Are we saved by just grace?

Paul couldn’t be more clear and succinct in his letter to the Ephesians, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God — not the result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9) You and I are saved from the power of sin and death because of what God has done for us through Jesus Christ on the cross. We either believe it and live the reality of the love God has shown us, or we don’t believe it and continue living in our sins, continue living our lives in the shadow and fear of death. Being saved by grace frees us up to not have to worry about our own fate, it frees us up to truly love one another and invest ourselves in the well-being of others. Our salvation is a tremendous gift because it affects the quality of our lives now. Nothing can truly defeat us in this world because we are beyond this world. That’s what the knowledge of the Gospel does for us. It is our happiness and joy in good times, our comfort and strength in bad times. Good works and sharing this wonderful message with others come naturally because it is merely a response to the tremendous love God has shown us through Christ Jesus.