8For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— 9not the result of works, so that no one may boast.10For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.

I’ve had the opportunity to study with a great class these past Lenten Sundays (and Wednesdays).  The Adam Hamilton study called “Making Sense of the Bible” has been a real ‘eye opener’ for all of us.  We’ve been looking at not only the words of scripture from the books of the Bible, but also how those words got there and how they are arranged there.

This passage is an excellent example of how great scripture is tucked away into the Bible for us to find and relish.  It is not written at the beginning of Paul’s letter to the folks in Ephesus; it isn’t highlighted in bold; or repeated over and over the way we would author such a profound statement of faith.  It is just there for us to find.  And to study, and to talk with each other about, and to use in our faith journeys.

God bless us today as God blessed those who wrote our scriptures of faith.

Mike Shultz
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