Saved by Grace

  • Phil 3 v.9: And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
  • Eph. 2 v.8-9: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

“For by grace are ye saved through faith”, saving grace of God is the expression of His goodness toward the undeserving. Grace means unmerited favor, and can be expressed by the acrostic “God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense”. This grace is the basis of our salvation (Eph 1 v.7). In salvation, men who deserve hell obtain heaven. This cannot be explained apart from God’s grace. Every conversion in Scripture is an example of God’s grace. When Paul (Saul) met the Lord on the Damascus Road, Paul was a persecutor of the church. Yet God made him one of the church’s chief preachers. We need to remember that we are saved, given the Holy Spirit, and allowed to serve God, by His grace.

Saving Faith is part of humanity’s response to God in the salvation experience. It is as simple as looking to Jesus for salvation (John 3 v.14-16). Saving faith is both simple and complex. It is as simple as a drowning man reaching for a rope, yet at the same time it sets in motion all the judicial machinery of heaven, in keeping with the ultimate purpose of God. While believing is simple, there are some for whom it is too simple, and they find that difficult. In the Scriptures, the intensity of one’s faith is not as important as its object. Often belief in the gospel produces an emotional response (Acts 16 v.34), although, because individual personalities differ, it is not wise to use emotion as a test of faith. Ultimately, saving faith is called “conversion.” An Illustration would be when the Philippian jailer asked, “what must I do to be saved?” (Thus reflecting a spirit of repentance), Paul and Silas responded, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16 v.30-31). To be saved a person must trust Christ alone for his salvation.

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