“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9 NASB
The grace of God is so good it seems untrue. I mean, to think God saves us simply because of who he is and not because we deserved it or earned it in anyway. That is utterly amazing, don’t you think? That is how good God is. He loves us so much and wants good for us so much he made the first move to rescue us from sin, death and hell. The truth is he has made more than the first move he has done it all. All we have to do is receive it.
Grace means our peace, joy, salvation, and our very life is a gift given to us from the hand of a God who is indescribable. He is a giver by nature. He loves because that’s who he is “God is love.” Love by nature gives freely, even to those that we think didn’t earn it or are unworthy of it. If there is absolutely no way to earn this grace then there is also absolutely no way to keep it either. He is the giver of grace and the one and only that keeps us in his grace.
I want you to notice the part of the verse that says, “It is the gift of God.” First I want you to see what it doesn’t say. It doesn’t say it is the gift FROM God but gift OF God. Whoa, God himself is the gift! This isn’t something God hands to us as a separate object. It is He giving of himself to us. Now that is entirely something different than him handing us something that we might misplace or break– it is his very self that is the gift.
When a couple gets married there is usually a part of the ceremony where they exchange vows. They say something like, “I promise to stay with you for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health till death do us part.” Notice this is a promise not at all based on any requirements of the one this is being said to, rather it falls completely on the one making the promise. This is the type of promise God makes to us. He says, “I love you and it isn’t because you are lovely but because I am Love.” I am going to love you no matter what you do, say or think. I am going to be ever-present in your life no matter what. I love you even if you don’t love me!
The grace of God is astounding. As long as we understand it has nothing to do with us or others deserving it; we will start to see how good God really is. He, by way of the cross, has chosen to be a God for others. He always is about the other person. This, in time, becomes truer of us also the more we see how God really is. The more we come to realize we don’t deserve God’s favor the quicker we will share it with others. Most of us start with the idea that some deserve favor and others don’t, but once we truly see how God loves all of us the same it becomes easier to allow his grace to flow out of us to others.
Let me finish by sharing Colossians 2:6 NASB “Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him.” It really is that simple. We have received Christ by grace through faith and that is how we walk. Sometimes people take a while to understand this. It seems most realize we can’t earn our salvation, but we tend to think after we are saved we have to maintain it. Grace is not only the way we are saved it is also the way we are kept. All of it is the gift OF God.
Written by Louie