SALVATION BY GRACE ALONE
knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified. Gal.2:16
The trend today is to reinvent God in our own 21st century image, making God into a politically correct god who includes everyone in His man centered world. As we throw out the foundations of our Christian faith, we lose our moorings and begin to wander aimlessly through life. I believe it is important for us to return to the foundational truths of our Christian faith. One of these foundational truths is called justification. Justification, being declared righteous before God, comes only by grace through faith. It is the only way into a relationship with the Living God. Here are some of the words of Martin Luther, his teaching on grace and justification radically changed our western world.
“The true way of salvation is this. First, a person must realize that he is a sinner, the kind of a sinner who is congenitally unable to do any good thing. “Whatsoever is not of faith, is sin.” Those who seek to earn the grace of God by their own efforts are trying to please God with sins. They mock God, and provoke His anger. The first step on the way to salvation is to repent. The second part is this. God sent His only-begotten Son into the world that we may live through His merit. He was crucified and killed for us. By sacrificing His Son for us God revealed Himself to us as a merciful Father who donates remission of sins, righteousness, and life everlasting for Christ’s sake. God hands out His gifts freely unto all men. That is the praise and glory of His mercy.”
Some would say to believe like this is to narrow minded and not inclusive enough. I would say it is biblical. Many people want to throw out God’s clear plan of salvation which is revealed in His word because of the pressure and rationalism of the secular voices all around them. The question is not which way do you believe, the question is to do you accept the Bible as the inspired, infallible Word of God and what does that mean? The world has always rejected the word of God and His followers. You have to ask yourself the question, do I value the approval of the world’s idea of righteousness or do I value God’s only plan of salvation by grace through faith? You cannot have it both ways.