Most people have at least heard the scripture claiming that we are saved by grace through faith and not of works. Most Christians have not only heard it but can quote and may even venture over from the “Romans road” to this text in order to make proselytes of a few human beings. But is it possible that focusing on these words written by Paul has actually done a little more harm than good?
Don’t get me wrong, if you have read anything I have written then you know I am a believer that we are all saved by grace and grace alone, but I think we are so busy learning certain text such as Ephesians 2:8-9 that we forget about text like Ephesians 2:10 which reads…
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus TO DO GOOD WORKS, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
So I suggest we have taken this idea that Paul gives in Ephesians 2:8-9, that we are saved by grace and through faith… and then we have converted faith to mean certain beliefs by which we all have to believe in order to receive salvation. Where does Jesus ever talk about this? Where does Jesus ever say that the Gospel is merely believing the “right” things so we can get our individuals selves into heaven somewhere, someday in the future?
I think Jesus was much more concerned with living rightly than believing rightly.