Does Grace Alone Save?

The Christian stands in grace (1 Pet. 5: 12), grow in (2 Pet. 3: 18), and is to be strong in grace (2 Tim. 2: 1). Grace (charis) is God’s favor. We are called by grace (Gal. 1: 15), justified by grace (Tit. 3: 7), and we are established by grace (Heb. 13: 9). The Bible also says we are saved by grace (Eph. 2: 5, 8). However, are we saved by grace alone?

If saved by grace alone, all would be saved. Beloved, Paul said God’s grace “brings salvation”, but he also affirmed God’s grace “hath appeared to all men” (Tit. 2: 11). God has certainly done his job in universally extending grace. If it were just a matter of salvation by grace alone, all would be saved. However, not all are saved (Matt. 7: 13-14). Hence, there is more involved than grace alone! Continue reading

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How Do I Get into Heaven?

 

God’s Love and Purpose

God loves you and desires that you have eternal life.

1Ti 2:3For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,

1Ti 2:4 who will have all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

1Jn 4:16And we have known and believed the love that God has in us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

God wants us to live forever, but something separates us from God and keeps us from having eternal life. What is causing the division?

Our Problem: Separation and Judgment

Sin.

Sin separates us from God. We were created with the ability to choose. However, we choose to disobey God and sin.

Rom 3:23for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God,

Isa 59:2But your iniquities have come between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you, from hearing.

Psa 24:3Who shall go up into the hill of Jehovah? Or who shall stand in His holy place?

Psa 24:4He who has clean hands and a pure heart; who has not lifted up his soul to vanity, and has not sworn deceitfully.

 

Sin makes our hands dirty and our hearts impure. Therefore, we are not able to get into heaven.

Because of our sin, we deserve punishment.

Rom 6:23a“For the wages of sin is death…”

God wants to forgive you, but he must also punish sin.

Heb 9:22And almost all things are by the law purged with blood, and without shedding of blood is no remission.

As you can see, in order to be forgiven, punishment must take place.

God’s Provision: Christ

God provides a way to satisfy both justice and his desire to forgive you.

Isa 53:6All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, each one to his own way; and Jehovah has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

Joh 3:16For God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Joh 3:17For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but so that the world might be saved through Him.

Joh 3:18He who believes on Him is not condemned, but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only-begotten Son of God.

Rom 5:8But God commends His love toward us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.

Jesus took the punishment for you. Jesus died on the cross and rose from the grave to pay the penalty of our sin. Jesus bridges the ravine separating us from God.

God provided the only way to be saved. The only way to get to heaven is through Jesus Christ. The good news is this gift is offered to whoever will accept it. This gift is given freely out of God’s love.

Joh 14:6Jesus said to him, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father but by Me.

Act 4:12And there is salvation in no other One; for there is no other name under Heaven given among men by which we must be saved.

Rom 6:23b …but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord

We cannot earn this gift. We don’t deserve it. However, we can have it if we accept it.

Eph 2:4But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love with which He loved us

Eph 2:5(even when we were dead in sins) has made us alive together with Christ (by grace you are saved),

Eph 2:6and has raised us up together and made us sit together in the heavenlies in Christ Jesus,

Eph 2:7so that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

Eph 2:8For by grace you are saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God,

Eph 2:9not of works, lest anyone should boast.

Our Response: Repent and Believe

You can be forgiven and be saved if you believe in Jesus as your savior.

God promise that whoever confesses and believes in Jesus will be saved.

How to receive Christ:
Receiving Christ is as easy as A-B-C.

A – Admit your sins

You must first repent of your sins. This means turning away from them and asking God to forgive you.

Act 3:19Therefore repent and convert so that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.

B – Believe and Confess

What does it mean to believe? It means to trust your life to Jesus. If you jump out of a falling airplane with a parachute, you don’t just know the parachute will save you. You believe it! You trust your life to the parachute. Similarly, believing in Jesus means trusting your eternal life to him.

Act 16:31And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved, and your household.

Rom 10:9Because if you confess the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.

Rom 10:10For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth one confesses unto salvation.

Rom 10:13For everyone, “whoever shall call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

C – Call on Jesus as Your Savior

Through prayer, invite Jesus to come in and control your life through the Holy Spirit. If you are not sure how to pray, use the following prayer as an example, (saying these words will not save you, but trusting in Christ will)

“Father, I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my past sinful life toward you. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again. I believe that your son, Jesus Christ died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey You, and to do Your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”

If you sincerely prayed this prayer and asked Jesus to come into your life, God has done something wonderful for you!

