|"Saved by Grace" by Ilya Pavlov|
BIBLE STUDY SESSION 113
“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. For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” Ephesians 2:8-10.
Paul speaks about new life in Jesus Christ, being new creatures, having new beginnings. We are not the slaves of sin anymore; we have the power to resist the evil spirit that lives and works in the world. God's great love gives us an opportunity to be with Christ. We are saved by God's holy grace; salvation is the undeserved gift that he offers each person. We need faith in Christ in order to be saved. Faith and grace are two essential components that make salvation possible. We are not saved by works that we do. Works for Christ happen for a different reason. Our love for God, the desire to please him, to do something in response to his loving mercy, these are the main motives to do good works. To work for God is our own desire. It is what we have been created to do. We do it not because we have to but because we want to.
To encourage students to reflect on why they do “good things” and to start correcting their motives if they are wrong.
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