Sunday, June 22, 2014
Ephesians 2:8-10 NRSV "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— not the result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life."
What a powerful verse this is. The eternal scope of works and grace are summed up in these verses. Before God created us in Christ, He prepared us for good works. The second chapter of Genesis confirms that man was indeed created for work. We were not created as part of the food chain, but for the specific purpose to work and care for the earth. And God declared that man's work was good--innocent from evil-doing. But when we lost our innocence and our eyes were opened to the difference of good and evil, our works were unable to please God. And now, our works do not work. It is grace that works.