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Basic Christianity Day 10

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Scripture: Ephesians 2:1-9 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.  All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.  And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.

Devotional: This is some of the best news we have regarding our salvation, which is an irrevocable gift from God.  God is fully aware, even if we are not, about the full depravity of our sin and disobedience.  Sin that deserves and results in death.

But because of God’s great love, not because of anything you’ve done, He chose to make a way for your redemption, even while you were still covered with the filth of your sin.  He doesn’t wait for you to get cleaned up and present yourself before Him. Through Jesus, He enters into your muck and provides the only possible way for you to be cleansed – blood.  And He does so because of who HE is, not because of who you are. 

It is through grace that you are saved.

If we struggle with the assurance of our salvation, that often happens in the midst of failure.  Perhaps you’ve messed up big time, or you’ve done something in your life that causes you to feel that there’s no way you deserve to have eternal life.  Perhaps you’ve fallen away from God and you’ve chosen to go your own way for a time. 

But your salvation isn’t based on what you do, it’s based on what Christ has already done on your behalf.  As Paul will say later, that doesn’t give us license to sin.  But it does give us mercy in the midst of our greatest weaknesses. 

And faith is what empowers you to trust that truth. 

Reflect:

  • Think about the times you’ve lost confidence in your salvation. Perhaps you’re there right now. In the midst of that, are/were you thinking more about your own failures or focused on God’s grace and mercy? 
  • Be reminded today that it’s by grace you’ve been saved through faith.