Grace Through Faith

Grace extended out to its fullest implications might suggest that all humans are saved and forgiven by the blood of Christ.  If it is all God’s grace without any mixture of human works, then that grace could be interpreted as covering everyone.  If Jesus died for the sins of the whole world, then one could conclude that the whole world is saved from sin.  If it is the finished work of Christ, then it is not dependent at all on man’s accomplishments or works.

And it is all God and all Christ and none of us… except for the component of faith.  We are saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8).  We have peace with God and have gained access into grace by faith (Romans 5:1-2).  Jesus told the disciples that God had only one requirement: belief (John 6:29).  John wrote that “He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life (1 John 5:12).  And, John directed those words to “those who believe” (1 John 5:13).  Earlier, John wrote that “to those who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God (John 1:12).

Clarifying the recipients of Christ’s salvation might seem to be needless surmising, but file it away.  You may hear someday that some are teaching a message of a general worldwide forgiveness without expressing the need for a specific individual faith.

I thank God for His grace.  I thank the Holy Spirit for revealing the truth of my need and showing me the solitary sufficiency of Jesus’ sacrifice.  I thank Jesus for his finished work.  In him I have placed my faith.