6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. — Eph. 2:6-9 NIV
This is a familiar passage to most Christians, yet I wonder if we really grasp everything it says to us. It explains to us why God saved us and raised us up. It was not just for our benefit, though that would have been more than enough. He did it so He could show to us and the world the “incomparable riches of His grace”. The greatest expression of that grace was God allowing Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son, to die on a cruel cross for our sins. It is that grace that has saved us, through faith. Not our faith, His faith, His gift to us. That is why we can be sure that our salvation is eternal. Thanks be to God that my salvation is not based on my faith, which is not always steadfast. It is based on His faith, which is steadfast and eternal. If it were based on my faith, I could be saved today and lost tomorrow. His faith is everlasting!
15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! — 2 Cor. 9:15
“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” – Anonymous