Journey Through The New Testament: Ephesians
‘By grace you have been saved through faith… for good works’ (2:8-10). Holiness does not come from ourselves. It comes from the Lord. Long before we ever thought of loving Him - He loved us. By the grace of God we are called to salvation - ‘saved through faith’ - , sanctification - ‘for good works’ - , and service - ‘according to the gift of God’s grace… by the working of His power’, we are enabled ‘to preach the unsearchable riches of Christ’ (2:8-10; 3:7-8). ‘To God be the glory’! (3:21). ‘Grow up in every way into Christ’ (4:15). Don’t settle for less than God’s very best: ‘Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God’ (4:30). God gives us His wake-up call: ‘Awake, O sleeper…’(5:14): ‘Be very careful how you live’ (5:16). Careful living emerges from true spirituality. It is not a matter of rules and regulations. It is a matter of love for Jesus. Take care - because you love Jesus!