Salvation is a free gift of God to all those who believe in Jesus Christ. When we say we believe in Him we need to obey His word and walk according to His word.
Ephesians 2:8-10: “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. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
Here are three important things every believer should know about salvation:
1. Salvation through Grace
We have been saved through grace from God who knew that one day the creation He created would turn away from Him.
He devised a plan in the garden of Eden thousands of years ago to deliver man and fulfill His promise through the death of His beloved Son on the cross.
Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV 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.
Death was defeated and eternal salvation was available for all who believed in the Lord Jesus.
God didn’t just offer salvation as a free gift, but he also gave us a measure of faith to believe in the first place.
2. Salvation is faith in God
Salvation is God’s righteousness at work in us when we say yes to His plan. Salvation is the righteousness of God working in our life.
We get saved by grace through faith and live daily by grace through faith. Before we have faith, we must receive grace.
Ephesians 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.
Through faith, we believe that Jesus is the savior and we make a decision to believe in Him for salvation, that He alone can remove our sins away from us and make us a new creation.
3. Salvation leads us to do good works
2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
After we receive salvation there is a desire in us to live for God. We come to understand His love and His ways and want to walk in them.
Jesus talks about abiding in Him and so “bearing fruit” in John 15. James also says in James 2:17, that if faith by itself, does not have works, it is dead.”
We can boldly proclaim that we are people of faith but if there are no works demonstrated then it is dead.
The change that comes in the life of a believer happens only through the power of the Holy Spirit, and also that it is a gradual process.
Probably the best “good work” that should mark the life of a Christian is love. Jesus told His disciples, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this, all people will know that you are my disciples if you have love for one another” (John 13:34–35).