Question: Are We Saved By Grace?

Are we saved by grace?

Yes. It is one blessing after another (Jn 1:16) – it refers to the grace of forgiveness of sins and of the gift of life.
“How shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation?” (Heb 2:3)

Why does God want to save the people of the world?

There are two reasons for salvation:
1. God loves the world (Jn 3:16; 1 Jn 4:10, 16).
2. God is merciful (Tit 3:5; Lk 1:78).

Motivated by mercy and love, God grants grace to the world.

The bible says, “…who loved us …and by His grace gave us…” (2 Thess 2:16).
“I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.”
(Rom 9:15).
God’s grace comes from love and mercy (Eph 2:4).

If we are saved by grace, how is God’s grace revealed and bestowed?

God’s grace is revealed to us in Jesus Christ (Eph 2:7), through His appearing (2 Tim : 1:10).
The salvation is given to us by Jesus Christ (2 Tim 1:9).
The birth of Jesus in the world is evidence of God’s grace (Jn 1:14).
“From the fullness of his grace ‘ we have all received one blessing after another.” (Jn 1:16).

What is the difference between salvation and the Saviour?

Salvation must be related to one man who bestows it. He is the saviour, Jesus who came in flesh.
Salvation is accomplished through His sacrifice for us.
Therefore the bible says, “Salvation is by grace.”
“It is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved.” (Acts 15:11)

Salvation is by grace and we are saved by grace. Are there other conditions?

“It is by grace you have been saved, through faith.” (Eph 2:8).
Grace came through Jesus Christ (Jn 1:17).
Faith comes through hearing (Rom 10:14, 17). Without faith one cannot receive salvation.
So, the bible says, “…by faith …so that it may be by grace…” (Rom 4:16).

The merit of faith lies in confidence (Heb 3:14) which includes –

  • “believing” (Acts 13:39),
  • “obedience” (Rom 16:26) and
  • “trust” (Jn 12:36).

We are sinners saved by grace through our faith in Jesus Christ. Is faith alone sufficient?

Faith in Jesus Christ is certainly important. However, faith alone cannot save us—we also need to follow through with our actions.
Elder James says, “What does it profit my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?” (Jas 2:14).

The Bible records many examples to highlight the importance of faith accompanied by works. For example, when Jesus was healing a blind man, He instructed him to wash in the pool of Siloam (Jn 9:1–7). If the man had merely believed in Jesus, but failed to act, he would not have regained his sight (Jn 9:7). In another example, a woman suffering from a haemorrhage approached Jesus for healing; but if she had only believed and not touched His garment, she would not have experienced His healing power (Lk 8:43–48).

Hence, it is clear that we are saved by God’s grace through faith, but it is equally clear that He expects us to fulfil some practical requirements.
Paul says:

But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior. – Titus 3:4–6

Here, Paul points out that God saves us through His mercy—but it is a mercy that is revealed when we receive water baptism and the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
This truth is reinforced by apostle Peter who preaches, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38). Also, Jesus Himself teaches, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mk 16:16).

In summary, we need to believe and have faith in Jesus for salvation. But we also need to manifest our faith by carrying out God’s requirements: repentance, water baptism and asking God for the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

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