A Bible Devotion

Friday, February 16, 2024

Saved By Grace

EPHESIANS 2:8-9 NLT 8 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can't take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.

Being saved, and in right standing with God, is a gift! It is something we don't deserve, but is freely given to us anyway.

We cannot earn it no matter what we do. Deliverance from the curse, and right standing with God, is available only as a free gift.

ROMANS 11:6 NRSV 6 But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace would no longer be grace.

It is not what we have done that matters, but what Jesus did for us. He was our Substitute, suffering what we deserved, so we could receive what He deserved as a gift.

God Himself has done what is necessary for us to be saved and be in right standing with Him. Now we must believe in what God has done, and thank Him for it.

ROMANS 4:5 NLT 5 But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners.

People all over the world try to be right with God by what they do: rituals, sacrifices, and devotion. But the Bible reveals we cannot be right with God by our own actions -- it is a gift we must receive.

ROMANS 3:20 NLT 20 For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are.

By keeping the law it is impossible to be right with God, because no human being can keep it by their own effort. We have all sinned, according to the Bible.

ROMANS 3:23 NLT 23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God's glorious standard.

God does not grade on a curve. All have sinned and come short. So we all need a Savior.

ROMANS 10:9-10 NLT 9 If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.

So salvation is a free gift. Anyone can receive it. It comes wrapped up in a person -- the Lord Jesus Christ. Receive Jesus -- no matter who you are or what you have done -- and instantly you are saved (which means delivered) and put in perfect right standing with God, as if you had never sinned. What a gift!

SAY THIS: I am saved by God's wonderful grace.


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