Faith And Faith Alone Is The Only Way One Becomes Right With God

I write this not to make demands upon you. My only object is your good, your salvation. I write this to tell you about a free gift which it would be to your eternal joy to receive. I write to tell you a fact, namely, that salvation is all of grace, which means, free, for nothing!

Read diligently these words found in Romans 4:5: However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness.

Who does God save? Who does God justify? How does one become right with God?

Does he save those who are good?

Does he save those who try their best?

Does he save those who are faithful?

Does he save those who work really hard at faithfully going to church, keeping the commandments, being generous with time and money, or doing your best at being a loving person?

No!

Who does God save? What does Romans 4:5 say? Look again at the verse, However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness.” 

Salvation goes to the ungodly!

Salvation goes to those who do not work for it!

Salvation is not an obligation!

Salvation cannot be earned!

Salvation is a gift! It is all of grace and it is freely offered to all who trust in God who justifies the ungodly!

Suppose you are trying to sell your house and the realtor is just moments away from arriving with potential home buyers. What is it you are most likely doing and have been doing for the past few months? No doubt you have been busily fixing it up to look more presentable and acceptable so the potential home buyer will be impressed and snatch it up before anyone else gets it. I think most of humanity thinks of salvation in this manner. We try and fix ourselves up, tidy ourselves up, make ourselves better in the hope that God will be impressed with us and save us. But what do the Scriptures say? God saves those who do not work. God justifies the ungodly.

Reader, please hear this: There is nothing you can do to make your heart an acceptable abode for God’s dwelling but the good news is, may this truth sing in your heart, God justifies the wicked! When you trust him, not trying to hide your sin, not trying to cover it all up, but openly bare it all to him and trust him to deal with it, he comes to dwell forever in your broken, sinful heart. But that is not all! In his grace and by his power he fixes your heart from the inside out and makes improvements over time. You don’t fix yourself up and then hope God decides to reside within you. You come to God in all of your brokenness and ungodliness and wickedness and he lovingly comes to reside in your life and then he begins his good work of restoring you and making you like his Son Jesus Christ.

Do not resist this offer of grace, this free offer of salvation, this free offer of eternal life and happiness. Do not refuse the hand of Jesus  who was nailed to the cross for sinners such as you. Come as you are, as ungodly as you are. Believe in God who has finished the work of salvation in Jesus Christ. Relinquish self-trust and cling to God by faith in Jesus. There is nothing for you to do! Simply by faith receive the finished work of Jesus Christ.

Faith and faith alone is the only way to be made right with God. In the blink of an eye, and for one reason and one reason only, you can go from being unsaved to saved, unrighteous to righteous, sinner to saint – because you trust God to do it all. No other reason.

 

 

What does it mean to “Accept Jesus”?

Great thought here from Ray Ortlund:

“You turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God.” 1 Thessalonians 1:9

You and I are not integrated, unified, whole persons.  Our hearts are multi-divided.  There is a board room in every heart.  Big table.  Leather chairs.   Coffee.  Bottled water.  Whiteboard.  A committee sits around the table.  There is the social self, the private self, the work self, the sexual self, the recreational self, the religious self, and others.  The committee is arguing and debating and voting.  Constantly agitated and upset.  Rarely can they come to a unanimous, wholehearted decision.  We tell ourselves we’re this way because we’re so busy with so many responsibilities.  The truth is, we’re just divided, unfocused, hesitant, unfree.

That kind of person can “accept Jesus” in either of two ways.   One way is to invite him onto the committee.  Give him a vote too.  But then he becomes just one more complication.  The other way to “accept Jesus” is to say to him, “My life isn’t working.  Please come in and fire my committee, every last one of them.  I hand myself over to you.  Please run my whole life for me.”   That is not complication; that is salvation.

“Accepting Jesus” is not just adding Jesus.   It is also subtracting the idols.