KEY SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 2:8 ” for by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,”
Most MEN believe in earning whatever they could obtain. That is good yet, when it comes to salvation it is on a higher stage. The problem emanates from people’s misunderstanding about salvation. Salvation is not just turning over a new leaf. It is more than becoming a good man. Salvation is receiving a new life. 1Jn 5:13 “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have everlasting life”. One is saved because he or she has received eternal life replacing the nature of sin and death inherited from Adam and Eve. Romans 5:12″ Therefore, as sin entered into the world through one man, and death through sin; and so, death passed to all people, because all sinned”. All men who have proceeded from Adam and Eve inherited their nature of sin and death. This error cannot be corrected by the good works of any man. There must be a completely changed nature.
THIS is the reason our Lord Jesus had to die for all mankind. There was the need for the shedding of blood so our sins would be forgiven. Heb 9:22 ” According to the Law, nearly everything is cleansed with blood, and apart from shedding of blood there is no forgiveness”. Salvation is purely an act of God’s grace. It is not by any works of man, but simply counting on what Jesus did by laying His life as a ransom for all mankind.
What then is grace? The grace of God is all the goodness of God expressed through our Lord Jesus Christ towards men. In salvation it is the sacrificial death of our Lord Jesus for all mankind. Anyone who accepts it as his or her death receives the very life that Jesus gave. This life is called eternal life. 1John 5:13 ” These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have everlasting life” .As you can see we are not saved by our works but by counting on the goodness of God shown to all mankind through our Lord Jesus . Everyone can be saved if only you would believe on Jesus death for your sins. Someone asked, can a man continue living in sin and still claim to be saved, because he believes in Jesus? To still live in sin may mean you did not receive the life of God. You can’t have a new life and continue in the old ways. Dearly beloved one, open up your heart and truly believe on Jesus for a completely new life and a righteous way of living.
Thank you, heavenly Father, for giving over your Son Jesus to die for me. I repent from all my wrong ways and accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior.
John 3:16 ” For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that whoever believes in him will not perish, but have everlasting life”.
John 1:12 ” But as many as received him, to them he gave the right to become God’s children, to those who believe in his name”,