The Gift of God

God, who is rich in mercy,
out of the great love 
with which he loved us
even when we were dead 
through our trespasses,
made us alive together with Christ—
by grace you have been saved—
and raised us up with him
and seated us with him 
in the heavenly places:

So that in the ages to come
he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace
in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
For by grace we have been saved through faith,
and this is not our own doing;
it is the gift of God—
not the result of works,
so that no one may boast.
For we are what he has made us,
created in Christ Jesus for good works,
which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.
—from Ephesians 2:4-10