“For by Grace are you Saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:8-10
The Grace by which we are Saved is the Grace by which sin’s power is broken. This Grace flows freely to those whose faith is in the Cross of Christ. The power of God to supply all that we need according to His riches in glory is made perfect in our weakness…it is indeed sufficient.
On Calvary’s Cross, Jesus broke the power of sin for the Believer. The Holy Spirit superintends His workmanship in our hearts and creates in us a new man; this new man who God has before ordained unto good works is now able to partake in God’s Divine Nature and walk in precepts of God.
“8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
9 For in Him dwells all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
10 And you are complete in Him, which is the Head of all principality and power:
11 In Whom also you are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
12 Buried with Him in baptism (Romans 6:3-5), wherein also you are risen with Him through the faith of the operation of God, who has raised Him from the dead.” Colossians 2:8-12
This circumcision without hands is the ministry of the Holy Spirit working in our hearts creating in us a new creature in Christ Jesus. Buried with Jesus in the Baptism of His Death, we are made alive unto God.
“3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were Baptized into His Death?
4 Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” Romans 6:3-4
By Grace are we Saved through faith in the Son of God, Jesus Christ. By Grace are we Sanctified through faith in the Son of God.
“For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the law, but under Grace.” Romans 6:14
This dominion over sin freely given under the finished work of Christ Jesus (Grace) through faith is afforded by Jesus, commissioned by God and superintended by the Holy Spirit. This is a supernatural experience that cannot be done by self will, intellect or natural ability. We are HIS workmanship created unto good works and not our own.
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
-Donna Clark Warren