Are you a believer?

… and were by nature children of wrath, even as others. Eph.2:3

Are you a believer? Are you what is called a saved person, a child of

God? If so, how did that come about? Why did God save you? If your

answer is, “because I believed in Jesus,” then you are over-qualified to

be a candidate for the mercy of God and are therefore deceived and lost.

God saves sinners who are “even as others” and if you have distinguished

yourself from “others” by some kind of faith that you produced, you have

disqualified yourself from receiving the unmerited, free, sovereign,

distinguishing grace of God in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Our text and its context clearly show that when God, Who is rich in

mercy, displayed and dispensed that mercy upon men, that He did so when

they were just like everybody else. If God saved me because I believed

in Jesus and did not save “others” because they did not believe in

Jesus, then the scriptures are meaningless and there is no such thing as

pure grace.

What does it mean to be “even as other?” Read Ephesians 2. It means to

be “dead in trespasses and sins,” in the “lusts of our flesh,” and to be

“by nature the children of wrath.” You may say, “Well I was a sinner and

God saved me by grace, but I ‘improved’ upon that grace, whereas others

did not.” Then you are not “even as others”; God has surely passed you

by and shall until you become so.

This was the Pharisee’s problem. Luke 18:11. The Pharisee stood and

prayed thus with himself, “God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men

are, extortionist, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.” Real

sinners, such as the publican referred to here, make no such claim, but

only cry out for mercy! If we have any objection to the title “even as

others,” it is only that surely there is no one quite as wretched as


What is your definition of grace? God saved me out of a world full of

drowning worms just like me. If that’s not grace, then I don’t know what

grace is. — Chris Cunningham

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