The Way

At one time you were like a dead person because of the things you did wrong and your offenses against God. You used to live like people of this world. You followed the rule of a destructive spiritual power. This is the spirit of disobedience to God’s will that is now at work in persons whose lives are characterized by disobedience. At one time you were like those persons. All of you used to do whatever felt good and whatever you thought you wanted so that you were children headed for punishment just like everyone else. However, God is rich in mercy. He brought us to life with Christ while we were dead as a result of those things that we did wrong. He did this because of the great love that he has for us. You are saved by God’s grace! And God raised us up and seated us in the heavens with Christ Jesus. God did this to show future generations the greatness of his grace by the goodness that God has shown us in Christ Jesus. You are saved by God’s grace because of your faith. This salvation is God’s gift. It’s not something you possessed. It’s not something you did that you can be proud of. Instead, we are God’s accomplishment, created in Christ Jesus to do good things. God planned for these good things to be the way that we live our lives. (Ephesians 2:1-10, CEB)

I admit I had to read this passage a few times in this translation, because 2:8-10 are verses I quote often, and this is way different than I quote it.

For you are saved by grace through faith, not by works so no one can boast.

Here I’m not sure I like the wording of verse 8, You are saved by God’s grace because of your faith. The original Greek in my opinion leans towards we are saved by grace because of Christ’s faith, not ours. If it is based on my faith then it is a work. Even if we say faith is trust and it depends on me trusting God, then it is my work and something I do. Grace is a gift because I can’t do anything to get it or to not get it.

But 9 – 10 in this version are a great translation, in my opinion,  “This salvation is God’s gift. It’s not something you possessed. It’s not something you did that you can be proud of. Instead, we are God’s accomplishment, created in Christ Jesus to do good things. God planned for these good things to be the way that we live our lives.”

The way we live our lives. Our lives are to be lived doing good things that God had planned for us to do long before we ever knew anything.

This is the Way.

Live it. Love it. Share love every where you go!

Loving People. Loving God.

Published by asacredrebel

Lions tamed Dragons slain Leaders equipped Disciples trained Jedi Christian Living the Gospel out loud!

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