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We Are Saved by Grace through Faith – Not by Works

The second important fundamental of the Christian Faith is that we are saved by Grace through our faith in Jesus Christ. We cannot work our way to the Kingdom of God no matter how good, pure or how holy we think our works to be.

The bible is very clear that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. At our very best we still cannot complete a life of holy righteousness and be able to stand before God.

God’s grace is unearned favor towards us because He loves us. By our faith in Jesus Christ, God’s Son, we receive eternal life by His grace. It is God’s free gift that none of us may boast of works that we may do but boast on the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Here are eighteen powerful verses that you can put into your war chest to defend your faith in Jesus Christ.

  • Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;
  • Galatians 2:16 nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified.
  • Romans 3:20,23 because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin. for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
  • 2 Timothy 1:9 who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity,
  • Romans 11:6 But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace.
  • Romans 5:1-2 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God.
  • Titus 2:11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men,
  • Acts 15:11 “But we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they also are.”
  • Ephesians 2:4-7 But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
  • Titus 3:7 so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
  • Romans 3:23-24 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus;
  • John 1:17 For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.
  • 2 Thessalonians 2:16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace,
  • Ephesians 1:7-8 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight
  • Romans 5:15 But the free gift is not like the transgression. For if by the transgression of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many.
  • Ephesians 1:6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.
  • Romans 5:20 The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,
  • Galatians 2:21 “I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.”

We must be careful that we do not fall into salvation by works. Our redemption is by the Grace of God and His Grace only. True the bible says that faith without works is dead but it is by grace that we are saved. We are simply saved by His grace, and the definition of the word “grace” in this context is God’s unmerited favor, love and mercy toward all of us.

The simplicity of the gospel message is this that God loved us so much that He sent His only begotten Son to die on the cross to pay our sin debt. All that we can do to receive this free gift of eternal life from God is to accept the sacrifice of His Son by faith.

Here is the major Key Verse in the bible that spells this truth out to us. Romans 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;

Ritualism, legalism, and works are out the door when it comes to being able to receive our eternal salvation through Jesus. This is a fundamental truth to the Christian Faith from the Word of God and therefore is unchangeable.

Thomas N Kirkpatrick

Durant Bible College

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