By grace you have been saved, through faith&nd…

By grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God … Ephesians 2:8
One thing we absolutely have to know about grace is that it’s a gift. We can’t buy it, earn it, or inherit it. The Bible makes clear that grace is truly free. As Paul puts it so that we all understand: we are saved “not by works, so that no one can boast.” God, the very One against whom we rebelled, substituted His Son Jesus in our place to receive the punishment that was rightfully ours. Once objects of wrath, we are now children of God. Someday we will be living with Christ to enjoy life everlasting.