Crumbs
October 25, 2020
252. Week of Eighth Sunday after Trinity - Saturday
By grace you are saved, through faith
          By grace you are saved, through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God; not of works, lest any man should boast.   Ephesians 2:8,9
          We Christians are saved. We are rescued from damnation, and salvation is given to us, the fullness of which we shall soon enjoy. But we are saved by grace, yes, indeed, by grace, through faith, through faith in Christ. And this is in no way of ourselves; there was nothing whatsoever in us, nor did we do anything for the sake of which God would have been moved to save us. It is wholly and solely the gift of God, a gracious gift of God. Not because of our works were we saved. None of us can boast of any work for the sake of which God would have been moved to save him. Hence also our faith is not a work of which we might boast. No, faith is but the spiritual hand given and even opened by God, into which He has put the righteousness and salvation which He so mercifully gave us for Christ's sake, that we might have hold, and enjoy it. In the very moment indeed in which faith receives these free gifts of grace and is conscious of their possession, it begins to be the fruitful mother of all good works; for love, which is the fulfilling of the Law, is at once conceived in it. But though we become righteous before God and are saved by faith, it nevertheless is in no way a work which might have moved God to give us righteousness and salvation. No one should say: I believe, and therefore God justifies and saves me, but this is what all should say: God gives me righteousness and salvation solely by grace, and therefore I believe. "For by grace you are saved, through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God; not of works, lest any man should boast."
          PRAYER: - O Lord, my God, I rest assured of Your grace, and depend upon it to save me. I depend upon Your grace in Christ Jesus, my Lord, which You give to me through Your Word. I depend upon nothing in or of myself. Even my faith is frail and miserable through my own fault. Do not let the spark of faith within my heart be extinguished, O Lord, preserve and strengthen my faith. Let it be a vessel that holds your grace. Amen

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