Tuesday, February 11, 2014

40 Day Retreat with Jesus: Day 11

Today has us looking again at Ephesians. Again, I'm in my Compass study Bible using The Voice translation. I'll be posting a review of my copy of this Bible in the very near future, so be sure to look for that.

Today's focus:
Ephesians 2:4-10
But God, with the unfathomable richness of His love and mercy focused on us, united us with the Anointed One and infused our lifeless souls with life—even though we were buried under mountains of sin—and saved us by His grace. He raised us up with Him and seated us in the heavenly realms with our beloved Jesus the Anointed, the Liberating King. He did this for a reason: so that for all eternity we will stand as a living testimony to the incredible riches of His grace and kindness that He freely gives to us by uniting us with Jesus the Anointed. For it’s by God’s grace that you have been saved. You receive it through faith. It was not our plan or our effort. It is God’s gift, pure and simple. You didn’t earn it, not one of us did, so don’t go around bragging that you must have done something amazing. For we are the product of His hand, heaven’s poetry etched on lives, created in the Anointed, Jesus, to accomplish the good works God arranged long ago.
 Salvation. What an amazing gift to be given! It is by faith and grace that we are saved, not by works. It isn't something that we do, it's something that we live. We are to be a testimony, a sanctuary to God. You can't do faith, you live in faith. It's also important to note that anyone is capable of receiving this gift of salvation...no one is "unsaveable". What a wonderful message for today.