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Election is the source of and beginning of all good works.”

– John Calvin

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10

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As long as we entertain delusions of our own merit or compliment ourselves on our own contributions to salvation, we block our hearts from pure worship.”

– R. C. Sproul, The Souls Quest for God, pg. 187

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,  not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

Well, I guess it’s been quite a while since I last posted… If you didn’t know we are on furlough in California for 2 months and thus it’s a little harder to keep up with blogging… But enough excuses…

In Ephesians 3:14 -21 Paul prays for the Ephesian church that Christ would dwell in their hearts and that they would be filled with the width, length, depth and height of His love. In other words, that they would be soaked with Jesus in their way of thinking. Paul then continues and gives thanks to God that He is able to above and beyond all that we could ever think or ask, and so we are filled with hope that He will sanctify His people.

In chapter 4 we find these words directly after his prayer…

“I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”

-Ephesians 4:1-3

If God is so good, so gracious, and able to do exceedingly more than we can imagine, then we ought to be humbled by His great love. We ought to walk worthy of His calling. His calling is to be set apart in holiness; to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and our neighbor as ourselves. We are to do this just as Jesus did it; with all lowliness, gentleness, and longsuffering. O, may Christ dwell in our hearts, for this is the only way in which we can have humble loving hearts. We must look at Christ in the Scriptures and commit our hearts and minds to prayer; that the Holy Spirit would enlighten us. We must treasure the Lord’s Day as we hear Christ preached to us, and remember all that Jesus did for us as we take part in the Lord’s Supper. We must be Christ-filled Christians. I guess that seems like an akward statement, but there are many that try to live a Christ-less Christianity.

“…that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God”

Ephesians 3:17-19

J. C. Hahne

“…knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.”

– 1 Peter 1:18-19

Just a few things I think worthy to point out…

1. Before God’s effectual call upon our lives we lived in “aimless conduct”. This aimless conduct was inherited and passed down by our fathers, being born under sin. Indeed we were “slaves to sin” (Romans 6), and “children of wrath” (Ephesians 2).

2. We weren’t redeemed by something corruptible, but with the perfect eternal sacrifice of Jesus Christ. He was the spotless Lamb of God and was the ultimate sacrifice to appease God’s holy wrath which hung over our heads.

Oh what sweet news! We have been redeemed! Made new… able to enjoy our Creator!

J. C. Hahne

“As long as we entertain delusions of our own merit or compliment ourselves on our own contributions to salvation, we block our hearts from pure worship.”

R. C. Sproul

Now of course you have to add Ephesians 2:8-9 as it magnifies God’s grace and shows that in us there really is nothing to boast about. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”

I’ve heard many say (especially here in Romania), “How can you say that you are saved by grace alone? Don’t you need to have good works too?”

Well, My answer is this,

“…for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.” -Gal 2:16

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” -Eph 2:8-9

“I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.” -Gal 2:21

Now don’t get me wrong, the true Christian will be filled with the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Good works will flow. but they will flow from grace. Look at Titus 2:11-14, “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.”

You see, it is by grace alone. It is the grace of God that produces good works. “The grace of God… teaches us…” to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, and to live for the Glory of God… or in other words, to be “zealous for good works.”

I leave you with these words… REJOICE IN JESUS! For it is by his blood shed for us that we are cleansed, forgiven, accepted, and empowered.

“It’s all by grace!”

Joey Hahne