Not your own doing

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. Ephesians 2:8-9

Sometimes I feel like a broken record when I write about this verse but it is something that needs repeating, we have no power to save ourselves. We have no power or ability to save ourselves. Salvation is a one way street. God freely gives us the gift of salvation; it is entirely up to Him. We can accept His gift or reject it but without God’s action we are doomed.

This verse is at the heart of orthodox Christianity. We are unable to work our way into heaven. Salvation is by God, a free gift from Him to us and we can neither add to nor take away from God’s work. Once Jesus finished His work on the cross noting was left to do. To say that we need to somehow do something to get or keep our salvation is saying that Jesus’ sacrifice was not enough. That something else needs to be done.

For me I am glad that my salvation is not up to me. I am sure that I would somehow manage to mess it up. Fortunately I don’t have to worry, Jesus did all the work and all I had to do was accept what He did for me. I constantly struggle with pride but one thing I am certain of is that if God cannot do I most certainly cannot do it.

Jesus paid it all, all the Him I owe, and no truer words were ever written.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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