Salvation through Grace, not by Works!

Saved by Grace

Commentary By:  Gordon King

Getting saved, born again, just what does it involve?

There are many other so-called Christians who will tell you that not only must you repent and believe in Jesus, but they say many things such as you must also be baptized, or belong to a church.  Many say that you must read the bible and pray to God daily.  And there are even those that say that you must tithe and do good works!  Is any or all of this true?

Well my friends, none of this is true, don’t believe a word of it!  Scripture never tells us that we must do anything to be saved.  Salvation is a free gift from God, apart from works.

Ephesians 2:8-9

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”

There are those believers who are very adamant that a person must be baptized in water before they can be saved.  Well, isn’t that a “work”?  Or you must belong to a church, or tithe, or read the bible!  All of these are “works” my friends, none of which will save us!

If we do anything other than repenting of our sins and believing in Jesus Christ as God our Savior, then it is of our own doing, and not from God!  We must understand this, it is God who saves us not anything that we could ever do or have ever done!  Period!

You cannot be saved by attending church, or by reading the bible, you cannot even be saved just by believing that Jesus Christ is God.  Even Satan believes that Jesus Christ is God!  Is Satan saved?  No!  He believes in God, but he does not submit to God, he rebels against God!

You must repent of your sins, then believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.  Believe that He came into this world in the flesh, as both a man and God, as a sacrifice for your sins.  You must do this and submit to God, then and only then will you be saved!  It involves a choice to turn your life over to God, according to His will not your own.

But some will argue that repenting of ones sins is a work!  No, it’s not a work, but a change of heart, a change in attitude, and a willingness to stop living in sin and live for Christ!

Some say that the sinners prayer is wrong, and that by saying it you will not be saved.  Well, that is partly true.  If you do not repent first of your sins you will not be saved.  However, if you do this first, then believe and say the sinners prayer, submitting yourself to God, making Him your Lord, then you will be saved!

Some people will try to deceive you into believing many things, many which are just not true!  In order to be a Christian you only have to repent and accept Jesus Christ (God) as your savior!  That’s it, nothing more, nothing less!  You don’t have to attend church, you don’t even have to pray!  Although as believers we should be doing these things.

When we become a Christian, we are given a living spirit, we have become a new creation in Christ!

2 Corinthians 5:17

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

As a new creation in Jesus Christ, that is us in Christ and Christ in us, we will want to please the Lord.  We will be seeking the Lord, giving thanks to the Lord, and worshiping the Lord!  We will want to search the scriptures, be around other believers, and perform God’s will here on earth!

As believers in Jesus Christ we are no longer condemned under the Law!  This was the Old Covenant, we are under a New Covenant with God.  We are not to follow religious practices in order to retain our salvation, nor to get God’s approval, or to get God to love us more!  God has already saved the born-again, He has saved us and justified us by His grace not by works, and He loves us as much now as the day we were saved!  Nothing we could do would make God love us any more or any less!  We must understand this as believers in Jesus Christ!

We are not bound by legalism, meaning that we are free to do as we choose.  Does this mean that we should go about breaking the commandments?  No!  Absolutely not!  If we are saved, then we should love God with all of our hearts, this means that we will want to keep His commandments although we are not bound by them! 

And if we break the commandments, although we will not lose our salvation because of it, we will have a penalty to pay if we do not turn from it and ask the Lord to forgive us!  There is still a penalty for all sin committed here on earth, whether or not you are a believer or an unbeliever!  There are consequences for all of our actions.  We reap what we sow.  However, as believers in Jesus Christ, if we turn from our sin and ask the Lord to forgive us He will!

1 John 1:7-9

But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

We are saved, and we are forgiven.  We will sin, we are human!  God knows this, none of us are perfect, not one!  Do you think that when you sin no one knows about it?  That if you just keep quiet, no one will know, not even God. 

Then when you decide to tell God, You: “Lord I’m so sorry to have to tell you this..”,  God: “Oh my!  What have you done now?” 

Is this how you think it goes?  That it’s a surprise to God that you have sinned?!  Remember, God knows everything, every hair on your head, or lack of (ha, ha!), every thought in your mind, everything!  He is Omniscient!  Nothing is a shock to God, nothing!

We are saved by grace, justified and found righteous by the blood of Jesus Christ!  That’s it, nothing more!  Don’t let anyone tell you different!  If they do then it’s a different doctrine then taught by Christ Himself.

