KEY SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 2:8 & 9″for by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, that no one would boast.
Some people argue that when a man asked our Lord Jesus about how to enter into life, the Lord said in Matthew 19:17,” …. that if you would enter into life keep the commandments” These people claim that if the Lord said so then we are not saved by grace but by keeping the commandments.
Please I would like us to follow the story critically (Matt 19:16–.26 The Lord said to the man to keep the commandments if he wanted to enter into life. The man also said he had kept all the commandments from his youth. Now if the Lord really meant that keeping the commandment was the way to life would he had said anything further? The Lord added the following. Matthew 19:21 Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” The Bible said when the man heard this statement he went away sad.
The Lord added that it would be more difficult for a camel to enter the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. At this saying, the disciples asked, who then can be saved? The Lord added the following Mat 19:26 NHEB Looking at them, Jesus said, “With humans this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Please consider the statement of our Lord Jesus. He says over here that it is impossible for a man to be saved by his abilities. How then can one be saved? Our key scripture gives us the answer which agrees perfectly with what the Lord would have his disciples learn. Eph 2:8 & 9″ for by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, that no one would boast. Salvation is not in the ability of man.
Isaiah 53:6 reads “We all like sheep have gone astray. Everyone has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. This was written about Him a thousand years before He was born. Jesus died that anyone who believes in Him should not perish
This is what the grace of God is all about.
Stop depending on your efforts to be saved. Believe on Jesus today. The following is a prayer you can pray to welcome Him into your life.
Dear heavenly father I surrender my life to the Lordship of Jesus today. I confess that He died for my sins and rose up to life again after the third day.
Galatians 3:10 NHEB. For as many as are of the works of the law are under a curse. For it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things that are written in the book of the law, to do them.”
Galatians 3:11 NHEB” Now it is evident that no one is justified by the law before God, for, “The righteous will live by faith.”