Sola Gratia: Only Grace
Posted by Brad Quiring on November 5, 2017
Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV2011)
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.
We are saved by the grace of God alone. Grace trumps our own merit and worth.
The Biblical word for “grace” is from the Greek: charis. It means favour or merit. The idea in the Bible of favour and merit that is not earned, but rather given as an undeserved gift. We are saved by God’s grace and have received undeserved merit from Him.
Self-merit does not work with God. Why? Because we exist in a condition of no merit.
Ephesians 2:1-3 (NIV2011)
1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.
We were Dead.
We were Disobedient.
We followed the ways of the world and of Satan. Instead we dedicated ourselves to to gratifying the cravings of our own nature, chasing after the desires and thoughts of ourselves.
Because of all this, we were deserving of God’s wrath. Worse than than, we are BY NATURE deserving of God’s wrath. Our very being sets as at odds with God and produces the natural, logical result of God’s punishment upon us. We have no merit with God, only condemnation from him.
But, God’s grace is a gift
4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 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.
God’s grace is a gift of mercy. Even though we were dead in transgressions and sins, following purely selfish motives and being by nature objects of God’s wrath God loves us! God is rich in MERCY toward us.
God’s grace is a gift of life in that He made us alive with Christ when we were still dead. He gave us spiritual life and a relationship with him all through the person and work of Jesus.
God’s grace is a gift of His merit. We have been given merit, through Jesus, not through ourselves, because we never had any from the beginning.
What undeserved blessing have we received from God through Jesus?
We’ve been raised up with Christ. God freely gave us power and ability to grow, change and mature. A new life through Jesus.
We are now seated with Christ, that is, given a place. We were separated, now we are in the family and Kingdom of God.
This is a demonstration of the riches of grace instead of being a demonstration of the result of sinfulness and Satan’s orders. We now demonstrate God’s grace and kindness. Instead of being objects of God’s wrath and punishment, we are now the objects of God’s grace, kindness and compassion.