God's Sword of Truth - The Word
Contrary to religions, pastors, TV Evangelists or female preachers/teachers, Grace is a FREE gift of the Lord, which comes by the Holy Spirit through Christ, NO other way. Eph. 2:7-8 - “That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:” It is not from, by or through any man or woman. It can not be bought or merchandised by various religions (Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist, Jehovah, Mormon), it’s FREE.
Keeping in mind that Grace is a gift of God, from Him through Christ to you, needing no help from anyone, it cannot be merited. You can only be saved by the Lord’s plan, His way, and His gift must be: believed for salvation, - “...for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth;" - Romans 1:16 (also Act.15:11) - then lived His way for salvation - " And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work" - Rom.11:6. You see, salvation through Christ is the center most part of God’s grace. “Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;” - Eph.1:5-7. Grace is from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ - read I Cor. 1:3.
All have sinned - “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”- Romans 3:23 - which takes us out of favor with the Lord. “For the wages of sin is death;” - Romans 6:23 - and the wrath of God abides upon the sinner - Ephes.2:1-4. Now, for us to pass from death to life, the Grace of God is needed, and in that grace, our penalty for sin was met through the death (shedding of blood) of the Son of God, our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ (read Ephes.1:7) There is NO way that any one of us could have saved ourselves from the penalty of death, and because of sin we deserve death and hell. But God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, Who paid the price for our iniquities - “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” - Heb.2:9. Therefore, salvation is for ALL those who BELIEVE ON HIM - “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;” - Ephes.1:7.
The gift of Grace is given to all who ask (Romans 10:9), with each and everyone having a free will to seek the way to Jesus. Titus 2:11 - “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;” You just read that we are to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts - live soberly, etc. We are to cast all our care upon Him -(vs 7) I Peter 5: vs. 8-10 -"Be sober, be vigilent; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you."
You will never have salvation by self righteousness through your own making, through a system or religion of man, not even from an apostle, disciple, pastor, preacher, teacher or holy man. Many religions, and some of these men, teach that you can live however you choose and His Grace will cover you. In Jude 4 we find a description of the above who would be of this perversion - “For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.” Religion, stop using your “light”, it’s a “false light” - it has no illumination or guidance and is only giving people a way that leads them to the "road to hell".
Watch out for the money changers - “And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money changers,....” - Matt.21:12. Jesus will drive them out! They cannot change the Lord’s plan of salvation. What they are doing is adding and taking away from His Word, His Plan - Rev.22:18-19 - “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book”. They are accursed! Anathema!
God’s Way is far above man’s way, and the natural man cannot understand them - “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” - I Cor.2:14 - but by being born again (John 3:3-8) one can enter into God’s plan for eternal salvation through His gracious gift of Grace. Not only are we able to receive the gift of Grace, but our very being was given to us by our Creator with HIS breath - “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” - Gen.2:7 - and we became a living soul. We are His DNA.
From the beginning of time there were those who loved the Lord God, to whom He bestowed His favor (grace) - (Gen.6:8) “Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord”. Noah, a just man, was obedient to God, and walked with God by faith, trusting Him, believing his Word and doing His Will (Hebrews 11:7) and only Noah, his wife and his 3 sons and their wives were saved - a remnant was saved in the flood because Noah believed God, acted in faith and his whole house was saved, but all those that remained on earth perished. - “Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.” Romans 11:5.
What about Abraham? Paul tells us in Romans 4 that “.....Abraham believed God and it was counted unto him for righteousness” (vs.3) In vs.16-17 - “Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. Abraham, “...father of all those who believe” - (Romans 4:11) Abraham was saved by faith alone, not of works. No one can inherit the blessings of God through works. Read Galations 4:22-31 - Hagar (the bondwoman) and her son tried to be righteous before God by fulfilling the law. Ishmael, Hagar’s son, was born after the flesh, just as the "religious" today, continually seeking blessings from God, and heaven, by their human “good works” of the flesh (bondage). But Isaac, son of Abraham and Sarah (a freewoman) was the child of promise. And we, just as Isaac was, are the children of promise. Remember, the bondwoman and her son (the “religious”) will be cast out, and “....the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman. So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free." We are the heirs (the children of God) just as the Word tells us - “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ:....” - Romans 8:16-17.
Time is running out people - our redemption draws near (Luke 21:28)- He stands before the door - “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” - Rev.3:20 - knocking, and all we have to do is “open the door” and He will come in. Meaning that we must open our heart, repent and believe. For as many as He loves, He rebukes and chastens: “...be zealous therefore, and repent.” (Rev. 3:19).
Life, as we know it, is about to change, for the Lord’s time is here and He shall judge us all. The work of salvation is already done! Jesus did it all for us 2000 years ago! But, in order for you to pass from death to life, you must have the grace of God which is His reward, or acceptance of us, into His family. Believe in your heart that Jesus Christ did it all for you - because He loves you. Ask Him into your heart now, because He is the ONLY way to salvation, one road, one passport. HE is our SURE WAY. Religion is NOT the way, you cannot be saved by grace + religion, grace + attending fellowships, grace + keeping the law, grace + going to church every Sunday, grace + works, because the Law and Religion is Satan’s way, so you had better check it out while you still have time, and time is VERY short. Have you prepared for that final day on this earth?
WITHOUT GRACE, there is NO SALVATION - (read Ephesians 2:1-10)
IT IS THROUGH OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST "BY WHOM ALSO WE HAVE ACCESS BY FAITH INTO THIS GRACE WHERE WE STAND" (ROMANS 5:2), THAT ALL WERE GIVEN HIS FINAL GIFT - GRACE
All scripture based on the King James Authorized Version or 1611 Bible, New Testament only, otherwise known as THE WORD. All Old Testament scriptural references used in this article is Jewish History, not canonical, and is used as additional references.