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. (Ephesians 2:8 NIV)
I cannot tell what you know or believe about Christianity. I think too many professing Christians try to complicate it, even tainting the rudiments of the belief system until it has become more about religious practices and observances. I know there is misunderstanding as often TV and movies associate salvation with the first step of purification or physical, emotional or personal change. According to this verse, there’s only one requirement.
For me, the fact that you don’t have to perform some cleansing action to be worthy of the Creator sets Christianity apart from other belief systems or religion. Your faith is the only requirement. Salvation is a gift in the truest sense of gift giving.
“the one given the gift did nothing to earn it”
The verse above shares what it takes to be saved. If you examine it closely, the work has already been done. Christmas is the perfect time of year to discuss this, because for many, it is a season of gift giving. This verse points out that salvation is a gift given graciously by God. It is a present in the truest since of the word, because the one given the gift did nothing to earn it. Even Santa cannot boast of that, because according to rumor, you need to be good to get your present from Santa.
“Someone else paid the cost”
The words “grace” and “gift” are key words in this passage. A fundamental part in the definition of grace is the word “unmerited.” When you receive salvation by God’s grace, it isn’t because you did anything to deserve it. Someone else paid the cost. That is also the truth that separates the idea of gift as opposed to reward. Salvation is a gift – a gift from God. All we need to do is accept the gift with the faith that the giver paid full price and you owe nothing on it.
“the gift that keeps on giving.”
I know you’re familiar with the expression “the gift that keeps on giving.” It applies to God’s gift of salvation. Salvation begins the process of discovering our true self – the person we are created to be. It is the beginning of a life placed in the capable hands of the one who can mold us, strengthen us, guide us, teach us many things like truly experiencing real love, joy peace and exhibiting forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23 NIV http://bible.com/111/gal.5.22-23.niv).
Despite what you may have been lead to believe, you need not change anything to accept God’s gift. Believe that the only way to have a relationship with God is through Jesus Christ’s death, burial and resurrection and you have accepted God’s gift of salvation. If you haven’t yet accepted, please do so today. If you have accepted the gift, share it with others.
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