Earning God's Love

Earning God's Love

Can you earn God’s Saving Grace or is it a free gift?
God’s Saving Grace is the ultimate prize.  It is the only door to heaven.  But how do we get it?

We want to earn it…
but how good do you have to be?

The Bible gives the answer to this great secret:  You only have to be perfect... and 
since we’ve inherited sin and the Bible says that all has sinned, no one is perfect.  So no one is good enough!

You should worry but don’t! 

 

God has a better plan!  

His Grace. 
Grace means unmerited favor.  It is God providing Jesus to pay your sin for you.  
It is a free gift for those who accepts it with the right motive.  
What motive?

 God says repent.  Repent?

God says to repent!… to turn away from yourself, turn to God!  Rely on God because He wants to Save you!  
This is where God, your Creator has changed your heart to allow an attitude of repentance.  
  Relying on the one true God.

Jesus said that Salvation is only through Jesus - none other.
Jesus said that it is God who draws someone to Jesus.

Why Jesus? God provided His only Son, Jesus, who had no sin, to be sacrificed for all the people of the world.  So are we all Saved? No. 

 

Only the people who accept this free gift from God.

Think of what happened.  It is a free gift.  You didn't earn it.  You didn't pay for it - Jesus did.  There is no suffering, no burning fires to be purified is required because the Bible tells us that Jesus paid for your sin - no you. Jesus wiped out your sin debt!  Past, present & future!  That's why you are purified!  No Purgatory!  
The debt is paid in full!  You cannot pay for a debt that only Jesus could pay for - you are not Jesus. 

That's too easy!  No.  The price was great!

 

The debt is only paid if you receive the free gift!  Don't receive it by just saying the words.  You must believe that Jesus can and will Save you.

Believe and pray, “Jesus, I have sinned.  Your Father has sent you as a gift to take my sins if I trust in you as the only Savior. You know that I could never be good enough to earn your favor – only God can do that – and Jesus did.  You allowed a way for me to be right with you by allowing Jesus to die and prove His power over death by rising from the dead.  Thank you for your free gift.  Teach me to grow in my love for you and be in your service.”  

God’s Word:

Rom 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”

Salvation can’t be earned…
Rom 11:6 “But if (salvation) is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace.

Rom 5:15 “the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many.”

Eph 2:8-9 “For by grace you have been saved through faith ; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

Rom 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”

2 Cor 9:15 “Thanks to God for His indescribable gift!”

 

 

Being good is important.  Trying to do good things are important to God but only after we have accepted His free gifts.  These good works are from God.

Eph 2:10.For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

Doing good works shows your faith.  It’s easy to say you have faith but if you have no desire to do what God has asked, then you have no true faith.

James 2:14 “What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him?”  24. “You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone.” 26. “For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.”

Salvation is a free gift of God by His grace.  We can’t earn it but we must receive it by believing in Jesus as our Savior.  Like Abraham, who believed first, then trusted God when He was asked to prove his faith as he brought Isaac to the altar, we also gladly prove our faith by works prepared by God.  

1 John 2:2 He Himself is the propitiation for our sins ; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.

Romans 3:23-28 NASB: "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; whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. 
Where then is boasting ? It is excluded. By what kind of law ? Of works ? No, but by a law of faith. For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law."

   real peace  

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