Recently there’s been a lot of talk about God’s Grace. I’ve been finding it all somewhat confusing. I have battled to grasp the concept in isolation. This article helped me get some perspective of how “grace” relates to God’s bigger plan for us.
FOR by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Ephesians 2:8.
Now, being saved by grace is a wonderful thing isn’t it? It is a gift from God just as Ephesians 2:8 says. If we were to look up the word grace in the dictionary we would find many definitions. One definition that I especially like is, “the freely given, unmerited favor and love of God.” There are others also that I like, “mercy; clemency; pardon.” So we can see that grace is unmerited favor from God to man. We can not earn grace or mercy or pardon, it is a free gift. Praise God for that! That is why it says in the very next verse, that we would boast if we could work our way to heaven.
Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:9.
Now that we have looked at grace, lets look into this word, works. What is works? Will anyone ever be saved by works? Can we work our way to heaven by works? I do not for one minute believe that we will be saved by our works or can work our way to heaven. According to the Bible, we will be judged by our works. Look at this verse: Continue reading