“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God–not because of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:8-10
If I had to pick out one Bible verse to express the theology of the reformation, it would be this one. As a Lutheran I’ve heard it over and over again as the foundation for our beliefs.
Christ didn’t save us because we are good:
“as it is written: ‘None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands, no one speaks for God. All have turned aside, together they have done wrong; no one does good, not even one.'” Romans 3:10-12
He didn’t save us because we accepted Him:
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should bear fruit and that your fruit should abide …”John 15:16
He chose us for one reason only:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Notice that the verses from Ephesians and John emphasize that our works come from God as well. He has chose and appointed them for us.
So, what do you think? Are we saved by God’s grace alone? Send us your thoughts and comments.