Daily Bible Study
Ephesians 2:8-10: "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them." Christians have been saved by grace. The grace of God is the source of salvation; faith is the channel, not the cause. God alone saves. Salvation never originates in the efforts of people; it always arises out of the loving-kindness of God. Truly, 'salvation is of the LORD.' The past tense of the verb "saved" in this passage indicates that the believer's salvation has already occurred in the past, at the Cross. 'the gift of God' - we cannot do anything to earn our salvation. Some suggest that 'the gift of God' modifies the word 'faith' in this verse. Thus Paul is saying that even our belief in God does not originate in ourselves. This too is a gift, so no one can take pride in their position as a Christian. Everything is received from our merciful and gracious Father.