Thursday, September 1, 2016

SAVED BY GRACE - By Robert E. Hanna

Robert E. Hanna

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 2:8-10

"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." Many who blindly seek to find favor with God are engaged in a constant search for ways in which they can pay their way into heaven by doing. They try one approach after another, looking for some kind of work to perform which will earn their salvation, inquiring hither and yon, asking of this one and that one: "What can I do to win eternal life?"

The Philippianjailor asked of Paul and Silas, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, BELIEVE ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, and thou shalt be saved" (Acts 16:30, 31). Plainly, there was no instruction as to any work to be performed, no law to be obeyed or ritual to be observed. Simply BELIEVE. Human nature finds this to be incongruous. Surely, one must work for any bestowal of benefit or blessing.

God's Word makes it clear that one cannot obtain salvation by works. What, then, are we to do after having believed and become a member of the Church which is the Body of Christ? Do we sit on our hands and wallow in the security of our spiritual blessings? By no means! Should we not work? Not only should we work if we are truly saved, but we will be untrue to the faith if we do not work. "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus UNTO GOOD WORKS, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them."

"[Christ] gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, ZEALOUS OF GOOD WORKS" (Tituszna). "For it is God that worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure" (Philippians 2:13).

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