So when Paul told his gentile audience "for by grace are you saved through
faith and that not of yourselves it is a gift of God NOT of WORKS lest any
man should boast. Eph. 2:8,9 … What does this mean?
It means when we were enemies with God or “dead” through our trespasses we were graced undeservedly so.
EPHESIANS 2:5 5 even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
God makes the first move and gives us “faith”.
Then we are to SERVE Him. (That’s WHY we were created tgGodsway–for good works–see Ephesians 2:10 which you forgot to include in your question).
Satan said “NON serviam”.
And he wasn’t merely getting “justified before angels” with the service satan was called into.
Christians on the other hand say . . . “SEVIAM”.
That’s what the parable of the talents are all about tgGodsway.
Jesus is the MASTER.
And Jesus the Master gifts His SERVANTS with “talents” (grace including from their “moment” of salvation.).
But now that they HAVE talents (from the Master) tgGodsway, they NEED to DO things in accordance with their state in life (“to each according to his ability” as Matthew 25:15 says).
And they need to DO them not merely to be “justified before other servants”.
And if they choose NOT to DO things these people who had a relationship with Christ, these people who were “servants” of the “Master” will get thrown out into the outer darkness (again, if they choose NOT to serve with the UNEARNED TALENTS [That’d be “GRACE” tgGodsway] that they have been GIVEN, then they die spiritually.
Can you imagine sitting around the Christmas tree in December opening gifts and having family members do the same to which you would say, “oh by the way, that new watch you opened up will cost you 500 dollars. Go ahead and pay for it before you leave today.”
No. I can’t imagine that.
But I CAN imagine sitting around and receiving gifts (“talents”) from the Master who then expects me (in UNION WITH HIM) to make “interest”.
In UNION with Him or by “to him who by the power at work within us is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think” (from Ephesians 3:20 which you also seemed to forget about).
You don’t “believe” that tgGodsway (odd for someone who says he is saved by his belief ALONE).
I DO believe that.
Let’s go to Matthew 25:13-30 (formatting mine for emphasis) . . .
(And incidentally. Notice being “faithful” is using “faith” in the sense of “fidelity” not mere intellectual “belief”)
MATTHEW 25:13-30 13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour. 14 "For it will be as when a man going on a journey
called his servants
and entrusted to them his property;
15 to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one,
to each according to his ability.
Then he went away.
16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them; and he made five talents more.
17 So also, he who had the two talents made two talents more.
18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money.
19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them.
20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, 'Well done, good and
you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master.'
22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, 'Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.'
23 His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant;
you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much;
enter into the joy of your master.'
24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, 'Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not winnow;
25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground.
Here you have what is yours.'
26 But his master answered him,
'You wicked and slothful servant!
You knew that I reap where I have not sowed, and gather where I have not winnowed?
27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest.
28 So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has the ten talents.
29 For to every one who has will more be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.’