A Biblical Basis for Calvinism – iv: Ephesians 2:4-10

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” – Ephesians 2:4-10

But God, – Paul spent the first 3 verses of chapter 2 telling us about our nature, now we turn to look at God and His nature.

Being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ – When we were dead in our sins, disobeying God, and following our own carnal desires, God made us alive; that is, God saved us. Why did he save us? “God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us,” decided to save us. The reason God chose to save us is because He loves us, and He loves us because He has chosen to. See Deuteronomy 7:6-11 where God says He chose Israel because He loves them and is keeping the promises He gave to their fathers; also, Titus 3:5 (Titus 3:3-8 is very similar to Ephesians 2:1-10). Because our salvation is based solely on God’s sovereign choice it can truly be said,

By grace you have been saved – We have not brought about our own salvation, we did not initiate our salvation, God did (John 1:12-13, 15:16; Matthew 11:27). It is all owing to the sovereign grace He has chosen to show (Romans 9:16-18).

And raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. – More blessings of our salvation!!!

For by grace you have been saved through faith. – God’s grace has saved us through the faith we continually exercise in Him.

And this is not your own doing; – That whole equation that equals our salvation, namely, being saved “by grace” and “through faith” is not something we can do – it is not our own doing. We are not able to bring it about.

It is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. – God is the one who brings about our salvation. God has chosen to show His grace to us by giving us faith to exercise in Him. He has not shown us this grace based on anything in us – God did not save us because He knew we would believe in Him, instead, our belief in God is a result of Him saving us. This means we cannot boast; the only thing we have contributed to our salvation is our sin, the faith we exercise in God is a gift from God.

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, – God made us, He owns us, and he has created us anew in Christ Jesus so that we would do good works.

Which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. – The good works that we will do have already been “prepared” by God for us to do, so that He gets all the glory.

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