For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
Ephesians 2: 8-9
What it says Ephesians 2:8-9 is very simple; but that it is inconceivable to some people. No need to be a rocket scientist to understand these two Bible verses, which are self-explanatory. Salvation does not come by our works but is a gift from God. We accept that gift by faith and who takes the glory is the Lord, not us.
We will try to extract the juice to this passage from the Letter to the Ephesians. Let meaning that our works are useless to save. God’s standard is the Ten Commandments, which are in Exodus 20:3-17 and Deuteronomy 5:7-12. If we analyze one by one the Commandments, we realize absolutely no human being is able to adjust to them fully.
Who fails a point on God’s law is violating completely. Therefore, there is no person blameless. The same Scripture says there is not a good one, we all sin and we are short of the glory of God. In this sense, our work does not help us to save us and if we rely only on what we do, we will be hopelessly lost.
The saving grace is the perfect plan devised by God to save from perdition the sinful humanity. Romans 6:23 clearly defines that plan: For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. The truth is that our works condemn us rather than save us. And as our assets are insufficient to pay our salvation, only a divine gift gives us.
Whoever receives a gift not have to pay for it; but that does not mean it is for free to whoever gives out. It is our birthday, anniversary, Christmas or any other important date, who gives us a gift he or she paid a price for it. And it’s not only what he or she paid at the store where he or she bought it. In addition he or she took a while to choose what he or she considered was best for us. He or she was careful to envelop it in an attractive way and came to us with much love to give it.
Likewise, the gift of salvation that God gives us it was not free for Him. The price of our salvation was extraordinarily high. God gave His Son in exchange for the opportunity for salvation of every human being. If you want to get an idea of how much the Son of God costs, look what John 1:1-3 says: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
The combined value of all that exists is less than the cost of our salvation. Today you hear or you read this message, God wants you closer to Him for you to receive the gift of salvation by grace. Put all your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, let him have your life to Him and stop trusting your useless works. God will be glorified and you will have eternal life. God bless you.