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?
Young children like to sing along with this song because they can accompany the words with appropriate movements. "So high" ... and hold their hands over their heads; "So far" ... and spread their arms wide: "so deep" ... and crouch down as far as they can. It is fun to sing this beautiful song and it can teach children an important truth about God's nature. But as we get older, how many still believe that? A few years ago, Emerging Trends - a Princeton Religion Research Center journal - reported that 56 percent of Americans, most of whom described themselves as Christians, say that when they think of their death, they are very or quite concerned about it, "without God's forgiveness ».
The report, based on a study by the Gallup Institute, adds: "Such results raise the question of whether Christians in the United States understand what the Christian meaning of" grace "is and recommends strengthening biblical teachings in Christian ones To teach churches. Why is it that people and self-professed Christians consider 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 - was only achieved through God's grace.
However, the prevailing view among Christians is still that salvation ultimately depends on what you have done or not done. One imagines a great divine balance: good deeds in one bowl and bad deeds in the other. The bowl with the greatest weight is crucial for salvation. No wonder we are afraid! Will it turn out in court that our sins have piled "so high" that not even the father can look over them, "so many" that Jesus' blood cannot cover them, and that we were "so low" that the Holy Spirit could no longer reach us? The truth is, we don't have to worry about whether God will forgive us; he has already done it: "Christ died for us when we were still sinners," the Bible tells us in Romans 5,8.
We are justified only because Jesus died and rose again for us. It doesn't depend on the quality of our obedience. It doesn't even depend on the quality of our faith. 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 out. Because I came from heaven not to do my will, but the will of those who sent me. But that is the will of the one who sent me that I do not lose anything of what he gave me, but that I raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of my father that whoever sees and believes in the son has eternal life; and I will raise him up on the last day » (Joh. 6,37-40,). That is God's will for you. You don't have to be afraid. You don't 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 is the message of the Bible. It is the message of God's grace. The judge has already done everything necessary to ensure our salvation. That is the good news that Jesus has 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 asked us: «Ask, it will be given to you; seek, you will find; knock, so you will be opened. For whoever asks there receives; and whoever searches there finds; and whoever knocks there will be opened. »
by Joseph Tkach