Thursday, January 31, 2013

Not Because of Faith

"Faith is not the cause of our salvation, it is the means to our salvation."  Read that again.  "Faith is not the cause of our salvation, it is the means to our salvation." 

Now stay with me here.  Let me dig into this a bit.  

Jake made that quote on Sunday during his sermon.  Fortunately he repeated it and I wrote it down so I could let it sink in.  The 1st time I heard him say it I immediately thought, "Wait a second, our faith in Jesus is exactly what saves us!"  But when I heard it again and reread it I got what he was saying.  If our salvation is based on our faith, then we can boast in ourselves..."Oh, my faith is so great--I have such a deep faith," etc. etc. etc.  But we can't boast in ourselves.  It's not about us.  It's not about me and it's not about you.  It's about God.  

God's grace and mercy are the cause of our salvation.  Nothing else.  

The means He uses to give us that grace and mercy is through our faith in Jesus.  HE loved us so much He chose to die for our sins. 

He didn't die for us because we were worthy, we are worthy because He died for us.  We get that backwards sometimes.  
Ephesians 2: 8-9 says,  "For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift—not from works, so that no one can boast."

That's exactly what I'm talking about here.  We are saved by grace THROUGH our faith, not BECAUSE of our faith.  

If our salvation depends on our faith, then we are hopeless because our faith wavers.  If our salvation depends on something-anything- we have done or could do then His death on the cross was pointless.  We would have to earn our way to Heaven---something we could never do.  
Fortunately, that's not the case.  God loves us so much He wants to give us the free gift of life.  The cause of this gift is His unwavering, incomprehensible love and mercy for an undeserving people.  
It's not about me.  It's all about Him.

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