This is what God gave me today in his word:
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. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
For by grace you have been saved. So now we have, “by God”, “by Jesus” and now, “by grace”. It seems we’re compiling a mini-database. — Why is it Paul decided to point out that ‘no one can boast’? Does he find it important? It seems to me to be just another fact.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10)
“Ah, well what can I say? I’m amazing, it’s true! I’ve managed not to figure out gravity, such as Sir Newton has. But rather, to never once commit a sin! I have been good to the poor and have even kept all the commandments, to the last jot and diddle! One may even claim I’ve built myself a later to Heaven by my sinless perfection.” — Sir Non E. Xistent the 1,531 of the First League of Perfect Arch-Angelic Persons.
What’s your opinion? Do you think God wants us to end up like Sir Non E. Xistent? Thinking we’ve obeyed all the law, yet in reality failing in every aspect of it (such as, um, pride). Guess what! The answers no. In fact, God took specific measures to prevent anyone from being able to boast. Yet still, certain Arch-Angelic persons insist upon believing we must work for our salvation… Something that would go a little like this:
Something which can be compared to this:
Or… Something like that, anyway. The point being this: God has created us to do good works, that true. Just not for working for our salvation. Rather, in that matter, we must trust and lean upon God.
You are Loved!