Morning Musings: Ephesians 2:8-10

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.  For we are his workmanship; created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.  (ESV – Read the chapter)

For anyone who would argue that our salvation has in even the tiniest of ways to do with our good works, this verse puts the lie to their position.  Any individual, church, or even whole faith tradition that says otherwise is mistaken.  That’s a pretty strong way to put it, but there really isn’t any other way around what Paul says here.  Salvation comes by grace through faith and not by works.  Period.  We didn’t have anything to do with it being given to us beyond receiving the gift by faith. Read the rest…

Faith Family Trees

For the last few days I have been reading in Romans 9-11.  This morning I finished up the section.  Toward the end of chapter 11, Paul, who has spent nearly all of the previous couple of chapters talking about the Jewish people, shifts gears and focuses on his largely Gentile audience.  In vv. 17-24 he says this:  Read the rest…

Morning Musings: Romans 11:6

“But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis on works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace.”  (ESV)

Our insistence on salvation by grace alone must be absolute.  If we allow even a smidgen of works in the door the whole thing comes undone.  Grace flies out the window and doesn’t return until we drive out works completely.  When it comes to salvation, grace and works are mutually exclusive.  You can have one or the other, but not both.  Period.   Read the rest…