Rom 5:1Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

1Jn 5:12He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.

1Jn 5:13I have written these things to you who believe on the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have everlasting life, and that you may believe on the name of the Son of God.

What Now:

 

    • Just below this line is a link to help you find a church.
  • Get baptized as commanded by Christ.
  • Tell someone else about your new faith in Christ.
  • Spend time with God each day. It does not have to be a long period of time. Just develop the daily habit of praying to Him and reading His Word. Ask God to increase your faith and your understanding of the Bible.
  • Seek fellowship with other followers of Jesus. Develop a group of believing friends to answer your questions and support you.
  • Find a local church where you can worship God.

Find Your Church

 

and let us consider one another to provoke to love and to good works,not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. Heb 10:24-25

May God bless you in your new life in Christ. Praise God for his love, grace, and mercy on us! God bless you as you continue to grow closer to Him through the Holy Spirit.


Prayer for Salvation

Below is an example of a prayer of salvation if you find yourself wondering what you could possible pray. I’m not recommending that you use the same words, but for it to only be of a guide for you to find your own words from your heart, to our Lord.

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Father God, I recognize that I have not lived my life for You. I have been living for myself and that is wrong. I need You in my life; I want You in my life. I acknowledge the completed work of Your Son Jesus Christ in giving His life for me on the cross at Calvary, and that You Father God, raised Him from the dead. I long to receive the forgiveness you have made freely available to me through this sacrifice. Come into my life now, Lord. Take up residence in my heart and be my king, my Lord, and my Savior. From this day forward, I will no longer be controlled by sin, or the desire to please myself, but I will follow You all the days of my life. Those days are in Your hands. I ask this in Jesus’ precious and holy name. Amen.

The Interview of Nicodemus with Jesus

John 3:1-3:21

3:1 Now there was among the Pharisees a man named Nicodemus, who was one of the rulers of the Jews.
2 He came to Jesus by night and said to him, Rabbi, we are certain that you have come from God as a teacher, because no man would be able to do these signs which you do if God was not with him.
3 Jesus said to him, Truly, I say to you, Without a new birth no man is able to see the kingdom of God.
4 Nicodemus said to him, How is it possible for a man to be given birth when he is old? Is he able to go into his mother’s body a second time and come to birth again?
5 Jesus said in answer, Truly, I say to you, If a man’s birth is not from water and from the Spirit, it is not possible for him to go into the kingdom of God.
6 That which has birth from the flesh is flesh, and that which has birth from the Spirit is spirit.
7 Do not be surprised that I say to you, It is necessary for you to have a second birth.
8 The wind goes where its pleasure takes it, and the sound of it comes to your ears, but you are unable to say where it comes from and where it goes: so it is with everyone whose birth is from the Spirit.
9 And Nicodemus said to him, How is it possible for these things to be?
10 And Jesus, answering, said, Are you the teacher of Israel and have no knowledge of these things?
11 Truly, I say to you, We say that of which we have knowledge; we give witness of what we have seen; and you do not take our witness to be true.
12 If you have no belief when my words are about the things of earth, how will you have belief if my words are about the things of heaven?
13 And no one has ever gone up to heaven but he who came down from heaven, the Son of man.
14 As the snake was lifted up by Moses in the waste land, even so it is necessary for the Son of man to be lifted up:
15 So that whoever has faith may have in him eternal life.
16 For God had such love for the world that he gave his only Son, so that whoever has faith in him may not come to destruction but have eternal life.
17 God did not send his Son into the world to be judge of the world; he sent him so that the world might have salvation through him.
18 The man who has faith in him does not come up to be judged; but he who has no faith in him has been judged even now, because he has no faith in the name of the only Son of God.
19 And this is the test by which men are judged: the light has come into the world and men have more love for the dark than for the light, because their acts are evil.
20 The light is hated by everyone whose acts are evil and he does not come to the light for fear that his acts will be seen.
21 But he whose life is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his acts have been done by the help of God.

Commentary:

Joh 3:7  Marvel not that I said unto thee,…., For Nicodemus was quite astonished, at this doctrine of the new birth; it was altogether new to him, and unheard of by him; nor could he understand, nor conceive in what manner it could be:

ye must be born again; in “four” of Beza’s copies, it is read “we”; but as Christ was not begotten in a carnal way, or descended not from Adam in the ordinary way of generation, he was not carnal and corrupt, nor in the least tainted with sin; and so stood in no need of regeneration; wherefore such a reading must be rejected. There is a necessity of the regeneration of those, who are the chosen of God, and the redeemed of the Lamb; and of them only can the Continue reading