An examination of the world’s religions quickly reveals one outstanding fact. Whether it’s Hinduism with its rituals, Islam with its pilgrimages, Roman Catholicism with its sacraments or evangelicalism with its “sinner’s prayer”, ultimately all religious want you to do something to get right with God. Your salvation, your forgiveness, your peace with God, is dependent on something that you do, or have done; something meritorious on your part; something thankworthy that you have achieved. If you do your part, God will do His part…and all will be well.
No. A thousand times no! According to the Bible, the clearing of the guilt of your sins is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.1 Because of who you are – a sinner by nature and by practice – you can do nothing to earn or deserve salvation; but because of who the Lord Jesus is – the sinless Son of God – and because of what He has done – given Himself as a sacrifice for the sins of the world and risen again from the dead – He is able and willing to save, to justify and to impart new life to anyone who comes to Him in repentance and faith. A repentant sinner confesses, “I am totally wrong; God is totally right”. Resting his or her all by faith alone in Christ for salvation, that same sinner says, “I can do nothing to save myself; but Christ has done everything for me!”
Is yours a religion of “Do” or of “Done”? The world’s religions tell guilty men and women to “do” something in the hope that they might, just might, be saved: but the Bible reveals what Christ has already done once and for all, to the satisfaction of God, on behalf of sinners. You can know you are saved, freely by grace without works! Receive Christ today and His one eternal sacrifice will for ever take away all your guilt, and God’s word, the Bible, will for ever take away all your doubts.
A preacher from Ireland, David Gilliland, once said:
Salvation is not a wage to be earned – as if you could work for it
It’s not a prize to be coveted – as if you could win it
It’s not an honour to be sought – as if you were worth it
It is a gift – and you must take it freely.
“For by grace are you saved through faith, and that not of yourselves it is the gift of God, not of works lest any man should boast” (Eph 2:8-9)
Take a look at E.J. Pace’s (1879-1946) drawing below. Which side are you on?
1. Bible References: Romans 3:20, 3:28, 4:6, 11:6, Galatians 2:16, Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:5
Michael J. Penfold