For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—

           and this not from yourselves . . .

                     (Ephesians 2:8 NIV)


These words are often used in Christian circles, but the misuse of them over time may have made them seem threadbare. Yet they are rich with meaning and purpose. “Saved” means that we’re rescued from perishing. “By grace” is the means by which we’re saved from imminent peril: we have been delivered by the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ. We’re not saved from our sins by weeping, works, nor personal piety; but “by grace we are saved.”