Yesterday 7:28 PM
Believing plus faith and obeying the word of God living a righteous life. Believing is not enough.
Its simply TRUSTING in the gospel of the grace of God that saves us.
Maybe you think we have to trust BUT also "live a righteous life?"
How is that working out for you?
Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Eph 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
The word "Grace" means a FREE gift.
God gave us a free gift of salvation through the death, and resurrection of His son Jesus Christ.
Suppose you really liked me a lot, and you gave me a beautiful very expensive gift.
I took the gift but then said, this is an expensive gift, here, let me give you $50.00 to help pay for it.
You would probably feel hurt, and offended.
Thats how God feels when we say, yes, Im trusting Christ as my Saviour, but I also have to be a good person.
That mentality is offensive to God because none of us can be a good person.
Trying to be 'good', while we're FORGIVEN SINNERS=TRANSGRESSORS is a WASTE of EFFORT, TIME and ENERGY.
I'm not trying to do ANYTHING in order to become a 'good person'!
I'm TRUSTING in JESUS, because I was COMPLETELY LOST without Him!
I'm ALLOWING and INVITING Him to HELP me in EVERYTHING.
I've admitted to be in NEED of the GOODNESS, FORGIVENESS and GRACE of God-the Lord JESUS on the day I SURRENDERED to Him.
I'm like a BABY or a SMALL CHILD who's COMPLETELY dependent upon the care and love of its parent...and I'm NOT ASHAMED of it!
When people are trying to be 'good' they ALWAYS do this in the eyes of OTHER PEOPLE.
JESUS was and is 100% GOOD, but He NEVER did ANYTHING in order to please people!
He did everything in order to please HIS FATHER, with whom He is ONE!
The Gospel of GRACE, authorized by JESUS and revealed to us by JESUS' special Apostle Paul