||Key Scriptural Truths
Eph 2: 8-9 “For it is by grace that you have been saved, through faith – and this not by yourself, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no man can boast.” Salvation comes to sinners ‘through faith’. That is simply trust God that what He has said is true, and that He can do for us what we cannot do for ourselves.
- Salvation is God’s gift to us by GRACE, as an outworking of who God is and not who or what we are. Grace describes something God did for us that we could never do for ourselves, could never merit, earn or pay back. We were utterly dead in our sins, yet by His grace God made us alive. Paul eliminated any possibility of thinking that our faith is a form of merit before God.
- Therefore it is important that we understand our salvation as totally and entirely God’s work rather than our own.
Eph 2:10 “ For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
- God reminds us that all good works have its source in Him.
- He created us in Christ so that we might bring forth good works, which He had prepared long ago “ that we should walk in them”.
- God had made a tremendous difference in our lives. Along with changing our stand before him, He changed our hearts as well. And our changed hearts should change our behaviour.
- Therefore salvation of God leads to good works but not to unrestrained sins.
Eph 1:4 “For He chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.”
- This is true because God is Omniscient. Long before God first formed Adam from the dust of the earth and breathed into his nostril the breath of life, He knew Adam would sin and consign the human race to spiritual death. God also knew, however, that He would restore believing sinners to Himself at the cost of the blood of His Son. So He chose us ‘ in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love’.
Eph 1:11 “In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will”
- God’s plan from start to finish – including restored Israel – is revealed to all in the kingdom. All will marvel at God’s perfect wisdom in using a nation He raised up from one man, Abraham, to bring salvation to sinners. We know that God’s righteousness and justice will be revealed to all.