Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.”
The concepts of the New Testament are impossible to understand through human intellect. This is one of the major reasons why there is so much confusion among various denomination on interpretations of New Testament texts. Many theologians who are expected to be objective in their study and interpretation of Scriptures find difficulty in accepting the simplicity of the gospel because of the freedom to allow the Spirit of Truth teach them. The Scriptures were given by revelation, and must be read through the revelation of the Holy Spirit. Jesus Himself said He had so much to say to His disciples, but without the Holy Spirit, they could not understand (Joh.16:12-13).
With that said, many Christians struggle with the idea that salvation is free. Salvation is an act of God’s grace; God freely erased the accusations of sin that was held against you through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Your responsibility was to by faith identify with Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. Your works had nothing to do with it and will have nothing to do with it. The idea that good works will somehow provoke an increased measure of God’s saving power is a heretical and offensive thought. Following salvation, the Bible teaches on the importance of good works, but never is it seen that good works are not meant to win God’s favor.
For many Christians, the idea of working for God’s grace is a subtle and subconscious thought. It’s a thought embedded in the heart of a person that makes such a person feel like he or she deserves answered prayers, a good life, a life free of affliction because of something they’re doing. The problem is that when trouble comes in the way of such people, they are discouraged and become lackadaisical in their service to God. Your good works as Christians ought to be a love response for the free gift of God’s grace towards you. Your attitude towards the Father and your grounds before Him starts with your sense of right standing in Christ Jesus, and secondly your ability to trust Him wholeheartedly on the basis of His Word (faith).
Examine yourself today; you have been saved by grace, and your Christian life is to be lived by grace, but do you sometimes approach the Father because of how well you think you are “working” for Him? It is by faith you access God’s grace. When Jesus was asked by His disciples what was necessary in order to do the “works of God’, He answered saying, “labor to believe…” (Joh.6:28-29)
Scriptures to Meditate: Rom.3:28, Gal.2:16, 1 Joh.3:23, Jam.2:22, Prov.3:5-6