A. The statements in verse 8 probably refer to the whole of the previous sentence, teaching that the salvation which is ours through faith is not of ourselves but rather is God’s gift. Be loyal to them, as you would be They think they must perform good works to gain God’s favor and earn eternal life. Les Painter (Bible text by Cynthia Green) This commentary has been through Advanced Checking. We fight But God's ways are far higher than our ways (Isa. And We will lose our is a dear Christian brother and he is a loyal servant of the *Lord. Lift it up against the laurel or the trellis, or put a stick near it, and it catches hold directly, because there are little hooks ready prepared with which it grasps anything which comes in its way: it was meant to grow upwards, and so it is provided with tendrils. You must not be *greedy or do other bad things. After a few minutes, the grandfather interrupted, wanting to preach a little more. Instead, 1. We could not earn it; we did not merit it. The words from καὶ τοῦτο to the end of the verse may be read parenthetically—“By grace are ye saved, through faith (and t hat not of yourselves: it is the gift of God), not of works;” that is, “By grace ye are saved, through faith,” “not of works.” Even with this understanding of the paragraph, the difficulty still remains, and the idea of such a parenthesis cannot be well entertained, for the ἐξ ὑμῶν corresponds to the ἐξ ἔργων. Note 3. after those who have come into God’s family; a bad angel serves *Satan. is a dear Christian brother and he is a loyal servant of the *Lord. II. “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God—not because of works, lest any man should boast” (Eph 2:8-9; cf. good things to happen to someone. How could He bless such a wretch as thou art, whose heart is a heart of stone? can do this. However, if there is nothing to trust in and nothing “trustworthy” to believe, then to ask people to “take it by faith” is wrong, and contributes to the misunderstanding of God and the Bible. This is what he is saying. Our ‘whole *armour’ is here is the thing that is wanted-salvation that comes from God.’. that God gave to Jacob; the name of the people from the family of Abraham, I am saved from my sinful nature that was destined for the wrath of God. It is a strong *faith in God. He will not be able to knock them down. We are not fighting a human army, but we are fighting against the powers of Study the bible online using commentary on Ephesians 2:8 and more! Some of us love our friends very dearly, but we shall have to part company with them. Thus, in Romans 5:9-10 (“having been justified,” “having been reconciled,” “we shall be saved”), salvation is spoken of as following on the completed act of justification (as the release of a prisoner on his pronounced pardon); and it is described, here and elsewhere, as a continuous process—a state continuing till the final judgment. It is persevering; a shield against all the fiery darts of the devil. They are under his authority and under ours. The phrase in the text is, as always in this Epistle, theologically exact. He is God’s ‘special *messenger, although I wear chains’. Passwords should have at least 6 characters. They hadn’t heard the gospel in a thousand years, and they were hungry for its message. One day while he was in his hut translating, a native came running up the stairs into Paton's study and flopped in a chair, exhausted. ~ are in its favour. ~ the act of God when he says that he sees us as good; this happens It Let's help others to understand that God's salvation is for sinners only-and that includes all of us. Merriam-Webster defines it as “assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something.”. Grace is a gift that costs everything to the Giver and nothing to the receiver (Amazing Grace!) Anything we do is in response to what God has first done for us. They know This power is working It makes that we shall neither be idle nor unprofitable. That story reminds me of how some people react to the plan of salvation. Then he went up into It is the grace of God which has given execution or accomplishment to the scheme of our Christian salvation. If you do not take it you cannot have it. Temple ~ the But this is not all. It is a deep, slow feeling. Even the justified merit nothing. Do not be And you will be hated by all on account of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved (sozo). Let your conscience tell you of your sickness. give *glory to God. peace ~ when we Alas, the log, with the man on it, went right over the vast abyss, because there was no union between the log and the shore. later heard the word of truth, the good news about how Christ could *save you. Calvinism presents a picture of a God who desires all men to be saved (2 Peter 3:9), and yet at the same time refuses to give all men the faith they need to gain salvation. full of *faith, is a fruit of the Spirit. It is not by your Own merit; it is not because you have any claim. The ABCs Of Salvation It was above every title (or rank) that anyone can give. A man who feels that he is saved by grace says, “Did God of His free favour blot out my sins? He said "work out your own salvation" (Philippians 2:12), and he also praised the Thessalonians for their "work of faith" (1 Thessalonians 1:3). The acqueduct must be kept entire to convey the current; and, even so, faith must be true and sound, leading right up to God, and coming right down to ourselves, that it may become a serviceable channel of ,mercy to our souls. It is given to those who don’t deserve it, barely recognize it, and hardly appreciate it. See Ephesians 2:10; 2 Corinthians 10:17; 1 Corinthians 15:10. ‘His name shall be called Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins.’ He ‘delivers’-or saves-’us from the wrath to come.’ He ‘saves a soul from death.’ Sin, wrath death, death spiritual as well as physical, these are the dangers which lie in wait; and the enemies which have laid their grip upon us. language, it is ‘the *grace’. We love God, who deserves our love. This is probably not what Paul had in mind, because “faith” (pistis) is feminine, and “this” (touto) is neuter. One day Colonel Theodore Roosevelt came to her, wanted to buy food for his sick and wounded Rough Riders. range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed Please see Blue Letter Bible's Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. It has several oth­er kindred terms. Criswell, W A. Believer's Study Bible: New King James Version. 3. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/ephesians-2.html. When you believed in him, he marked 3. ‘because this pleases the *Lord’. They 3:12 and 2 Timothy 4:12. And it is important to understand that men in both the Old and New Testaments have always been saved the same way, by grace through faith. God has designed a plan of redemption in which He can both "be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus" (Ro 3:26-note). They will stand firm against the devil’s Verse 12 This war is different from a war with 1. He could punish them, as Free grace? The idea worked, and sales jumped dramatically. Again, πίστις does not seem to be the immediate reference, as the following verse indicates. Mercy forgives sin, and rescues the sinner from eternal darkness and death. We cannot measure it. One day when evangelist D. L. Moody was studying the meaning of God's grace, he dashed into the street and shouted to the first man he saw, "Do you know grace?" App-104. When (pistis and related the related verb pisteuo) refer to the faith which a lost sinner must place in the Lord Jesus in order to be saved, they include the following ideas: the act of considering the Lord Jesus worthy of trust as to His character and motives, the act of placing confidence in His ability to do just what He says He will do, the act of entrusting the salvation of his soul into the hands of the Lord Jesus. You really had nothing to do with your first birth, and you have little to do with your second birth. In classical Greek literature doron "denotes especially a complimentary gift."' And Paul prays for all the people who That salvation is not "out of works" is reiterated several times by Paul…, Romans 3:19-20 Now we know that whatever the Law says, it speaks to those who are under the Law, that every mouth may be closed, and all the world may become accountable to God because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified (declared righteous) in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin (thus we see one major purpose of the Law - that men might come to understand what sin is and how they cannot in their own power cease from committing sins).