Ephesians 2:8-10 “Saved to do Good Works”
In Ephesians 1-2, Paul is adamant that the goal of salvation is the glory of God. But how does God get the glory? Is it as Pelagius thought, by a man's use of his free will to believe and follow the example of Jesus, or is it as Augustine understood it, by God's sovereign grace, through which He saves by granting us faith? Only the latter can make sense of this text. Salvation is a gift that originates in God alone. It is also an act of (re)creation, wherein God breathes spiritual life into a pile of dust, those who were dead in their transgressions and sins. Prior to God's sovereign grace, we were unable to do anything unto His glory, but being saved from His wrath, we begin to fulfill our purpose - doing good works. This Augustinian conclusion, which is really a Pauline conclusion, ensures that God gets all the glory in the salvation of sinners.