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.
By simple believing faith in the Lord Jesus' death on the cross for my sins, I pass from spiritual death to spiritual life.
"For by grace are ye saved.."
GRACE sufficient for EVERY trial I am going through. Grace to meet every need - by faith alone in our Father God.
And what else does He give?
".. made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:"
Wow!Seated in the heavenlies.. right now in the spiritual sense, though not physical sense. One day we will see that too. Oh, what a day of rejoicing that will be.
BUT let us rejoice even now that we are seated in the heavenlies.. in the midst of our earthly weights and worries we have this eternal hope and joy!
Never ever, ever forget it!
Satan loves to steal our hope and joy with discouragement.
I know! I've really struggled with it over this blog.. over many things of late. Some were sent of God, and He picked me up with a word of encouragement. These I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I found this old copy of this hymn how it blessed me. I honour such saints who've gone on before. (*Not all images in You tube clip good I noticed). Recorded in 1907 we just never know how our actions today will influence those near and far.
Let us keep on keeping on looking unto Jesus the Author and the Finisher of our Faith.
For we are His workmanship!!!
"For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works.."
What the Lord began in you, He will finish AS we allow Him to work in our lives.
Being His workmanship means we do have work. Let us walk as faithfully as our Saviour, our Example, walked!
The LORD bless you dear ones, may your eyes be lifted up rejoicing that you are seated in those heavenlies.
Sending prayer hugs your way, may you believe & see our God working in His might and power in you today!
Shaz in Oz.x
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Grace. So undeserving and yet I am so thankful for that gift. We are indeed His workmanship and are created to share Him while we are here on this earth. Thank you for this blog my precious friend. Blessings, Betsy
Such wonderful truths to rest our hearts on even in times of hardship...I need the constant reminder to look away from my problems to my almighty Saviour and all that He has done and promised He will yet do for me. Your taking the time to share God's Word to bless others of God's children will surely be rewarded, please don't give it up! "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee." -Isaiah 26:3 - Praying He'll keep our minds stayed upon Him, trusting in Him.
Verses 8 & 9 are so meaningful. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. I am so thankful for God's grace in my heart and life. Wouldn't we be in sad shape if our salvation depended on our works. Thank God for His Amazing Grace. Thanks, Shaz, for sharing how wonderful God treats us even though we are so undeserving. Hugs.
Another great post Shaz xx
so thankful for his saving grace, that we just need to believe in Him. I feel like it should be so much more on my part, that Jesus had to take it all upon himself to take away my sins, what an amazing gift we were given!
Such a comforting, humbling reminder that we don't initiate or deserve anything, from our salvation and glorious eternal life, to our work here for His kingdom. Makes me so grateful for all God is and does! Thank you for that, and for sharing that hymn! It conveys that sense of urgency about Christian work that the world tries to pull us away from.
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