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Grace for Sinners: Unearned

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

We’re digging into the impossibly simple and gigantic idea of grace this week. Specifically, we’re going to listen to Paul tell us about God’s saving grace in his own life, but we’re starting with today’s famous passage to put a handle on the concept.

grace_350Boiled down, grace is “unearned good.” In the case of our relationship with God through faith in Christ, that good thing is the most impossibly fantastic thing ever in the universe – eternal life in heaven, finally living as we were meant to with God and with meaning and without any death or mourning or crying or pain.

Today’s verses tell us three key things about that grace:

1) It’s how we are saved.

2) It is a gift from God.

3) It is not worked for or earned by us in any way. At all. Period.

Think: Do you believe in God’s grace in your head? Do you believe in your heart that he saved you for free and not as a result of anything you have done or ever will do? Why would someone have trouble believing in God’s grace to sinners?

Pray: Thank God for the gift of his saving grace because you could never have saved yourself.

Do: Read Ephesians 2:1-10 to see how these verses fit into Paul’s longer thought.

Posted February 7, 2016

Jesus Above All: The Conquering King

Posted February 6, 2016

“To which of the angels did God ever say, ‘Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet’? Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?” (Hebrews 1:13-14)

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Jesus Above All: Because He Loves/Hates

Posted February 5, 2016

“But about the Son he says, ‘Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever, and righteousness will be the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.’ ” (Hebrews 1:8-9)

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Jesus Above All: Angels Worship Him

Posted February 4, 2016

“And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says, ‘Let all God’s angels worship him.’ In speaking of the angels he says, ‘He makes his angels winds, his servants flames of fire.’ ” (Hebrews 1:6-7)

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Jesus Above All: He’s the Son

Posted February 3, 2016

“For to which of the angels did God ever say, ‘You are my Son; today I have become your Father’? Or again, ‘I will be his Father, and he will be my Son’?” (Hebrews 1:5)

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Jesus Above All: Better Than Angels

Posted February 2, 2016

“So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.” (Hebrews 1:4)

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Jesus Above All: Exactly God

Posted February 1, 2016

“The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.” (Hebrews 1:3)

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