For those who are in Christ, salvation is not based on our own works, but on the grace and mercy of God. Through Jesus Christ, God has given us the greatest gift of all – the gift of grace and salvation. You are saved by grace and not by works. Paul emphasizes the importance of grace in the process of salvation in Ephesians 2:5–9. This is important as he explains that even when we were dead in our sins, God quickened us together with Christ (made us alive), raised us up, and seated us in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. This was all done by grace, which is a free and unmerited gift from God. Paul goes on to say that salvation is not by works, as no man should boast in their own efforts. Rather, it is by faith and a gift from God, something for which we should be thankful.
In Galatians 1:3–4, Paul further testifies that salvation is by grace when he says, "Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father."
The Galatians church was facing a problem in that they had stopped believing in grace and were embracing the law. Paul asked them, "O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath evidently set forth, crucified among you? Only this would I learn of you: Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are you so foolish? "Having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh" (Galatians 3:1–3)?
The answer is clear, as Paul makes it obvious that salvation is not based on our works but rather on grace and faith. Again, we are saved by grace and faith, not by our own efforts. We must accept this free gift from God and trust in God's saving grace. We must also remember that it is not something we can earn, but something we must receive.
The gift of salvation is not something to be taken lightly, but something we must be grateful for. We must recognize that we are only able to receive grace and salvation because of what Jesus Christ has done for us.
He, and he alone, gave Himself for our sins, so that we may be delivered from this present evil world and be seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. This is why Paul emphasizes the importance of grace in the process of salvation. We are not able to save ourselves but must accept the free gift of grace and salvation that God has given us.
We must also remember that this is not something we can earn, but something we must receive through faith. We must trust in the Lord, be thankful for His grace, and use this gift to live a life of faith and obedience. The price of your sin has been paid. Scripture declares, "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" (Ephesians 2:8–9).
We are so blessed to have the gift of grace and salvation available to us through Jesus Christ. We must accept this free gift with gratitude and humility and use it to live a life of faith and obedience. May we always remember and be thankful for the grace and salvation that Jesus has freely given and the priceless price He paid for our sins.
(c) Apostle Jonas Clark
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