The Bible makes it very clear that salvation can only be obtained by grace through faith:
To gain a better understanding of what grace and faith mean in the Bible, we must always turn to the Bible itself:
Grace is a word that describes a condition where we as believers do not deserve something from God, yet God decides to be “gracious” to us and give us the free gift of salvation anyway.
In Romans 5:8 the Bible talks about the fact that we were sinners, yet Christ laid down his life for us anyway. Jesus did not have to make this incredible sacrifice for us, he did so willingly out of his love for all of us.
The problem with being a sinner is our due punishment according to the Bible is death:
So from the start, we see that as a result of our sin, we have earned the penalty of death. We use the word “earned” for a reason. Romans 6:23 says that the wages of sin is death.
What is a wage? A wage is a payment that has to be paid to someone in response to something they did. A good example today would be an employee who works a regular job. As a result of working, the employee is due wages by his employer. This is essentially a debt, the employer owes the employee the money until it is paid in full.
Just the same, our sin requires the payment (or wages) of death. By this we can establish that because we are all sinners and deserve death, we obviously do not deserve eternal life.
The only way we are saved is through God’s grace. God made a decision on his own to give us this gift, regardless of our sinful state.
The grace of God is what makes the gift of salvation free to anyone who wishes to be saved. Since it is only by grace, there is no way a person can earn salvation through their works.
In Romans 11:6 the Bible shows that grace is the complete opposite of works. When the Bible says “But if it be of works, then is it no more grace”, meaning if you are attempting to earn salvation through works, there is no grace.
The overall point is, it can only be one or the other. If it’s of grace, it’s not works. If it’s of works, it’s not grace.
Ephesians 2:8 says that we are saved by grace, through faith. Faith is a term that is found in the bible over 200 times and is by far one of the most important aspects of how we as believers should relate to God.
In the world today, we are taught from a very young age to not depend on faith, but instead depend on what we can see, hear, touch, taste, and smell. Basically, most people are raised to believe that if you cannot see it or personally experience it, it doesn’t exist.
The sad reality is, Satan himself has seized the opportunity to deceive those who lack faith but instead depend on their experiences and feelings. A good example would be people who are deceived into joining a cult. They are tricked by a cult leader, who usually rely on stage showmanship and misdirection. Their deception was caused by the fact that instead of having faith in things that cannot be seen, they instead put their faith into that which they could see.
For believers we accept God and his word on faith. The fact about faith is unless you have it you cannot please God:
Of course, when it comes to the Lord, we do have something that we are able to directly come into contact with in this world, and that is the Word of God itself.
The beginning of faith starts with the very Word of God. A person develops faith in God by hearing the Word of God preached:
Now one might ask, amongst all of the religions around the world, what makes the Word of God different in regards to faith?
The Word of God is different because it has power, the words of the Bible are a lot more than just words, they are the very words of God himself as if he was in the same room speaking to us directly.
In John chapter 7, Roman soldiers are sent to find Jesus and arrest him. However, when they found him they were taken by his words. Words that were so powerful they forsook their duties and returned empty handed.
The key part of the above verse is:
“Never man spake like this man”
Out of everything these soldiers have heard throughout their lives, they have never heard anything compared to the very words preached by Jesus Christ.
Today we possess the very book that contains power from above, and that book is known as the Bible. Every believer at some point has had the gospel preached to them, and as a result, faith was found leading to salvation.
There are a lot of things we cannot see in this world, yet we have faith in them. Most don’t realize that we all exercise faith in our daily lives.
For instance, we live in houses and while doing so we have faith that the walls are not going to cave in, neither will the floor under us give way. We have faith that when we throw something it will eventually fall to the ground due to gravity. These are just a few examples of things we cannot see, yet we have faith in.
When we use faith in regards to salvation, we establish that God has given us the free gift of salvation and that it has been fully paid for in advance by Jesus Christ himself. We in faith accept that Jesus lived a perfect life, died on the cross and rose again on the third day. When we read the many verses that tell us about what Jesus did for mankind, we have faith that God is telling us the truth.