Devotions: Ephesians

A devotion based on Ephesians 2:8-9.

A key part of Paul’s theology is salvation of grace. This was very personal to Paul. As a Pharisee, Paul worked hard to fulfill the commandments of both the written and oral law. When Jesus met Paul on the road to Damascus, Paul was confronted with a salvation completely separate from anything he had done. Paul still worked hard, but he worked because of his relationship with Jesus not to try and earn it.

Salvation by grace is completely foreign to our society. Students pass their courses by work. Employees get promotions by working hard. People do not receive good things by grace. But God’s economy is completely different from everything else we know. God welcomes us into his family, not by what we do but by who he is. Do you have trouble accepting the concept of grace?

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