Faith: The Perfect Response To Grace
Passage: Ephesians 2:8-9
Sunday, June 10, 2018
Ephesians 2:8-9 is a great summary statement of how salvation works. Grace through faith. It is not the result of works, because if it was, we would boast. Before Paul gets to this summary statement, he has a lot to say about salvation.
Ephesians 1:3-2:7 presents the context of Paul's summary statements about salvation by grace through faith in Ephesians 2:8-9. The full sermon notes provided above will provide you with all of this background information, as will listening to the video or audio version above.
Scripture is filled with examples of faith being the perfect response to grace. One of those examples is Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead (John 11). We were dead, but God… We were slaves to Satan, but God… We followed our own passions, but God…. Because of God’s great love, He made us alive together with Christ. He does all the work. He raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in heavenly places. He has the access required! So that he might show His immeasurable grace towards us. It is all about His plan, His love, His grace.
And now we are back to Paul’s summary statement: 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. (Eph. 2:8-9) Grace is God showing up at Lazarus’ tomb. Faith is Lazarus believing Jesus and making his way out.
We have many examples of faith and only a short time, so I have to be selective. Hopefully, the ones chosen are of help to you. One example is from John 4, where Jesus speaks with a Samaritan woman at the well. In this event, grace is Jesus coming to a well and speaking to the Samaritan woman. Faith is the woman believing that Jesus was the Messiah and telling her friends.
Today, grace is God providing you with a speaker who is declaring that Jesus is the Christ, the son of the living God. Today, faith is believing that Jesus has paid the price for you. All you need to do is put your faith in him.
Next week, many of us will be the provision of grace to children and families that attend VBS. Present Jesus in the best way possible.
Demonstrate His love for people around you and speak of Jesus! Faith may be the result of our efforts! Be praying that we are conduits of God’s grace in all of our endeavors and that faith is the result.