Ephesians 2:8-9 KJV
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.
Making It Real
If you are still of the opinion that your works are relevant when it comes to the saving of your soul from sins, then you should clearly know that you’re not yet saved. The entire saving work and the things required for you to be saved are gifts from the Lord. No one will receive a gift from God and still continue to find reasons to establish his or her works.
The gift of salvation is a 100% work of God through the Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The salvation of God is a gift so that there will not be a discrimination in who can receive it. The scriptures said that God loves the world so much that He gave us His son, so that anyone who believes in Jesus Christ will receive eternal life. It doesn’t matter who the person is; as long as you respond to the gospel, believe in Christ and confess Him as your Lord and savior, eternal life is yours.
These days, more churches are on the wrong path when it comes to God’s gift of everlasting salvation. They think they’re doing the work of God when they make going to heaven a reward. Going to heaven is not a reward; it’s a gift of God to anyone, regardless of who the person is, who believes in Jesus Christ for eternal life.
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
God prepared the eternal salvation in a way that no one will be excluded from benefiting from it. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you are on the sin curve, if you can believe in the one who died for all your sins and was raised again from the dead so that you’ll be declared righteous, you’re saved for all eternity without any possibility of ever being denied entry into God’s kingdom.
Our salvation has nothing to do with morality. In fact, not a single person in this world is morally upright to the point that God will not find fault with. Our best forms of righteousness are as filthy rags in God’s sight. Thus, having the idea that your works are complementary to God’s Grace when it comes to salvation is a great deception from Satan. If we could be saved by our works, there would have been no need for Christ to die for our sins.