The Ladder, The Gift, & The Robe

Ephesians 2:8-9 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. The first word in salvation is GRACE.

  • Grace is giving you something that you don't deserve.
  • Religious systems are about climbing up;
  • Christianity is about Jesus coming down.

II. It is a GIFT of God.

  • John 1:11-14
  • Receiving God's grace (Romans 8:16 - there is a witness in our spirit)
  • Ephesians 4:32 (You become more gracious when you receive)
  • You want others to experience what you have, when you receive grace.

III. Not of works

  • 2 Corinth. 5:21 - Jesus was made sin; we were made righteous.
  • Isaiah 6:10
  • Whisper Test