“You used to live as sinners when you followed the ways of this world. You served the one who rules over the spiritual forces of evil. He is the spirit who is now at work in those who don’t obey God. At one time we all lived among them. We tried to satisfy what our sinful nature wanted to do. We followed its longings and thoughts. God was angry with us and everyone else because of the kind of people we were. Ephesians 2:2-3
To follow the ways of this world, trying to satisfy what our sinful nature wants by following it’s longings and thoughts makes us sinners serving Satan’s purposes; he is the only one served when we are disobedient to God.
But God loves us deeply. He is full of mercy. So he gave us new life because of what Christ has done. He gave us life even when we were dead in sin. God’s grace has saved you. Ephesians 2:4-5
But God loves us DEEPLY. He is full of mercy. So he gave us new life because of what Christ has done. He gave us life even when we were dead in sin. God’s grace has saved us.
God’s grace has saved you because of your faith in Christ. Your salvation doesn’t come from anything you do. It is God’s gift. It is not based on anything you have done. No one can brag about earning it.”
Our salvation doesn’t come from anything we do. It is God’s gift to us all. It is not based on anything more than our acceptance of it. The only thing we bring to our own salvation is the sin that made it necessary in the first place, and that is hardly worth bragging over.