Lesson 2: Questions about SalvationEphesians 2:1-10
In our last lesson, we began our look at Ephesians by noting that it is one of the central letters in Paul’s writings. It provides us with some of the greatest doctrines (teachings) of the Christian faith. In our study, we looked at the doctrine of predestination and election, and the dispensational view of theology.
We observed that God has had a plan for all of His creation before any of it was created. We also saw that our free will plays a central part in determining our eternal home, and that when we decide to accept Christ as our savior, God has predestined us to have a role in the coming eternal kingdom of Christ. As Christians then, once we have chosen Christ, we become one of God’s elect – a special, sanctified, and holy people cared for, watched over, and loved by God.
In this lesson, we will examine a doctrine (teaching) in the Bible called the doctrine of free grace. This lesson will help you understand a key principle in our relationship to God through Christ: God is our redeemer; he paid the price by sacrificing his only son, Jesus, for us. Our creation, our salvation, our rewards in heaven are all initiated by God through his great grace and love for us, and not because of anything that we have done. This demonstrates how pure and strong God’s love is for us. In spite of who we are and what we’ve done, He loves us and cares for us through Jesus his son, and through His Holy Spirit living in us.
We are going to be examining four basic questions:
- How much did your salvation cost you?
- What did you do to be saved?
- How do you know you’re saved?
- How do others know you’re saved?
So let’s read Ephesians 2:1-10 and consider these four basic questions in detail:
- How much did your salvation cost you? Read Ephesians 2:1-10. Is there anywhere in this passage that speaks of the cost of salvation to you? Can you find a scripture that tells you how much you have to sacrifice to be saved? List below any scripture that tells you what works, prayers, or offerings you must make in order to be saved.
- What did you do to be saved? Read the following verses and write down what you must do to be saved.
- Romans 10:9-10 says:
- John 3:16 says:
- How do you know you’re saved? Read the following, and list what each passage tells you.
- Romans 8:1
- Romans 8:14
- Romans 8:38:39
- John 20:30-31
- 1 John 5:1
- How do others know you’re saved? Read the following and list what each tells you.
- Ephesians 2:10
- Acts 10:34-35
- Galatians 5:6 and 6:15
- Titus 2:7 and 2:14
- Titus 3:8 and 3:14
- Revelation 14:13
May God bless you and lift you up this week as you study His Holy Word.
Yours in Christ,