I can’t get away from it…and the more I study it, the more I want to experience it and walk in it–Grace. Grace is both unmerited favor and divine enablement, as I’ve said before. Ephesians 2:8-10 tells us how we are save–by faith, through grace–and tells us what we are to do as as result–good works. And, reiterating a previous blog point, we’re not saved by our works, but for good works.
So, why is God so willing to lavish His grace upon us? The answer is in the preceding verses, Ephesians 2:4-7.
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” (NAS. Emphasis added)
We’re not saved so that we will love God. We’re saved because he already loves us, and through that love extends His grace to us so we can experience His kindness through that grace forever.