“For by Grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God” – Ephesians 2:8
LIGHT FOR NOW: Salvation is not your work, it is his work.
The doctrine of salvation has been taught by many with conditions on human performance. Salvation is the pure work of God; man had no contribution whatsoever to it. The only part man has in salvation is to receive what has been provided and believe in what grace has made available.
A man is not saved because of his good works; your good works are good but it is not equivalent to faith in Christ. Faith in Christ is the highest good before God. So, you are not saved by your good works, rather you are saved unto good works. The good works is not for salvation, the good works are after salvation (it is a proof of spiritual growth).
Apostle Paul in Ephesians 2:8; further in verse 9 and 10, it reads “Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath foreordained that we should work in them”.
We are his workmanship created unto good works. Good works did not get us saved; we were saved by faith in Christ. Good works will be produced naturally by us as we grow in the understanding of what salvation is because we are created unto good works.
Salvation is not a reward, salvation is a gift (it’s freely given) to be received, it is our works after we are saved that will be rewarded. So, good works is not for salvation, but for reward. You are not going to be rewarded for salvation because salvation is not your work but Jesus’ work. You are only going to be rewarded for what you did after you got saved.
Matthew’s synoptic gospel lays further credence to this, “Ye are the light of the world: A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:14). It is not your salvation that men will see and glorify your father, it is your good works (which is a product of spiritual growth after salvation) that they will see; you must know the difference between salvation and spiritual growth.
However, after a believer gets saved, it is still his understanding of salvation (who he is Christ, what he has in Christ and what Christ can do through him) that will influence his character or lifestyle. If the believer is not seeing his realities in Christ, his lifestyle will not change.
However, when he (the believer) sees himself enough in Christ, his lifestyle changes to what he is seeing or who he is seeing himself in Christ. Preach Jesus and let Jesus himself work on their character and not you trying to fix their character for them.
INSTRUCTION: Fix your eyes on Christ.
PRAYER: Thank you Lord for the life I have in you. Thank you Lord for your grace that equips me to walk in the realities of my personality as I look to you, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: When you are conscious of Christ, it influences your lifestyle.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 2; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 4