Is belief in Christ sufficient for your salvation or do you need to do something after receiving His free “gift of salvation”? Some groups teach that once you have put your faith in Christ you must do something to make your salvation secure. But what did our Master say? “It is finished!” (John 19:30).
Claiming that an individual must do something to earn their place in heaven is saying that the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ was not enough! What an insult to God!
It is not Do, but Done.
It is not for us to Try, but to Trust.
It is not by Attainment, but by Atonement.
It is not by our Merit, but by God's Mercy.
Jesus took our Place that we might have His Peace.
He took our Sin that we might have His Salvation.
Jesus died among Sinners, that we might dwell among Saints.
Christ became the Son of Man, that we might become the Sons of God!
Jesus Christ came to a world in which there is no light, that He might take us to a world in which there is no darkness.
When it comes to spiritual issues a key question is: Is the work of salvation complete, or can we add anything to His finished work?
I remember a story told to me many years ago. It seems that an old man once said it took him forty years to learn three simple things. The first was that he could not do anything to save himself; the second was that God did not expect him to; and the third was that Christ had done it all, and all he had to do was to accept the accomplished fact.
(1) You can’t; God never said you could. – He can; He always said He would!
(2) You will never feel gratitude for things you feel entitled to.
“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” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
(1) Nothing to do is true with regard to earning salvation. The normal response of one who has gained salvation is to respond in love to their Savior which includes loving service and work on His behalf.
(2) This is a recycled/modified ALN post (used previously in early 2010 by a different title).