Our salvation brings together two important decisions. The first decision is the one God made long ago to send His Son into the world to be our one and only Savior. The second is our decision to receive His Son as YOUR Savior.
“For it is by grace you have been saved through faith and not of yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
GRACE is defined as unmerited or unearned favor. Grace is God’s part in salvation, and He extends His favor to mankind in the form of the perfect gift, Jesus Christ. Through the cross, Jesus made the full payment for the penalty of our sins. And through Jesus, the personified grace of God, no amount of good works is required of us, or could ever be paid by us. We cannot earn our salvation; it is a free gift available to all, requiring no payment on our part.🙇🏽🙌
FAITH is defined as evidence that something exists even though it cannot be physically seen or touched. Faith is needed for our part in salvation, and by faith, as an act of our will, we choose to surrender our lives to God by making Jesus the Lord of our life. Having received by faith God’s grace through Jesus Christ, you are undoubtedly, without question destined for an eternity with God in heaven. You can be 100% certain of that fact! 🙇🏽💒
While good works cannot earn our salvation, they do play an important role in living out our Christian life after we’ve received Jesus.
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10
God has a specific purpose for each of our lives, the details of which are largely between you and Him. But God has a common purpose for all of His children, and that is that we put our faith into action by doing good works. When we do, we fulfill an important part of God’s plan for our lives, and we have the privilege of shining His love to others. Salvation is both a new beginning and an ending and is cause for celebration. You are a new creation, forever changed!