It is by grace that we are saved… so that no one can boast (Ephesians 2:8).
OK what does that even mean? This is a question I have been asking on and off for the past several years, and theologians have been exploring for centuries! So I am think if it so important I think I should go to The One for the answer.
Jesus, grace? What does that really mean? How do we live it out in this fallen and broken world?
The first thought I “heard” was “that it is only in this fallen and broken world that you need grace.” So it could be argued that it is only as we are fallen and broken people that grace makes any sense to us. Can I please get all the fallen and broken people to raise their hands? (Mine is the first to go up!) Oh Jesus knows that no matter how hard I try I keep falling; I am often like a broken record, repeating my sins over and over again! AH!
This brings another thought to my heart, “When you are weak I AM strong” (2 Corinthians 12:9, 10). So it could be argued that it is only when I am weak in my falling and brokenness that Jesus displays Himself strong in me. So I may just need to be weak, in order to have it be true that He is working in me giving me the desire and power to do what pleases the Father (Philippians 2:13).
Maybe if I am not weak, and I try and be perfect on my own He does not show up in my weakness and than I do not have the desire or the power to do what pleases the Father?
I don’t think I have “answered” my first question, but I do hope I have gone deeper into the Truth, the Way and the Life (John 14:6), and this has not have been by anything I have done, but all from by grace, so that I can not boast. Amen.
Praises be to the LORD God Almighty for He alone is worthy of all I say, think, and breath. Amen