Salvation Is Not That Difficult To Grasp
Ephesians 2:8-10 are some amazing verses; and though small in text, they are great in spiritual content.
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (ESV)
- v.8 Teaches us that God’s merciful love was so great, that He sent us the gift of grace [Jesus]; and through faith [our belief] we are saved [born-again].
- v.9 Teaches us that we are incapable of attaining salvation or heaven on our own; on our best day we still fall short.
- v.10 Teaches us that true good works comes after salvation; thereby assuring us that grace alone through Jesus Christ is sufficient for eternal salvation.
1. God’s Plan – God loves you and does not want you to perish in hell. This is why God sent His Son.
(John 3:16-18; Isaiah 1:18-20; 2 Peter 3:9; 1 Timothy 2:3-6)
2. Our Problem – Since God is perfect and holy, our sin keeps us from His presence. We need help.
(Isaiah 59:1-2; Romans 3:23 & 6:23a; James 4:4)
3. God’s Solution – The love of God for us is so great, that He sent His Son to the cross; that Jesus Christ would die for our sin, so we could live.
(2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Cor. 15:3-4; Romans 6:23b; 1 Peter 2:24)
4. Our Response – The cross is a bridge that connects us to God; it brings us forgiveness and makes us clean.
(1 John 1:8-10; Acts 4:12; Romans 10:9-13; John 14:1-6)
5. Our Change – When we accept the person and work of Jesus Christ for our Lord and Savior by faith, we become born-again and bear the name of Christian.
(John 1:12; Romans 8:14-17; Galatians 4:4-7; Eph. 2:8-10)
- Repentance is a change of mind. It’s accepting that God is who He says He is; and that He will do what He says He will do; it’s not about being good or perfect before God can love us or save us (Hebrews 11:6; Romans 5:8).
- Conversion is that moment when faith collides with grace and Jesus Christ redeems us. Not only are we given a new spirit, but we are given a new purpose as well (2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Galatians 5:16-25).