Salvation is by grace.
A man once said, ‘It took me forty-three years to discover three things. Firs, that I could do nothing to save myself. Second, that God did not require me to do anything. Third, that Christ had done it all,’
By nature human beings are suspicious of anything that is offered free of charge. I read a story of a very wealthy man who stood in front of his house trying to give away hundred dollar bills. He found hardly any takers. Most people avoided him, or moved away. They could not believe that there was no trick in it.
It may be that we are to proud to accept ‘charity’, or afraid of hidden ‘strings’, but this suspicion and distrust is a terrible barrier. Old people refuse to seek financial help from the social services. Others in all kinds of need are reluctant to ask for what is freely offered, often because of pride: ‘I’ve always stood on my own feet, and I’m not going begging now.’
That is one reason why it is so hard for people to accept God’s grace, for grace means two simple things: bad deeds are no hindrance, and good deeds are no help when you come to God for salvation.
It does not matter what dreadful things you may have done in the past. They cannot put you beyond redemption. And it does not matter what good deeds you may have done in the past either. They cannot save you. Indeed, they may be a hindrance, if you come to God not empty-handed (as he requires) but with one hand full of your own goodness. It takes both hands empty to receive grace. As one song put it:
Nothing in my hand I bring,
Simply to thy cross I cling.
Salvation is ‘by grace’. It may take us a whole lifetime of struggling before we realize that there is no salvation that way, and learn that there is nothing a man can do to save himself. God requires nothing of us; Christ has done it all.
Biblical Accounts of God’s Grace!
For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.
He mocks proud mockers but gives grace to the humble.
Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.
And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him.
Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he canceled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”
From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another.
Grace (Necessary for Salvation)
No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are.”
and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many!
made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions–it is by grace you have been saved.
2 Timothy 1:9
who has saved us and called us to a holy life–not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,
Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines. For it is good that the heart be established by grace, not with foods which have not profited those who have been occupied with them.