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The Result of God’s Unconditional Love
Many people use Ephesians 2:8-9 as a Salvation scripture and these verses are proper to use. However, the first few verses in the chapter are also referring to born-again believers. The Apostle Paul is addressing the church to reemphasize that they were born-again (saved) by God’s grace (undeserved favor), through their faith that was instilled by God.
This is how important we are to God: He created us as His masterpieces for good works in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:10). Like an awesome piece of artwork, He so meticulously designed us for good works. In other words, God took the time to design us for His glory; we were fearfully (awesome) and wonderfully made by Him (Psalm 139:14). God awesome way of making us is incomprehensible; beyond human comprehension (understanding).
Paul goes on to say that is was not by their own works, but it was and still is a gift from God. Therefore, no one can be born-again by their works. That is why no one is able to brag, because they didn’t obtain Salvation by their own efforts. A gift is freely given to the recipient with no strings attached. How the gift is used is something altogether different.
Example: If someone gave you something very expensive, would you abuse it? Well, it’s the same with Salvation, the gift is very expensive, and it came at a high cost. Jesus gave up all His riches to give the best and most expensive gift of all gifts. Jesus gave up His riches and became poor so we would become rich; that is, inherit eternal life (2 Corinthians 8:9).
With that being said, God our Father expects us to do good works (serve well). We show our appreciation to Him by fulfilling our purpose. Let’s look at the word good and compare it with bad; it is the opposite. So, when God says good works (serve well), then we can also do bad works, which means we are doing what we want to do, rather than doing what God has called us to do (1 Corinthians 3:11-15).
Question: What kind of works are you doing? Do you know what your purpose (gift/s) is? It’s time to find out (Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12:6-10, Ephesians 4:11); you don’t want to waste any more time because the days are evil (Ephesians 5:16), and we are to be about our Father’s business, as Jesus was about Abba Father’s business (Luke 2:49). Abba means intimacy, which means that Jesus and the Father were inseparable (the Two were/are One), and so should we be with The Father (John 10:30, John 17:21-22).
If Every Day is a Good Day, Why Are There Evil Days?
Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG