The Grace of God is a marvelous thing! Paul has spoken of that in the previous verses. We have actually been raised up that we might sit with Him in heavenly places and that in ages to come He might show the “exceeding riches of His grace.” And then in verses 8, 9 He shows how that Grace is given to us. It is Grace through faith. Not Grace unconditionally, or unlimited. It is not Grace given because of our merit or works. It isn’t my effort that produces the Grace of God.... Nothing about which I can boast. It is the gift of God.
It is through that Grace that we become new creatures, born again, saved. Later on he shows the contrast between those out of Christ and those in Christ and it is the Grace of God that makes the difference. There is a vast difference between lost and saved; between Christian and non-Christian, between the world and God. And that difference is Grace.
Now notice the next verse, our test. The word “for” indicates a conclusion to be drawn from that which precedes it. Because Grace is a gift of God; through faith, we are God’s workmanship. We became new creatures by God’s decree. It is His workmanship that makes us new. Man isn’t born of his own will. We did not choose to be born. Nor is a Christian made of his own effort. When we arise from the waters of baptism to walk in newness of life... it is God’s work that has made us new.
Now that we are new there is a work for us to do. We are “created unto good works.” No wonder that Paul wrote to the Philippians to “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” Our whole life should now be given to doing those things that we consider good. God ordained that we should walk in them because He wants His children to do that which is righteous, to be God’s children we must live like His Children.
2 Corinthians 5:17
How do we live for Christ?