“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
- No one will ever be good enough to earn their salvation. You are not saved when your good outweighs your bad. God’s grace is the only thing that enables us to be assured of eternal life. Jesus shed His blood on the cross because there was no other way. Jesus plus anything else does not equal salvation. Salvation is Jesus, only Jesus. Our heart for Christ and a life committed to Him is what produces the fruit in our lives. We must understand that He is the only way. There are a lot of people who do good things and have no relationship with Christ. All the good things they do will not earn them salvation. Without Jesus Christ in their life they are bound for hell when they pass from this life. We must never assume someone is saved because they are a “good person”. Ask them to tell you about their faith. If they know Christ, they will be glad to share their story with you. Their salvation is far more important than any discomfort you, or they, may feel.
- We cannot do enough good to be saved and doing good will not keep us saved. The nicest, most giving person in the world is headed for Hell unless Jesus Christ becomes their Lord and Savior. God’s grace is our salvation when our faith is in Jesus Christ. Nothing we can do apart from Jesus will save us! Our salvation, growth and maturity as Christians does not come from our actions, it comes from our relationship with Jesus Christ. Good works through Jesus Christ reap great benefits but good works apart from Jesus reap no rewards and will never assure your salvation. His grace and your faith will save you. Your works are never a part of the equation. Once you submit yourself to Jesus Christ and allow Him to be your Savior and your Lord, good will follow. Good follows salvation…it never causes it.
- Is your love for others deep enough that you would share Jesus with them?
John 14:6 “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.””