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MARCH 29

By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves:  it is the gift of God—Eph. 2:8.

 

As members of the fallen race we were incapable of doing any work which our holy God could accept. Our present standing, therefore, as Christians, is not the result of anything that the old creature did, or could have done. It is not of ourselves; it is the gift of God. This lesson must be thoroughly appreciated, else we shall be continually in danger of falling….So far from considering the new heart, mind and will as an evolution of the old creature, the Apostle would have us understand distinctly that it is a new and separate creation. We were created in Christ Jesus, God’s workmanship—prepared for good works, but not by good works.

 

 

 Parallel passages: Rom. 3:19—  5:2;  11:5,6;  Deut. 9:5;  Gal. 5:4;  Eph. 1:19; 2:5;   2.Tim. 1:9; Matt. 16:17; Rom. 10:13,14,17; Phil. 1:29; Jas. 1:17; Rom. 11:28,29.