The Story Behind the Design: "For By Grace You Have Been Saved"

This design is so powerful to me. Based on Ephesians 2:4-8. The "Prince of Preachers", Charles Spurgeon said on his sermon "All of Grace", "If my Lord Jesus gives you salvation at this moment, you have it, and you have it forever. He will never take it back again; and if he does not take it from you, who can? If he saves you now through faith, you are saved—so saved that you shall never perish, neither shall any pluck you out of his hand".

What a powerful words of salvation! When Paul writes to the Ephesians, "By grace YOU HAVE BEEN SAVED" (Ephesians 2:5). In other words, he said, You are already saved!

At this moment all of us can be either saved or unsaved. Salvation must be by grace because we are all sinners. And there is no other salvation except that which begins and ends with grace. God saved us in spite of ourselves. Man deserves nothing from God but punishment.

Salvation is given to us; it is not earned by us. Salvation is not of us; it is of God. Faith is not the cause of salvation; Christ is the cause of salvation. Faith is but the instrument through which salvation comes to me. Faith does not save; Christ saves.

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: By grace you have been saved. By grace you will serve. By grace you will be saved when Christ comes again. Yes, from start to finish–and for eternity–it’s all God’s doing, and it’s all a gift!

Love you guys! Sheila