Concerned about your salvation?

Why is it that people and self-professing Christians find it impossible to believe in unconditional grace? The prevailing view among Christians today is still that ultimately salvation depends on what one did or did not do. God is so high that you can not tower over him; so far that you can not cover it. So deep that you can not get under him. Can you remember this traditional gospel song?

Little children like to sing along with this song, because they can accompany the words through appropriate movements. "So high" ... and keep their hands over their heads; "So far" ... and spread their arms wide: "so deep" ... and crouch down as much as they can. It's fun to sing this beautiful song and it can teach children an important truth about God's nature. But as we grow older, how many believe that? A few years ago, Emerging Trends - a Princeton Religion Research Center journal - reported that 56 percent of Americans, most of whom call themselves Christians, say that when they think of their deaths, they are very or rather worried about "without God's forgiveness ".

The report, based on an investigation by the Gallup Institute, adds: "Such findings raise the question of whether Christians in the US at all understand what the Christian meaning of" grace "is, and recommends increasing biblical teachings in the Christian To teach churches. Why is it that people and self-professing Christians find it impossible to believe in unconditional grace? The basis of the Protestant Reformation was the biblical teaching that salvation - the complete forgiveness of sins and reconciliation with God - is obtained solely by God's grace.

However, the prevailing view among Christians is still that ultimately salvation depends on what one did or did not do. One imagines a great divine balance: in one bowl the good and in the other the bad deeds. The shell with the greatest weight is crucial for salvation. No wonder we are afraid! Will it turn out in court that our sins have piled up "so high" that even the Father can not look over it, "so many" that Jesus' blood can not cover them, and that we "sunk so low" that the Holy Spirit could not reach us anymore? The truth is we do not have to worry about God forgiving us; He has already done it: "Christ died for us when we were still sinners," says the Bible in Romans 5,8.

We are justified only because Jesus died and rose for us. It does not depend on the quality of our obedience. It does not even depend on the quality of our beliefs. What matters is Jesus' faith. All we have to do is trust him and accept his good gift. Jesus said, "Everything my father gives me comes to me; and whoever comes to me, I will not push him out. Because I came from heaven, not so that I do my will, but the will of him who sent me. But this is the will of him who sent me, that I lose nothing from all that he has given me, but that I raise him up at the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that whoever sees the Son and believes in him, has eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day "(Jn 6,37-40, LUT). That's God's will for you. You do not have to be afraid. You do not have to worry. You can accept God's gift.

Grace is undeserved by definition. It is not a charge. It is God's free love gift. Every person who wants to accept them receives them. We need to see God in a new perspective, as the Bible actually shows. God is our Redeemer, not our damn. He is our Savior, not our annihilator. He is our friend, not our enemy. God is on our side.

That's the message of the Bible. It is the message of God's grace. The judge has already done everything necessary to make our salvation safe. That's the good news Jesus brought us. Some versions of the old gospel song end with the chorus, "You have to come in through the door". The door is not a hidden entrance that only a few can find. In Matthew 7,7-8, Jesus invites us: "Ask, it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock on it, it will open to you. For who asks, who receives; and who seeks, who finds; and whoever knocks there is opened. "

by Joseph Tkach


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