The new life in Christ, with all its spiritual blessings, is undeserved and unearned by the Believer, who was saved by, lives by, and is secure in the Grace of God. The Grace of God is a gift and in no way can it be earned or deserved.
[The following scripture passages and questions are here to guide you in your thinking. The questions are not answered. If you are truly seeking, you will sense God guiding you. You will see and understand those things which are most needful for you. And, most importantly, you will know that God cares for you.]
Ephesians 2:1 “And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—
Question: (Choose the correct answer) The disobedient to God:
- are able to please God
- can overcome trespasses and sins by good works
- can rededicate their lives
- are dead spiritually
Question: Explain what it means to be dead in trespasses and sins.
2:3 “among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.”
Question: Some say that humans are by nature basically good. This verse says that mankind is by nature children of wrath. What do you think “children of wrath” means? Whose wrath?
2:4-5 “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us live together with Christ—by grace you have been saved…”
Question: (True or False) “God made us alive with Christ because we showed genuine sorrow for our sin and sinful lives, and promised to try to do better.”
2:8-9 “For by grace you have been saved through faith. and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
Question: (True or False) “We are saved because we get baptized, start attending church services, and help out in the church program with our money and time.”
Question: If your answer for the above question is “false”, then what must a person do to be saved?
2:12 “remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.”
Question: (Choose the answers that are true) Before Jesus Christ is received as Savior, a person is:
- able to earn the forgiveness of God
- without hope
- without God
- capable of being a good church member
2:13 “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.”
Question: (True or False) “In Christ Jesus, all believers are as close to God as any other.”
Question: If your above answer is “false”, explain what brings us close to God.
It is strange that the enemies of Christ were those most religious and self-righteous. The definition of “self-righteous” from the Oxford American Dictionary and Thesaurus is: “certain that one is totally correct or morally superior to other people.” Christ’s enemies believed that they had earned the approval of God and deserved His blessing. The friends of Christ were just the opposite: sin-aware and a sense of undeserving of God’s blessings.
If you believe that you are unworthy and undeserving, then place your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Receive Him as your Savior and Lord. Receive His gift of grace and love. Rejoice in His grace and love. Live by faith in His grace and love. You will have an abundant life!
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
(John 10:10 ESV)
Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.