For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift.  Ephesians 2:8

If you went to the mall and randomly asked people, “Do you think you will go to heaven when you die?”

what do you think many would say?  The most common answer is, “I hope so.  I am trying to live a good life, be a good person…”  This verse begs to differ.  It is not by our own merits or our own attempts to win entry there.  This chapter begins by reviewing our past, being dead in our sins, previously living according to the ways of the world, living out disobediently our fleshly desires, carrying out the inclinations of our flesh and thoughts, and facing the wrath of God (vs. 1-3).  But God, who exudes immeasurable love and abundant mercy, made us alive by His grace (vs.4-5) and has given us an eternal inheritance even though we were dead in sin. You are saved by grace!  When Jesus died on that cross and uttered those three words, “It is finished!” it was done!  It is not what we do, but it is what Jesus did for us, and when we truly recognize this, our hearts melt receiving this gift, this gift of faith.  God gave us this gift, “not from works, so that no one can boast.” (vs. 9)   Charles Spurgeon used to tag-team preach with his grandfather, with a sermon on Ephesians 2:8-10.  His grandfather James would say, “Here comes my grandson who can preach the Gospel better than I can, but you cannot preach a better Gospel, can you?”  Truly the sum of this cannot be matched.