NOT of Works – So No Man Can Boast

Everyday Theology

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

In the earlier parts of chapter 2, Paul was conveying to the Ephesian church the condition of their hearts and souls before they were radically regenerated. He used the metaphor “dead in trespasses and sins.” Paul is explaining to the church at Ephesus that they were spiritually dead before they were saved. And this spiritual deadness was not a product of anything they had done; it was their nature that made them spiritually dead.

The only thing spiritually dead people need is life and life comes from a God of unending mercy and unmerited favor.

This passage of Scripture gives us great insight into what it means to be a child of God – God’s grace offers…

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