Process Toward Salvation: Step 1- Grace Through Faith
In our last issue we discussed the importance of “FAITH” in our salvation. We learned there is no salvation without faith, but that the works of faith must be fulfilled. This is called obedience. Faith is belief and acceptance in what is said. Romans 10:17. Rebellion is to reject that instruction, not ignorance. As I mentioned in the close, “GRACE” works with Faith. Let’s see how this works.
Ephesians 2:8-10 says, “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 we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” This doesn’t define for us “grace” but how grace and faith works together. Titus 2:11-14 helps, “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” Grace is God’s part in our salvation. It enables us to be in God’s good favor, thus granting justification and ultimately salvation.
This grace instructs us what to do: 1) deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, and then 2) live soberly, righteously, and godly, NOW in this present world. Christ instructs us, along with His apostles and inspired men of God, into how to do this. When I apply the faith in Ephesians, I understand God’s work letting me know how to live, thus it is not something men came up with, where men could boast. Through God’s instruction in Christ’s Law, the New Testament, we learn how to please God, and the life God wants us to live. Vs. 10 said this was God’s plan for man to live from the beginning! That’s why so many times Christ refers to the beginning in His answers to the Pharisees and Sadducees, along with the chief priests. With “faith/belief”, I listen to what He said, and apply it to my life. Doing so I fulfill the task of grace, both points above. In doing this, I will obey, and repent, confess Christ as the Son of God, and be baptized to receive forgiveness of sin, through the redemptive power of His blood. I rise out of that watery grave to walk soberly, righteously, and godly in my life. Now, I know how God wants me to live my life. God wants us to live without sin! 1 John 2:1-3.