
Do you know what grace is? Can you say you have experienced God’s grace? The apostle Paul was so excited about telling the Ephesians about grace that he snuck a hint in verse 5—by grace you have been saved—before he arrived at his great declaration: 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.
While all believers have a God-given measure of faith (Romans 12:3), what saves us is the work God’s grace accomplished in Jesus Christ. No matter how big or small our faith, it could not be effective if God wasn’t graciously willing to save us. We are saved by grace—through our faith in Christ.
The last two phrases drive home the point: not a result of works, so that no one may boast. If it’s all God’s work by God’s grace, there’s no room to claim we contributed anything to our salvation. Grace saving us through faith means we stop working to try to save ourselves!
Grace is unmerited favor. It is in no way a result of your performance, your attitude, your victories, or your defeats. Why is the fact that it is undeserved important? If you had to earn it, you could lose it—or more likely, you would never get it in the first place. If somehow you received salvation because of what you did, it wouldn’t be grace. It would be wages or reward.
One of the ways we show the world how God’s grace is amazing is by living out that grace. We fall. We get up. We fall. We get up. Why do we get up again? Because His grace allows us to endure. His grace makes His strength available. His grace will be sufficient no matter what we meet each day.
Whether you have been living in victory or defeat, if you are in Christ, God has graciously set His love upon you. And that is truly amazing.
Father, Your grace is amazing to me because the more I understand what You have done for me, apart from anything I could have ever done, the more I am convinced of my own helplessness. Thank You that though I was lost, You came and found me. I was sold into sin, but You bought me back. I was a determined rebel, but You won me over. This was all You. I’m looking forward to an eternity of appreciating just how amazing Your grace has been toward me. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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