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Sun, Feb 10, 2019

Salvation As Divine Elevation From Spiritual Death To New Life In Christ

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Ephesians 2:8-10 is one of the great evangelistic summaries of the Bible. It answers for every human being two basic questions—namely, how to be saved and the result of being saved. One, these verses tell a man how to be saved. First, Man is saved by God’s grace (v. 8-9). Grace means the favor and kindness of God, but there is a uniqueness about God's favor and kindness. His favor and kindness are given despite the fact that it is undeserved and unmerited. God has given His grace to men despite their cursing Him; rejecting Him; and rebelling against Him. When Jesus Christ hung upon the cross, He was taking our sins upon Himself and bearing the punishment for our sins. Jesus Christ took our penalty and condemnation upon Himself. He died for us—in our place, in our stead, as our substitute. This is the grace of God—God's grace that gave the greatest gift possible to men—the gift of His Son to save the world.
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Ephesians 2:8-10 is one of the great evangelistic summaries of the Bible. It answers for every human being two basic questions—namely, how to be saved and the result of being saved.

One, these verses tell a man how to be saved. First, Man is saved by God’s grace (v. 8-9). Grace means the favor and kindness of God, but there is a uniqueness about God's favor and kindness. His favor and kindness are given despite the fact that it is undeserved and unmerited.

God has given His grace to men despite their cursing Him; rejecting Him; and rebelling against Him. When Jesus Christ hung upon the cross, He was taking our sins upon Himself and bearing the punishment for our sins. Jesus Christ took our penalty and condemnation upon Himself. He died for us—in our place, in our stead, as our substitute. This is the grace of God—God's grace that gave the greatest gift possible to men—the gift of His Son to save the world.

Second, Man is saved by grace through faith. To be saved through faith simply means that when we believe, really believe, that Jesus Christ died for us, God takes our faith and counts it as the death of Jesus Christ for us.That is, our faith causes God to look upon us as having been in Christ when He died. It is our faith that causes God to credit us with salvation.

Third, Man is not saved of himself. Man is not perfect; therefore, he can never live in God's presence—not in and of himself. If man is ever to be acceptable to God—if he is ever to be perfected and have his past wiped clean—it will not be by his own hands. He cannot save himself. Salvation is not of man (Galatians 6:3; Titus 3:5). Fourth, Man is saved as a gift of God, not of works. There are at least three reasons why salvation must be a free gift.

One,  Man cannot make God owe him. Two, Man cannot save himself (Ephes. 2:8-9). Three, to prevent men from ever boasting. If man was saved by some effort of his own, he would be due some credit, some boast, some honor. This God cannot allow. His very nature forbids it. As God, He is the Supreme glory of the universe, and as the Supreme Being, He is to receive the supreme glory—His being God—demands it. Two, this passage also reveals to man what he becomes by being saved (v. 10).

First, the saved man is God's workmanship (poiēma). He is God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus. When a man believes in Jesus Christ, God creates him in Christ. This means several things. One,  God quickens the spirit of the believer and makes his spirit alive. Whereas the believer's spirit was dead to God, God creates it anew and makes it alive to God (Ephes. 2:1, 5). Two, God causes the believer to be born again spiritually (John 3:3, 5-6). Three, God actually places His divine nature into the heart of the believer (2 Peter 1:4). Four, God actually makes a new creature of the believer (2 Cor. 5:17). Five, God actually creates a new man out of the believer (Ephes. 4:24; Col. 3:10). Six, God renews the believer by the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5). Second, the saved man is created to do good works.

Works are an evidence of salvation. Those who walk in trespasses and sins (Ephes. 2:1-2) show that they are not God's workmanship no matter what profession they make. God's people give ample evidence of the power of a new life which operates in them. God has ordained believers to walk in good works. Therefore, doing good works is not an option for the believer; it is the very nature of the believer.

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