What Does Ephesians 2:8 Mean?

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;

Ephesians 2:8(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

God has given humanity an amazing gift, and that gift is salvation - the salvation of the spirit, the salvation of the soul, and the salvation of the body, which was procured through the shedding of Christ’s blood in payment for the sins of the whole world - "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God."

Salvation is a gift of grace that is available to every man, and it comes from the God of all grace. Salvation is a free gift from God. Salvation is an unmerited gift and salvation is an eternal gift from the Lord of the universe to fallen man, and it flows from the exceeding riches of His amazing grace, which is found in Jesus Christ, His dearly beloved Son.

This gift of salvation streams to mankind from the Father-heart of a loving God – Who knew that the sinful race of fallen humanity faced a lost eternity without the great and costly gift of His only begotten Son. The sacrificial death of the eternal Son could alone pay the price for the sins of the world and redeem a lost creation.

But God is Spirit, and for the Son of God to shed His blood as the full and final payment for sin, He had to become the Son of Man and be born into the very race that is dead in trespasses and sin and at enmity with God. YES! God has given humanity an incredible gift, and that gift is salvation – but it only comes as a gift of grace - through faith in His only Begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, our Saviour.

Salvation was conceived before the world was founded. Salvation has nothing whatsoever to do with man’s worth and it has nothing to do with man’s worthiness. It does not rest on my merit or your good deeds and it has nothing to do with anything you or I have done or could do to please God.

However, our salvation has everything to do with what Christ has done for us, and is based on His worth and His worthiness. Salvation is rooted in His merit and His excellence. Our salvation depends entirely on Christ’s worthiness, and the work that He carried out on Calvary’s Cross, when He offered up His sinless life to pay the price for our sin, freeing us from the guilt of sin and the penalty of sin – and breaking the suffocating power of sin in our lives.

And all that humanity has to do to receive this eternal gift of salvation is to believe in the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of the Father. All we have to do is to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour… to have faith in Him… to believe on His name. God has given humanity the amazing gift of salvation which is given freely, to whosoever will trust in His redeeming work on Calvary – because God is gracious and God is good.

God’s gift of salvation is given by GRACE – for it is by grace that we are saved, through faith in Jesus Christ. Faith in Him and His finished work on the Cross is ALL that is needed, and whosoever will, may access this free gift of salvation by grace. For by grace ANYONE can be saved. For by grace we are saved… through faith, and that not of ourselves: it is the gift of God.

Salvation is not a work of the flesh, nor is it given because of human merit, lest any man should boast. Salvation is not gained by keeping any Law or engaging in any religious ritual. Salvation is the amazing gift of God’s grace, and does not have anything to do with us. All that is required of you and me is to believe"believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved."

Those of us who believe this by faith are justified, saved, redeemed, declared righteous, positioned in Christ, clothed in His righteousness, in-dwelt by the Holy Spirit, and have been given a whole host of other supernatural and eternal benefits, simply by believing on the finished work of Christ at Calvary, for He died for our sin according to the Scriptures, was buried and rose again according to the Scriptures. Do YOU believe this?

Let us come humbly before the throne of grace, knowing that we are not justified because of our works or worthiness or merit or religiosity or anything else - but because Christ is worthy. Praise His Name.

My Prayer

Thank You dear Father, for Your free gift of salvation. I am not worthy to receive such a gift, but I thank You in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, my Saviour in Whom I trust. It is in His name I pray, AMEN.

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