Friday, April 14, 2017

What Does Faith Alone Mean?

       What Does Faith Alone Mean?
                                 
                                    Ephesians 2:8-9
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Do you believe that you are saved by grace alone, through faith alone and not by something you have done? Is it through Christ that you have salvation or is it by your works of righteousness  that you possess eternal life? These are questions that should provoke you to search for Truth in the Word of God.

Have you been taught that God has already done His part now the rest is up to you? Is individual salvation or exaltation earned through man’s compliance with the laws of God? Are you convinced that the grace of God coupled with gospel obedience is salvation? My dear friend, no one can keep God’s commands fully or perfectly, no matter how good their intentions are. What a heavy load you must bear in order to appear spiritually well. This is an unreasonable demand put upon you and therefore causes you to live your life in guilt, never feeling quite good enough. This is a shame because salvation is freely given by grace (the initiative or plan of God) through faith and not of yourself.

Because everyone has sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23), all of us deserve His wrath and punishment. But, God in His infinite grace and mercy has provided a way that His wrath can be appeased and we can be reconciled to Him. That way is through the sacrificial death of His Son, Jesus Christ. He paid the price for our sins through His death on the cross. Hebrews 12:2 says that Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith. God’s saving grace is His gift to us. He is the ultimate example of One willing to suffer in obedience to God.  Jesus said, “It is finished” on the cross, the greatest act of love perfectly completed.

Lord, thank You for so great a salvation.

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