We walk by faith, not by sight – 2 Corinthians 5:7
For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus… - 1 Timothy 2:5 NIV
Jesus answered, I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. - John 14:6 NIV
Deep down we all think we can be our own Savior. Ever since Adam and Eve bought into Satan’s lie that “they could be like God.” Mankind’s default mode is to save himself. We must recognize that our main sin, the sin underneath the rest of our sins, is our self-salvation project. That through our good deeds, our moral goodness, our achievements, our family or career, even our diligent involvement in church we can earn our salvation, but Jesus says, you must lose your life (pride, ego, yourself) in order to find it in Him. Receiving salvation as a gift requires humility. We must admit that we can’t save ourselves. That is humbling to admit. We must repent of our pride in order to see the necessity and grace of Christ.
To believe in Christ is to receive Him, His finished work, His grace, His complete forgiveness, His eternal life, His perfect life, to believe that He has done it all and you do nothing but receive it all through faith. It is a gift that is both exclusive—only Jesus can give it, yet all-inclusive—because it is a gift offered to all.
Have I trusted in the finished work of Jesus’ death and resurrection for me, or am I still trying to save myself to be acceptable to God?
Heavenly Father, by faith I ask that you would receive and accept me not for anything I have done, but because of everything Christ has done for me.
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved. - Acts 4:12
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