by Rev Joel Yong
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
We are saved simply by faith in Jesus.
We do not lift a finger to contribute to our own salvation and deserve zero credit for it.
It is a task beyond our abilities; that is why Jesus the Son of God had to come down and personally see to it Himself, by dying an excruciating death upon the Cross.
But some people do not understand this and continually cite the works of men as they cannot believe that men are without credit worthy moments.
They think surely somehow some of our good deeds must be able to contribute to our own salvation.
Here is what the writer writes about the condition of mankind:
You were once dead because of your failures and sins. You followed the ways of this present world and its spiritual ruler. This ruler continues to work in people who refuse to obey God. All of us once lived among these people, and followed the desires of our corrupt nature. We did what our corrupt desires and thoughts wanted us to do. So, because of our nature, we deserved God’s anger just like everyone else.
We were as good as dead.
Imagine being a student who has failed the exam and then coming to the teacher and saying “I am not without credit. I scored 4 out of a 100, surely I contributed in some way.”
The 4 marks are pointless.
The point is the gap is too large and passing is beyond our ability.
What Jesus did for every single person, was to come and clear our deficit for us.
He did not have to do it.
We did nothing to merit His help but He did it because He is loving and merciful towards us.
But God is rich in mercy because of his great love for us. We were dead because of our failures, but he made us alive together with Christ. (It is God’s kindness that saved you.)
This is reason enough to praise God and pledge our allegiance to Him forevermore.
What a good and great God we serve!