Ephesians 2:8-10 - 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
On November 15, 2017, Salvator Mundi (which is a painting of Christ by Leonardo da Vinci) sold at auction for $450.3 million, setting a new record as the most expensive painting ever sold. Why would someone pay so much money for a piece of art? It’s quite simple: the painting is a beautiful masterpiece that gives God glory. But do you know what’s the most beautiful masterpiece ever created? Redeemed humanity.
Verse 10 says, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works...” Just as the pinnacle of God’s creation is his work of creating humanity, the pinnacle of God’s salvation is his work of redeeming humanity. We are his masterpiece, created in Christ Jesus. To put it another way, when God set out to paint history with the story of redemption he used the life, death and resurrection of Jesus to make us a new creation in Christ.
Do you know what makes the picture of God’s salvation so beautiful? Grace. Verses 8-9 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” We are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. This means there is nothing we can do to work for salvation. Salvation is 100% a work of God that God gives us as a gift of grace. What is grace? Grace is unmerited favor. The truth that salvation is a gift of grace means that God gives us salvation despite the fact that we didn’t earn it and we don’t deserve it. Since we did nothing to earn salvation, we have nothing to boast in except Jesus Christ.
This truth has brought me much comfort over the years because it means that salvation isn’t dependent on me. I did nothing to gain salvation. This makes me happy because it frees me from attempting to earn God’s love and approval through my good works. I have nothing to boast in, except Jesus Christ.
• How does the gift of grace (salvation) make you feel?
• In what ways does God’s grace liberate you?
• Action - Spend some time in prayer praising God for giving you salvation - by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.