When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.Psalm 56:3
And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
Salvation by Grace through Faith Alone
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.
To get a handle on this text, you must understand five key concepts: “saved”; “grace”; “faith”; “gift” (as opposed to “works”); and, “boast” (or, glory).
1. To be saved means that the Lord Jesus Christ has rescued us from God’s wrath and judgement.
2. Salvation by grace alone means that we did absolutely nothing to earn or merit salvation.
3. Salvation through faith alone means that we receive salvation through trusting in what Jesus did for us on the cross.
4. Salvation is God’s free gift to us.
5. Salvation gives all the glory to God and none to us.
They said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul.
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;
He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.
And He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;
1 John 5:4
For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.
Quite right, they were broken off for their unbelief, but you stand by your faith. Do not be conceited, but fear;
And they also, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.
so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.
For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.”
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name,
but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.
Of Him all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins.”
For we who have believed enter that rest, just as He has said,
“As I swore in My wrath,
They shall not enter My rest,”
although His works were finished from the foundation of the world.
And they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralytic, “Take courage, son; your sins are forgiven.”
And Jesus seeing their faith *said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
Seeing their faith, He said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven you.”
He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
and through Him everyone who believes is freed from all things, from which you could not be freed through the Law of Moses.
2 Thessalonians 2:13
But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth.
1 Timothy 4:10
For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers.
1 Peter 1:9
obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.
Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”
Those beside the road are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart, so that they will not believe and be saved.
Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as though it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone,
For if those who are of the Law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise is nullified;
Christianity is not about reading books. It’s about living life. Life lived as it comes… trusting that He is able to keep us to the end.
We’ll be saved by this faith… guided by the conviction that comes with it.
Faith not for possessions or the outcomes we want, but faith that Jesus is able to keep us. Faith that He is able to uphold us. Faith that the word of God will not fail.
- Mark Saunders
Stock markets have fallen. Investments have been shaken. The world is not the same place it was just weeks ago.
But the Lord never changes. We can bank on that! The unwavering faithfulness of God is the basis of our own faith.
Faith is not something we ourselves can generate. The Bible tells us that faith comes from hearing and hearing by the word of God. Faith is imparted into our hearts by the Holy Spirit.
Faith leaps over barriers that reasoning can’t get past. Faith always accomplishes God’s will.
Faith isn’t positive confession, although faith does speak and act. But sometimes it’s silent faith that perseveres through hardship, sickness or persecution. Faith is not a way to avoid troubles, but a way to go through troubles.
Faith truly is a gift that comes from God.
Jesus himself asked that when He returns will he find faith on the earth? Or will he find us positively confessing our own desires and expecting God to act because we have spoken?
Lord, increase our faith!
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
1 Corinthians 12:9
to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by [a]the same Spirit
Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”
- Mark Saunders