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Delivered By
Pastor Ed Dinkins
Delivered On
September 28, 2014
Central Passage
Ephesians 2: 1-10
Subject
Fourth Sunday Service
Description

Commentary Excerpt

(Data Source: "The Divine Grace in Christ - http://www.gci.org/bible/eph03)

      "Salvation is a gift of God and appropriated by faith alone. In other words, the fact of a person being saved does not depend on what merits or works he or she has done, but by God freely giving salvation on account of the grace he gives to everyone who is willing to believe via the Holy Spirit. Salvation is a God-human interaction. God provides the content of faith, that is, what we are to believe (Christ’s death and resurrection), but we do the actual believing (no one else can believe for you). Faith is not a work, but the God-sought response of accepting and receiving what God provides (Romans 4). What is meant by faith alone is simply believing that Christ’s redemption is more than enough for our salvation, without the need to add our own obedience or religious rituals.

      This new relationship with God produces a new creation in us, that is, new life in Christ. Our old sinful nature has been subdued by an all-new outlook on life with Jesus at the center of it. As a result of our new relationship with Jesus, we are to produce good works that are in accordance with God’s character and design. Although good works are never the basis or cause of our salvation (for the root is Christ), yet they are the fruit or result of our new covenant relationship with the risen Lord".

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