By John Gipson
We are saved by grace. I’ve heard it all of my life, and I have
preached it over and over. There’s nothing man can do to earn his
salvation. It comes as a gift from God. “For by grace you have been
saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of
God.” That’s the gospel truth!
But much of what I am hearing today indicates that there is nothing
for man to do, and nothing he can do, to affect his salvation. And my
Bible doesn’t teach that! Think about it. If that kind of grace saves,
then God has the sole responsibility for man’s salvation. I can blame
God if I’m lost. Furthermore, if He saves you, and doesn’t save me, then
He has become a respecter of persons (Something which He is not. “And
Peter opened his mouth and said: Truly I perceive that God shows no
partiality, but in every nation any one who fears him and does what is
right is acceptable to him.” [Acts 10:34-35] ).
The scriptures tell us that “Noah found grace in the eyes of the
Lord.” Through His grace God warned Noah about the flood which was to
destroy the world, and told Noah to build an ark. Grace showed him a way
of escape. Noah believed God and was obedient to God’s instructions.
“Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him” (Genesis 6:22). As a
result of obedient faith, God’s grace saved Noah. Thus grace provided
the blessing; it was accepted by faith; and obtained by the obedience of
faith. “By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet
unseen, took heed and constructed an ark for the saving of his
household; by this he condemned the world and became an heir of the
righteousness which comes by faith” (Hebrews 11:7).
A wonderful example of God’s grace is found when “Philip went down
to a city of Samaria, and proclaimed to them the Christ” (Acts 8:5).
“But when they believed Philip as he preached good news about the
kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both
men and women” (Acts 8:12) Grace was extended through the gospel; faith
accepted the message; and the people became obedient to the faith.
- via The Encourager, the
weekly bulletin for the Calvert City Church of Christ, Calvert City,
KY. Lance Cordle preaches for the congregation. He may
be contacted through the congregation's website:
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