TRUTH: It is by Grace You have been Saved

Yesterday, there was an eclipse. As I watched the excitement of students at school and people on a new broadcast, I was amazed at people’s excitement about a natural phenomenon. I understand that it could be awe inspiring. Some how, God, the Creator of it all, continues to get lost in the translation. I did not hear anyone attribute it to God. One person stated that this was the first time that he felt connected to the universe. God desires to be connected to us all, but He came to that which as his own, but his own did not receive him. (John 1:11)

Jesus, the Son, the true light that cannot be overshadowed, came into the world not to condemn the world but that the world might be saved through Him. Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection is the biggest phenomenon for man. For in that, salvation is brought to man.

Ephesians 2

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been savedFor it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.

How does one obtain salvation? The Apostle Paul is clear in his writing to the Ephesians. He tells them and us the TRUTH: It is by Grace You have been Saved. What does that really mean though? By looking at the structure of the sentence, it says that salvation is obtained through grace. What is grace?

The Greek word for grace is “charis” (khä’-rēs).  It is used in a variety of ways in the Word of God. Theologically, it is representative of the merciful kindness by which God, exerting his holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of the Christian virtues. Grace, in simplest terms, has been defined as unmerited favor. This means that we did not deserve salvation. In fact, we deserve the opposite according to Romans 6:23 which says “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Remember, TRUTH: Alive when Dead, grace says that God made it possible by His divine choice to awaken our soul, our mind, our heart to His call for us to follow Him.

Our responsibility in the transaction is to believe, but even our faith is a gift from God. This is why Paul says “no one can boast.” The TRUTH: It is by Grace You have been Saved

Early on in my Christian life, I thought I chose God. I said a friend shared with me about Jesus, and I chose to surrender my life to Christ as Lord and Savior. I was wrong. John 15:16 says, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.” It was by God’s grace and the faith that He gave me to believe that Jesus is the Son of God  who died on the cross and was raised to be seated at the right hand of God the Father. Romans 10:9-10 says, “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” In His resurrection and ascension, Jesus demonstrates that He has the authority to forgive sins and to give eternal life just as He said. I believed the TRUTH: It is by Grace You have been Saved.

Have you truly believed? Have you surrendered the control of your life to Christ?

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