“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.” (Eph. 2:8-9)
Grace is simply God’s willingness to do something for us that we cannot do for ourselves. It is often said that God helps them that help themselves, however, the important thing is that God helps them that cannot help themselves! This is where God’s grace really is evident.
If there should be one area in which man proves his helplessness, it is in trying to save himself from sin. “The wages of sin is death” (Rom. 6:23). Also, that “all have sinned” (Rom. 3:23). Therefore all men are subject to death because of sin. What can sinful man do about it? The answer is—nothing! What can God do about it? He can cleanse us from all sin!
The Scripture says, “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom. 6:23). “Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures and that he was buried and that he rose the third day according to the scriptures” (1 Cor. 15:3-4). God’s grace is so bountiful that it overabounds all our sin. Romans 5:20 tells us, “Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound, but where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.” Yes, God saves us by His grace, keeps us by His grace, teaches us by His grace, and by His grace we shall appear with Him in the glory (Titus 2:11-14).
Dear Friend, and reader of this, please keep in mind that, doing the best you can, changing your ways, joining a church, becoming religious, or whatever, will never save your soul. However, if you will simply trust His grace to save you from your helpless, hopeless condition, He will.
“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” (Acts 16:31)
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
“Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” (Rom. 4:4-5)
Someday the silver cord will break And I no more as now shall sing: But oh, the joy when I shall wake, Within the palace of the King! And I shall see Him face to face And tell the story, saved by grace.