In my previous post, I mentioned that salvation has 3 elements.
- Salvation is always by blood
- Salvation is always through a person
- Salvation is always by grace
I talked about salvation is always by blood. Now I shall cover the last two.
Salvation is always through a person.
I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the LORD.’
Salvation only comes from the Lord and no one else. It cannot come from:
- Church membership
- Good works
- Keeping the law
As Jesus said clearly,
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Salvation is found only in Jesus. If there was any other way for man to be saved, Jesus would have died for nothing.
The third point about salvation is that:
Salvation is always by grace.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.
In this verse, Paul contrasted grace and works. The opposite of grace is works. What is the difference? Grace is undeserved and free while works is deserved and a result of our self-effort.
Man always believes that he is capable of determining his destiny and able to save themselves. That religion is a crutch for the weak. Unfortunately, the Bible says otherwise. Man cannot reach God through his works. We are sinful and can do nothing good. God desires perfection from us. And perfection can only be found in Jesus’ work on the cross.
Jesus has finished the work. All we need is to believe in the finished work. That’s the only work you can do – believe. You say it sounds too good to be true! Indeed it is. That’s what grace is all about. Jesus became a man so that He could die for your sins. Not because we deserve to be saved but because He loves you and wants a relationship with you.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
No other bargain in the world can compare to what God has offered us. Jesus offers to take away your sins so that you can receive His righteousness for free. Have you accepted this free gift?