The Free Gift of God


This isn't a trick question! The answer is remarkably simple, though we oftentimes fall into the trap of over-complicating the elegant truth. What must we do? BELIEVE.

We are neither saved by works; nor by following God's Law; nor by enlightenment. Salvation encompasses what GOD has already done for US, not what WE can do for God. We have all sinned and cannot save ourselves through any effort of our own (Romans 3:23). Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died in our place on the cross and rose from the grave to forgive our sins (Romans 6:23). Therefore, the answer is as simple as what Paul and Silas told their jailer: “BELIEVE IN THE LORD JESUS...” (Acts 16:31). Simply believe in Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, who died and rose again to forgive your sins before a holy, perfect, and just God! For “Whoever believes in Him will have eternal life.” (John 3:15) 

Ephesians 2: 8-10 lays it out so clearly: “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, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” 

As we mature in faith and walk with God after our moment of belief, He can guide us...with His wisdom, not ours! Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” (James 4:8)

In this way the message of salvation is so remarkably beautiful; it is simple enough to be grasped by all, but profound enough to entail a lifetime of growth.

"But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life."
-Romans 5: 8-10

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