Ephesians Sentence by Sentence: 2:10

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αὐτοῦ γάρ ἐσμεν ποίημα κτισθέντες ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ ἐπὶ ἔργοις ἀγαθοῖς οἷς προητοίμασεν θεός ἵνα ἐν αὐτοῖς περιπατήσωμεν. For we are his creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, in order that we might walk in them.

The conjunction, γὰρ, connects this verse with σεσῳμένοι from v. 8. The conjunction indicates an explanation for the purpose of salvation. Why are we being saved? Because we are God’s creation. Furthermore, we are not being saved by works because God created us to do good works. Doing good works only fulfills God’s purpose; it does not constitute earning salvation. But the purpose of salvation is for the purpose that we would do good works that God prepared in advance for us to do. God prepared these good works in advance for the purpose that we should conduct ourselves, behave or live according to them. We should be characterized by such good works.

For we are God’s creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared in advance, for the purpose that we might be characterized by them.

Although we are being saved by grace, the whole purpose of salvation is to fulfill the good works God has called us to do. We need to be characterized by such works.


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