I’ve often seen some people questioning the following: “Am I good enough to be saved?” while others appear to have their own answer: “I’m a good person, so I’m sure I’ll go to Heaven.”
The reality is that, without Christ, no one can reach the standard of morality demanded by the Father. It was the reason why Christ had to come to earth and had to die for us. Only when we truly become Christians, the Father sees Christ in us and therefore He doesn’t take our sins into consideration.
In order to properly understand this concept, I’d like to ask you to watch the video [1. The video may contain some advertising. The Defense of Faith Ministries did not produce it. It was posted under the “Acknowledged third party content” category, which includes advertising with the targeted resource for the channel that is the holder of the copyright on the video] below.
There is a verse in the Bible that condenses in an incredible way what the concept of Salvation really means in Christianity:
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. (Ephesians 2: 8)
Scriptures bring three main points here:
- We are saved by Grace
Yes, it is God’s grace that saves us. This is not by our merits, by our works, or by the promises some people make, etc, that someone get saved, but by God’s willingness to do so, even though we do not deserve it.
In Christianity, we don’t go to God: He comes to us.
- We are saved by Faith
Faith in Jesus Christ is the way by which we access the grace of God. By Faith, Jesus becomes our substitute before the Father. When we are Christians, the Father sees Jesus in us.
It is very important to note that it is not faith that saves us, but the grace of God. By faith in Christ, we have access to God’s grace.
I must emphasize here that faith must be in Christ only. Why? Because He is God and, being such, he came to earth to reconnect us with the Lord. Faith in anyone (or anything) else is vain.
- Salvation is a gift from God
Salvation is a gift from God. It was not our life history, our personality, or our works, so that no one can boast (Ephesians 2: 9), that saved us. Salvation is a gift from God, to which we have access through faith in Jesus Christ.
Does it means that our good deeds don’t count? Our works don’t count for our salvation, but they count as an indicator that we are truly saved. How is that? When we want to know if a child has a fever, we put a thermometer in his mouth to find out, right? It is not the thermometer that will cause fever in the child. It’ll just certify a situation that is already in the child. Similarly, the works of the saved should reflect the situation of someone who gave the lordship of his life to Christ. That’s a very import point that we’ll discuss in another opportunity.
In this post here, I’d like to help you to find your way to God. As I said, salvation is a free gift from the Father. What you need to do is to give the Lordship of your life to Christ, who is the path to eternal life with the Father. If you truly want to do that, just repeat after me the Salvation Prayer that your life will never be the same.