The Lord is so good to us. We are saved by His grace. It is not something we could do on our own.
8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—
God’s grace, “i.e. his kindness, unmerited favor and forgiving love”1 has saved us. This verse says we “have been saved”. God has saved us from His wrath we deserve because of our sinfulness. The perfect tense of the verb “communicates that the Christians’ salvation is fully secured.”2
Our salvation is only possibly because of God’s amazing grace. It is His grace through faith. “Faith is a confident trust and reliance upon Christ Jesus and is the only means by which one can obtain salvation.”2 Both grace and faith are gifts from God – not something we could have earned.
When you think about giving a gift to someone, do you get excited? I love shopping for the perfect gift for someone and can’t wait to give it to them. I love seeing the reaction when they receive their gift. It is the same with God. He has given us salvation as a gift and He anxiously awaits us to receive it. In receiving His salvation, we put our faith in Jesus Christ and His death on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins.
9 not by works, so that no one can boast.
Paul goes onto to reinforce the fact that our salvation is a gift from God – not something we could ever earn. There is nothing we could do that would make us deserving of salvation. We are not saved by what we do for God or who we are; we are saved by what He has done and who He is.
We are so blessed to be saved by Christ. There are a lot of people who think they can do enough “good” things to get into heaven but these verses make it very clear that there is nothing we can do to earn salvation, it is a gift from God and all we have to do is receive it by putting our faith in Christ and what He did for us on on the cross. Who do you know that needs salvation? We never know how much time any of us has so don’t waste a minute of it. Share the good news of God’s salvation with those in your life who do not know Him and thank God for His incomparable gift.
Scripture verses from http://www.biblegateway.com
1 – quote from “NIV Study Bible” notes, Zondervan
- 2 – quote form “ESV Study Bible” notes, Crossway