Our Salvation from sin is what distinguishes us from non-Believers. Our Faith in The Blood Of JESUS As Propitiation for our sins justifies us in The Eyes Of GOD. We Are Saved, non-Believers are not. I said those things in order to state this Truth; we are Saved by The Grace Of GOD through Faith in The Atoning Blood Of JESUS.
Ephesians 2:1-10 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
It is important here that we distinguish between grace and righteousness. A righteous person deserves GOD’s Blessings, because he or she has turned from sin to Live in holiness. (although we need GOD’s SPIRIT to Help us to do that.) The Grace Of GOD Was Given to us (through The Atonement Of JESUS’ Blood) while we were yet sinners!! We didn’t deserve It, but GOD’s Mercy Caused Him To Give It to us anyway!!! GOD’s Love Is Unconditional! He Loves us because He Is Love!! That’s His Super-Nature!
That is also how and why we are “prepared” to do The Good Works Of GOD. JESUS, The Son Of GOD, Has Equipped us (by His Gracious Atonement) to become Children Of GOD. The HOLY SPIRIT Of GOD Empowers us to do the Good Works that GOD Has Ordained for us to do.
Glory To GOD forever!!!