By Fr. Felix (African Times Guest Writers)
The Letter to the Ephesians is considered by
many scholars to be the first commentary and
reflection on Paul rather than from the Apostle’s
own hand, reflecting on the salvation won by
Christ. After the record of the repeated failures
of Israel, the message, twice repeated, that
salvation is by grace alone, is particularly apt.
Grace here means not a substance poured into
our souls to provide some sort of salvific
energy, but is the unmerited favour and choice
by God. It is a personal relationship rather than
a material, rather even than a spiritual gift.
God has smiled on each of us and invited us
into his friendship. In the light of this gift of
friendship we are strengthened and encouraged
to serve him, so that this gift of his friendship
becomes an ever stronger and more important
element in our lives.
God shows us his love and we respond. So he
shows us even greater love. But the greatest
gift of all is his Son and the salvation, the new
life won for us by Christ.