1 | Salvation by Faith

“Salvation unto us has come
By God’s free grace and favour;
Good works cannot avert our doom,
They help and save us never.
Faith looks to Jesus Christ alone,
Who did for all the world atone;
He is our one Redeemer…

“Faith clings to Jesus’ cross alone
And rests in Him unceasing;
And by its fruits true faith is known,
With love and hope increasing.
Yet faith alone doth justify,
Works serve thy neighbour and supply
The proof that faith is living.”
– Paul Speratus

The Jews of Jesus’ day thought they were “in”, not needing to repent, just because they were the natural descendants of Abraham. However, Jesus made clear their actions and lack of faith in him proved them to be children of Satan! Touché.

This is a bit like salvation by churchgoing, or salvation by moral living: it won’t work. Every one of us must be born again, and this is something that only God’s grace can do, and that can only be accessed through our faith.

Martin Luther, Billy Graham and countless others spent their lives driving home this fundamental truth: we must never be tempted to trust in the perfection of our Christianity, but rather the perfection of Christ himself.

It can be harder to find the humility to admit our utter poverty and dependence on God than to simply try harder on our own, but when we do, everything else changes. We then live in response to our sonship, rather than having to work for it. God works in us, continually creating in us a clean new heart and producing good works that we could never achieve on our own.

Discussion:
Are you saved? How do you know?

God clearly calls us to do good things, but how can we make sure our activity for Him doesn’t replace our relationship with Him?

Scriptures:
Matthew 3:7-10, John 6:28-29, Acts 10:43, Romans 3:23-26, Romans 4:1-5, Galatians 3, Ephesians 2:1-9, James 2:14-17

 

Wednesday 19 to Tuesday 25 April 2017 | © Jesus Fellowship Church
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