“For by Grace Are Ye Saved through Faith . . . unto Good Works”

Ephesians 2:8–10

8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Elder Bruce R. McConkie wrote:

“Salvation in all its forms, kinds, and degrees comes by the grace of God. That is, because of His love, mercy, and condescension, God our Father ordained the plan and system of salvation which would ‘bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man’ (Moses 1:39). Pursuant to this plan He sent His Only Begotten Son into the world to work out the infinite and eternal atoning sacrifice. . . .

“Men are thus saved by grace alone, in the sense of being resurrected; they are saved by grace coupled with obedience, in the sense of gaining eternal life. The gospel plan is to save men in the celestial kingdom, and hence Paul teaches salvation by grace through faith, through obedience, through accepting Christ, through keeping the commandments. Thus Nephi writes, ‘Be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do’ [2 Nephi 25:23], and Moroni records, ‘Come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ’ [Moroni 10:32].”

(Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 3 vols. [1965–73], 2:498–99.)

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