Just A Question

I thought I would share this verse with you today from Ephesians 2:8-9. It say’s “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.”

What if I told you that there are no good works without first accepting God’s good grace? Tell me what you think.

Serving Him,

Pastor Zac

4 Responses to “Just A Question”

  1. I Truly am SO thankful for God’s Grace and Mercy! Mercy is NOT getting what I deserve, where Grace is a non performance based Relationship… which is God’s unmerited or undeserved Favor! The Blum’s Love and Miss the Elliotts!!!

  2. I would tell you that you are correct, but I would also add that far to long the idea of Grace through Faith alone has been preached with very little to no emphasis on works for fear that someone might accuse the preacher of preaching a works based faith. Vs. 10, which is a continuation of the thought, states “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” All through the NT, we see, starting with the Gospels, this idea that Works is what proves our Faith. Therefore, even though Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God, Jesus says that those who do not yield fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore, there can be no “lazy” Christians. Either we produce fruit, or we do not. When Jesus spoke to the seven churches in Revelation, He did not address their faith, but their works. Interesting is it not?

  3. More to come on this topic in my next series “Louder Than Words.” Starting this Sunday!

  4. The works may be good in what they accomplish but not in their true intent. It’s the motive and the intent that are broken. That is what I believe the scripture below is talking about. True good works come from a place of selflessness and humility which is something that a man who rejects God cannot do. He cannot serve from humility while rejecting the one who created him. The natural heart of man is sinful and the good that man does outside of God is in some way rooted back to a self serving motive.

    Romans 3
    10No one is righteous—
    not even one.
    11No one is truly wise;
    no one is seeking God.
    12All have turned away;
    all have become useless.
    No one does good,
    not a single one.”

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