We do not make ourselves spiritually alive, but God alone gives us faith and raises us up with Christ to the highest places.

Scripture: Ephesians 2:1-10

ESV Text: Ephesians 2:1-10

Ephesians 2:1-10 (Listen)

By Grace Through Faith

2:1 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 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. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (ESV)


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 2

     1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins: 2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

     4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 373:
By Grace I’m Saved, Grace Free and Boundless

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. By grace I’m saved, grace free and boundless; 
My soul, believe and doubt it not. 
Why stagger at this word of promise? 
Hath Scripture ever falsehood taught? 
Nay; then this word must true remain; 
By grace thou, too, shalt heav’n obtain. 

2. By grace! None dare lay claim to merit; 
Our works and conduct have no worth. 
God in His love sent our Redeemer, 
Christ Jesus, to this sinful earth; 
His death did for our sins atone, 
And we are saved by grace alone. 

3. By grace! Oh, mark this word of promise 
When thou art by thy sins opprest, 
When Satan plagues thy troubled conscience, 
And when thy heart is seeking rest. 
What reason cannot comprehend 
God by His grace to thee doth send. 

4. By grace God’s Son, our only Savior, 
Came down to earth to bear our sin. 
Was it because of thine own merit 
That Jesus died thy soul to win? 
Nay, it was grace, and grace alone, 
That brought Him from His heavenly throne. 

5. By grace! This ground of faith is certain; 
So long as God is true, it stands. 
What saints have penned by inspiration, 
What in His Word our God commands, 
What our whole faith must rest upon, 
Is Grace alone, grace in His Son. 

6. By grace to timid hearts that tremble, 
In tribulation’s furnace tried,– 
By grace, despite all fear and trouble, 
The Father’s heart is open wide. 
Where could I help and strength secure 
If grace were not my anchor sure? 


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