The Divine Blood Line, Part VI
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. Ephesians 6:8,9
This scripture in Ephesians is probably one of the most quoted in regards to salvation and like others that believers quote I wonder how many truly understand their meaning. First of all there are five important words used to describe our salvation experience: grace, saved, faith, gift and works. In order for one to understand this very important scripture each word must be observed carefully.
A simple scripture and yet hundreds of divisions and denominations have been spawned in disagreement of their meaning and most of the church has been splintered over these five little words. I believe many of the scriptures we read and quote are misunderstood because we pick up the lingo on becoming a Christian but we are never truly given the revelation of it because of religious tradition.
Grace is not just unmerited favor, it is the Divine delight and lovingkindness of the Creator to bring to us a way of freedom from debt, works and law that have held us in bondage. Grace not only allows us to come before the Father, but allows Him to come before sinful man to bestow upon Him the mercy and forgiveness of the Lord Jesus Christ.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified (pardoned) freely (without cost) by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. Romans 3:23,24
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin