OUR SALVATION IS PROVIDED FOR BY GRACE

Salvation (Photo by Pastor Davis)

In our studies today, we want to focus your attention on two words, and those two words are SALVATION and GRACE.  In all of our studies, if we don’t comprehend the importance of these two words, we will fail to achieve the eternal life that God has promised.

QUESTION 1:  WHAT IS SALVATION?

SALVATION IS a personal encounter with Jesus Christ Himself! Even though others may help you and pray for you, it is your personal prayers that must be, to the Father, through the Son, and in the Holy Ghost. No human being has the ability to absolve you from your sins! Confessing to a PASTOR or some other lay person may help relieve the guilt of one’s transgressions, but only MASTER JESUS can wash away your sinful past.

SALVATION IS true repentance! It is far more than “being forgiven.” In fact true repentance involves at least the following steps:

Admitting that you are a sinner and acknowledging that you need a Savior.

Asking God for Jesus sake to forgive you of all sins that are past!

Faith to believe in Jesus and that you are truly forgiven for your years of living in wickedness.

Thanking the Lord for His marvelous grace that redeems your poor lost soul.

Forsaking all known sin that had, for so long, been a part of your existence.

SALVATION IS a total commitment to Jesus Christ! In the “saved” condition you will continually seek and pray for new ways to live while being “in this world, but not of this world.”

SALVATION IS growth in grace! A brand new saint will find that he or she is saved from sin, and has a deep desire that drives one to grow more like Jesus every day. There will in time come a gradual realization that initial SALVATION rids one of all the “bad” things of life; but there is a need to consecrate everything to Him to the point that we are free of the bondage of the “good” things as well.

QUESTION 2:  WHAT IS GRACE?

Paul says in Romans chapter five, that we are justified by faith (v. 1). Faith means trusting God to love us, because of what he did in Jesus Christ, and entrusting ourselves wholeheartedly to that divine love. Salvation is by grace–we do not deserve God’s favor toward us and we can never earn it. We access this grace by faith, which means that we must always look outside ourselves for our SALVATION (2 Tim. 1:12).

We cannot perform the work which results in our salvation, for Jesus has already done that, once for all time. We cannot add to that finished work, or improve on it. We can only trust God to be gracious to us as he promises in Christ. If we picture grace as the room of God’s favor, we may think of faith as the door into that room (Rom. 5:1-2).

God accepts us because of Christ’s work on our behalf. We enjoy that grace by accepting it as fact, trusting it as sufficient, and throwing ourselves on it in total and eternal abandon, to become servants of righteousness and true holiness in Christ. We do not earn God’s favor. We cannot ever please Him enough to be given His blessings. We certainly could never pay for our own sins and be saved. But in Christ, God has brought together the justice that is his nature and the weakness that is ours: Christ became a man and took our place.

God’s grace deals with the weakness of our flesh because salvation does not depend on our weak flesh — Jesus has earned it for us already! It also takes into account God’s holiness, because sin is punished–by the death of God’s sinless Son! And so Paul can say to the Ephesians Christians For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast (Eph. 2:8-9).

Therefore, let us attune our minds to the truth of God’s word, and get understand and know without a shadow of doubt that,  “OUR SALVATION IS PROVIDED FOR BY GRACE!”

 

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