In Christ, We Are God’s Workmanship (Eph.2:8-10)
We were not saved on our won merit. We did to deserve mercy, rather we deserved judgment. Salvation is entirely by grace, although we must appropriate that grace by obedience to the commands of God. But we must realize that we can never earn our salvation. We can never be saved by law keeping. this does not mean that we do not obey His commands. We can never put our trust in anything that man can accomplish on his own.
Verse 9 back ups that fact we cannot earn our salvation. To say we can earn it smacks of arrogance. Grace eliminates all such arrogance. There is only One who should be exalted in salvation, and that is God. Our only boasting must be in the Lord.
Paul says it well when he writes, “What do you have that you didn’t receive? If, in fact you did receive it?” (1 Cor. 4:7) And since we have received this salvation, “The one who boasts must boast in the Lord.” (1 Cor. 1:31).
We can never work our way to heaven but once we are Christians we ned to be the best workers He has. Works are not the root of our salvation, rather, they are the fruit of salvation. We must have a living faith, a functioning faith. Because we are God’s workmanship in Christ Jesus, people should see our good works. Jesus said, “In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see you good works and give glory to your Father in Heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)
So let us live out our faith daily and walk in the Lord. Once we were in darkness, being controlled by the world, the flesh, and the Devil. But God made us alive through an obedient faith in Christ, and now we are walking in Christ doing good works.
Larry Miles, May 1, 2015 in Mangum, OK