In Ephesians 2:8-9 Paul tells us, “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” (ESV).
Over and over again in Ephesians Paul highlights the wonders of God’s grace. He goes into the depths of God’s sovereign grace, showing how in His great love God elected a people for Himself before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before Him; He predestined them for adoption to Himself as sons; He redeemed them by the blood of His own Son… In other words, God’s grace in Christ has done everything, first to last, to save His people from their sin, and bring them into His joy.
This great salvation becomes an experienced reality for God’s people when they turn from their sin and place their faith in Christ. In fact, it is by faith that God’s people are united to Christ; and union with Christ makes all of this love and grace possible… God’s people are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. And as we can see in Ephesians 2:8, even the faith that unites God’s people to Christ is a gift given by God. As Jesus teaches in John 3, the Holy Spirit causes God’s people to be born again, and thus place their faith in Jesus… So, every part of salvation is tied to God’s sovereign grace; that’s why no one can boast… no one but God that is…
Now, some people push back against the doctrines of grace because they think it means that we are forced to be Christians, or if salvation is of the Lord they think it’s unfair of God to not save everyone… But, God doesn’t make or save robots; He so transforms our hearts that we desireto trust Him and follow Him. In salvation He doesn’t make us do something we don’t want to do, He enables us to do what we were created to do; what we truly do want to do, when we see things rightly. And as far as what’s fair: fair for sinners is death and hell… that’s what we all deserve. That said, sovereign grace isn’t fair; and we shouldn’t complain about that. We should rejoice that we get grace instead of fair. Grace is not supposed to be fair, it’s supposed to be amazing; and it is! As John Newton once wrote, “Amazing grace! How sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me…” So, praise God we get grace instead of fair!
I am nothing; Christ is all!