Salvation is simple; man with his carnal and debased mind is the one who complicates things.
Ephesians 1:7-8 7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace 8, which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence.
Salvation is just that simple, and it is only by the grace of God.
There is nothing you can do to earn salvation since it is a gift. (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, lest anyone should boast. If there was something we had to do to earn salvation, then salvation would actually be a wage and not a free gift. It truly is the perfect work on the cross and the shed blood of Jesus that provides for our adoption as children of God. You go to work and if you do your job well, your boss hands you a check, you have earned it. You still need to thank him or her since they allow you to keep your job, but the money handed to you is a result of your efforts, your works. Salvation in Christ Jesus is not the same as a job, and yet I have heard it preached “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling,” This is a verse in the bible and if left by itself appears to be a command for action toward salvation. The problem is, any verse in the bible can and sometimes is taken out of context and turned into another form of man’s doctrines. I am not saying the preacher is bad that preaches a work related salvation, we all are broken clay vessels and capable of missing the point. This is especially true if we fail to verify the word we read, by other text in the bible. Some may ask, what about all of the sacrifices, tasks, and works that had to be done in the Old Testament? True there are several verses in the Old Testament that tell of works that had to be done to please God and the consequences of not doing them were drastic and even resulted in death. We forget about the cross; the only bridge between the Old and New covenant.
Long before the Law of Moses came to the children of Israel, God found a man by the name of Abram to be a man of faith. Genesis 15:6 “And he (Abram) believed in the Lord, and He (God) accounted it to him for righteousness.” Belief, or faith in another term, is what God is looking for in us. (Hebrews 11:6) “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” In James 2:18, 20, & 26, faith and works are put together and James is clear that if you say you have faith then you should have works that follow as fruit of your faith. Faith is an action word and we are all called to live a life worthy of our call. Romans 2:4, tells us that it is the goodness of God that draws people to repentance. Therefore our religious work does not make us righteous before God, but should be a fruit of our love for Him and what He did for us. How else can people see the goodness of God except through His children, Christians in their daily life? God is in the business of restoration and restoration comes through Jesus and is best shown through His people. If we tell people we have faith then our walk should be one with power and purity that can only come from walking according to the word. This has nothing to do with our actual salvation. If you truly believe that Jesus was and is the son of God, that He died on the cross for your salvation, that He rose again and now sits at the right hand of God as the word tells us, and if you confess that Jesus is your Lord and Savior with your mouth, then you are saved. You cannot live a good enough life to please God; end of story, Romans 10:8-11. If you continue to live a life of sin and act unworthy of the grace given to you by God, than you are at risk of being out of His protection even though you are His child, Galatians 4:6. You will still go to heaven as long as you believe and confess, but you will most likely get there sooner then you want if you’re still living a sinful life. It’s your actions that are keeping you out from under the protection of God. God still loves you just like a parent loves their child even when the child had done something wrong and needs discipline. (Romans 8:38 & 39) Your actions will always speak louder than your words. Corinthians 3:13-15 clearly tells us that what we do will be judged in the Day of Judgment. All actions according to the word of God receives a reward, and if anyone has taught or done anything contrary to the word of God, he will suffer loss for his actions, but he himself will be saved as though through fire. John 3:16 is very clear and supports Ephesians 1:7, our forgiven sins only come through the blood of Jesus and are a free gift according to the grace and love of God. You cannot earn it so quit wearing yourself out trying to get what you already have. And stop working to pay for the free gift that has already been given to you.
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