God loves us so much, and I really don’t believe that most Christians really have a grasp of this reality!  I have been filled with His love, anointed with His love, yet I don’t really know just how much He loves me!  I do know that it’s much, much, more than I could ever imagine!  It’s unconditional and everlasting!

I believe that if we truly understood just how much God loves us, then we would all be different believers.  We would give everything we have to perform God’s will on earth as it is in heaven!  Myself included!

All believers are growing, learning, searching, and seeking the Lord, at least we should be.  There comes times when the Lord reveals things to us, gives us sight, clarity, and understanding.  This is when we become more Christ like, being sanctified, made holy, righteous, and pure.

God Almighty, Yahweh, Lord of all, please hear my prayers.  Forgive us of our sins, and cleanse us of our unrighteousness!  I pray for You to give all of Your children the ability to sense Your never-ending, unconditional love!  Show us more of Yourself, reveal to us the knowledge of Your wisdom, Your presence, and Your ways.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen

God bless my brothers and sisters in Christ!  May the good Lord anoint us with His Holy Spirit and guide us in His ways!    Maranatha!

6 thoughts on “Salvation through Grace, not by Works!

  1. So you only believe in some of the bible right? What about Acts 2:38 where Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit”. Besides, why would Jesus, who was sinless to begin with, get baptized (which was the work of John the Baptist) and have the Holy Spirit descend on Him live a dove if it wasn’t as an example to us? Wasn’t everything Jesus did later to be done by us?

  2. Thanks for your comment Paul.

    There are many types of baptism Paul, not just in physical water! John the baptist baptizing in water was a fore shadowing of things to come, representing the baptism of the Holy Spirit, not baptism in water!

    Jesus getting baptized was to show us that He was the chosen One, the Son of God. It also represented the baptism of the Holy Spirit, hence the dove. This represents what will happen to us when we accept Jesus, we will be filled with the Holy Spirit of God!

    We are told to be baptized in water “after” our salvation, this does not however, save us! It is done as a demonstration of our faith in Christ, not for salvation.

    I don’t know about you, but I can tell you for a fact that I was saved once I repented of my sins and accepted Christ! That’s a fact! I was not baptized in physical water for many years later.

    God bless!

  3. I was born again and about 5years later baptized in the Spirit and then was baptized by full immersion as a public demonstration of my faith some 5years later!
    God bless brother Gordon!
    Christine

  4. Hi Gordon. I do not normally mingle in human affairs but I will on this occasion so pardon my intrusion.

    Gordon King said, “I don’t know about you, but I can tell you for a fact that I was saved once I repented of my sins and accepted Christ! That’s a fact! I was not baptized in physical water for many years later.”

    Fact? That’s just your opinion. If you are in sin or a sinner, you are a dead man trying to be saved. If you are not a sinner because you believe in Jesus Christ, then you are saved. Jesus Christ said, Do not sin.” So if you believe in Jesus Christ, you do not sin and you are saved through faith in Jesus Christ. But if you sin, you are definitely not saved because you do not believe in Jesus Christ.
    Straight forward and simple to understand.

    If you really are in “fact” saved, like concrete fact, have you been shown that your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life by Jesus Christ through Divine Revelation or Vision or Visitation?

  5. Well Purveyor, I can tell you without a doubt that I was saved upon repenting of my sins and accepting Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, that is a fact!

    Everyone sins Purveyor, even Christians. If you say that you do not sin then you are a liar.

    1 John 1:8
    “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

    If you are a believer you are not perfect, only Jesus was perfect. We will not be made perfect until the day of our redemption.

    If this were not true then why does the apostle Paul teach throughout the New Testament for believers not to sin? It is full of scripture telling us not to sin.

    Philippians 1:6
    “being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ”

    Jesus Christ began a good work in us upon our salvation, He did not complete it until the day of our redemption. We have not been given new, immortal, and perfect bodies until Christ comes for us and changes us completely.

    That is why we are told to put on the full armor of God, that we may withstand the wiles of the devil! In order to battle sin, the devil, and the flesh. In order for us not to sin.

    The difference between unbelievers and believers is that believers are forgiven because of their faith in Jesus Christ, plain and simple! We are being continuously cleansed of sin by the blood of Christ. Does this give us a free reign to sin? Absolutely not, yet we still do. And just because we do sin does not mean that we are living in sin! Two different things, there is committing sin, and there is living a sinful lifestyle.

    I don’t need to see the Lamb’s Book of Life to know that I am saved, I have God within me to know. God speaks to me, isn’t that enough? It is for me!

    God bless!

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