Ephesians 2:8

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For by grace are ye saued, through faith, and that not of your selues: it is the gift of God:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, {it is} the gift of God;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

for by grace have ye been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, `it is' the gift of God;
- American Standard Version (1901)

Because by grace you have salvation through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is given by God:
- Basic English Bible

For ye are saved by grace, through faith; and this not of yourselves; it is God's gift:
- Darby Bible

For by grace are ye saved, through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
- Webster's Bible

For it is by grace that you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves. It is God's gift, and is not on the ground of merit--
- Weymouth Bible

for by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,
- World English Bible

For bi grace ye ben sauyd bi feith, and this not of you; for it is the yifte of God,
- Wycliffe Bible

for by grace ye are having been saved, through faith, and this not of you -- of God the gift,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ephesians 2:8


2:8 By grace ye are saved through faith - Grace, without any respect to human worthiness, confers the glorious gift. Faith, with an empty hand, and without any pretence to personal desert, receives the heavenly blessing. And this is not of yourselves - This refers to the whole preceding clause, That ye are saved through faith, is the gift of God.


People's Bible Notes for Ephesians 2:8


Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith. Lest they might forget the doctrine that he ever preached, he reminds them that works of the law never saved them; that they were saved by God's grace shown in the gospel; that this salvation was obtained through the faith. The definite article is found before faith in the Greek, showing that "the" faith, or the gospel, is meant. [It is] the gift of God. The salvation is not due to ourselves, but is God's gift. The grammatical construction of the Greek does not allow us to make "faith" the subject of the last clause. It is not "faith", but salvation through the faith, which is the gift of God. So says John Wesley in his Notes: "This refers to the previous clause, 'That you are saved,' etc".

Discussion for Ephesians 2

  • Shirley Robinson-Allen
    This is a great chapter. It tell of God's mercy in that while we were sinners He sent His son to die for us so that we who believe on Him might be saved. As His chosen ones we need to serve Him, love our neighbors and do good to all men. In other words we should treat all God's children as brothers and sisters. To God be the glory great things He has done. He loved us so much He gave us His son.
  • Min. Sally Wheeler
    We are blessed to have a LORD who took upon Himself flesh, who preached the truth, then made that ultimate sacrifice on the cross for us. His blessings kept coming, He offers salvation as a free gift to all men who believe in Him. That's not including His righteousness. When God gives mercy, He certainly gives it.

    Glory to God!
    Alleluia!
    Thank You, Almighty God! Thank You!!!
  • Compare this and 2 Thessalonians 2:7-12 "the mystery of lawlessness", and Colossians 3:5-7, with 1 John 3:4, which us the definition of sin. Furthermore,the whole letter of 1 John ties God's law together with love. An analogy would be: An Archer who is aiming at the target of righteousness God's ten commandments , contrasted with the one who is aiming at another target unrighteousness . Neither hit the bullseye perfectly 100 of the time, but each practice shooting one or the other target.
  • Stephen F. Zielski
    RESTORE ! RESTORE ! RESTORE ! OH HEAVENLY ABBA DAD AND GOD ALMIGHTY YAHWEH, IN AND THROUGH YOUR SON OUR GLORIOUS LORD AND MAJESTY KING SUPREME TO COME, CHRIST YESHUA, JESUS, GLORY AMEN AND AMEN INDEED ! THE DREADFUL AND TERRIBLE DAY OF THE LORD IS TRULY AT HAND FOR THIS VERY REASON AS IT WAS BACK IN THEIR DAY AND TIME. RAISE UP AND SEND FORTH YOUR CHOSEN SERVENT FOR THY NAMES SAKE AND FULFILL ALL THINGS IN THIS END OF THE AGE OF THE GENTILES TO YOUR EVERLASTING GLORY AMEN AND AMEN INDEED ! SHALOM ISRAEL ZION AMEN ! God Bless and be with you ! Shalom yedda dim beloved one .
  • Ezekiel Johnson
    Paul's statement here in verse 8 " For by grace are ye saved through faith and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:", does not negate, cancel out, or make null and void our need to be baptized in the name of Jesus in order to receive forgiveness of sins, as he shared with the disciples of John the Baptist he met in Acts 19:1-6. In its proper context here, Paul is pointing all glory back to the one who made salvation a possibility for us who were dead in our trespasses and sins. Simply put, Christ didn't have to become the sacrifice and if he did not, there would be nothing that we could ever do to change our eternal destination. However, because he did die and paid the price for our sins, in the book of Acts, when the disciples, on order from Jesus were confronted by people needing salvation they always spell out quite clearly and simplistically what one must do. 1. REPENT 2. BE BAPTIZED IN THE NAME OF JESUS 3. RECEIVE THE IN-FILLING OF GOD'S SPIRIT EVIDENCED BY SPEAKING IN OTHER TONGUES AS HIS SPIRIT PROVIDES THE WORDS. These instruction that were given by Peter with the eleven Apostles in agreement , Phillip, Ananias, Paul, ect. in the the book of Acts.
  • Minnie Evans for verse 8
    Faith is in my heart. God gave me the gift of grace for my salvation. To save me from my sins.