Although producing good works are a byproduct of the spiritual transformation from salvation, they are not what saves us. It is God’s grace and His grace alone. This brings us to our key text coming out of Galatians 2:16, 21 (KJV). The Word of the Lord reads:
16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified…21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
It is common to hear people say, “As long as I do good things in this world, I’ll go to heaven.” Some believe that going to church every Sunday, Bible study every Wednesday, and attending all the church events in between saves their soul. Others think that as long as they give to the poor and be kind to others their coat tails will escape the singe of hell. Paul tells us in this text, however, that no matter what works a man does, the only thing that can save his soul is God’s grace. If we had to achieve salvation by the works we fulfilled, that would mean: 1.) we don’t need God, and 2.) we could save ourselves. How many of us know that couldn’t be farther from the truth? Humans are always messing up in some way or another. Hence, it would be impossible for us to save ourselves simply based on our sinful nature. We need God’s grace, and we should thank Him for it everyday.
So How does one achieve salvation by grace? Romans 10:9 –10 says, “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord’: and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.”
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