Saved Through Faith in Christ
It Is Not Through Your Own Works
by J.M. Troppello
I love the heading for this passage of Scripture from Ephesians 2:1-10: By Grace Through Faith. Doesn’t that perfectly sum up the message of salvation? It is only through grace that you are saved by faith in Christ Jesus (Eph. 2:8-9). You are saved by your faith – not by your works – and it is a gift of God. That verse continues that if you could be saved by your works, you could boast about them. That’s not the case with salvation. It’s through faith, NOT works.
And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, 3 among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. (Eph. 2:1-10, NKJV)
In Eph. 2:2, you can read that before you were saved, you “walked according to the course of this world” – and that was according to the “prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience.” So, who is that? That’s the Devil.
If you’ve been reading my articles, you likely have figured out that I love to read related Bible verses and the notes from my Thomas Nelson Study Bible. That has helped me so much in digging deeper into the Word of God – and in then applying it to my life.
I love the note that discusses further the meaning of verse 2. It states, “Walking is a Biblical expression that pictures a believer’s steady, normal progress with God (see: Ps. 1:1). Paul here refers to a believer’s old walk. Whether it was a path of moral carelessness or the dark alley of evil, believers should no longer walk according to their past evil ways (Eph. 4:17). Believers are saved so that they can have a lifestyle characterized by good works (Eph. 2:10). They are to walk worthy of their calling (Eph. 4:1) which means to walk in love (5:2), in light (5:8), and in wisdom (5:18).”
That’s a lot to digest! However, three important takeaways resonate with me:
Walk in love
Walk in light
Walk in wisdom
Those are three important pathways that Christians should walk in each day. Walk in love, walk in light, and walk in wisdom. Yes, that is not easy when you’re reverting to your old, fleshly ways. Yet, as a new creation in Christ – and through the power of the Holy Spirit working in you – you can live victoriously each day.
What are your thoughts on this passage of Scripture from Ephesians?
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
About the Author
J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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