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SALVATION QUESTION 167
Being saved by grace seems to be to easy. It is more of a theory and not reality. There are many that say they are, but their lives do not show it. What about these people?
I am not sure what people understand by the "grace of God." What you say about people is evidently true. We have many professors, but so few that seem real.
Grace is not just God's free favour, but His mighty power in the lives of all that receive it. It produces some degree of change in the lives of those who are saved. In Ephesians 2:8-9, we read "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast." These verses, along with many others, set for the truth of God's salvation. It is not of our works, but all of grace on God's part and faith on ours. However, the next verse say, "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." The only way we can see the salvation of another is by these works. Where there is no evidence of the grace of God, we cannot determine that it is there. Salvation is not of works, but it works. It is God that worketh in you - Philippians 2:13.
Are you saved dear reader? Salvation only works when you come as a sinner and put your trust in Christ. He who has done a work for you will then begin a work in you.
All comments and questions to: Harold Smith
Updated July 2009, by Shelly Allen