have done enough good in our lives to be acceptable to God.
But what we've been given ... the gift of salvation ... is nothing we've earned,
or could ever obtain ... except through the grace of God, through Jesus
Christ. Our salvation was bought through Christ long ago ... before the
2 Timothy 1: 9
Who has saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to
our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given
us in Christ Jesus before the world began