God is the Foundation of Salvation

For by grace have you been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:8-10

Paulís situation for writing those words focused on Jew and gentile (any non-Jew from any nation) relationships. Paulís point: any gentile placing trust in God through Christ was loved by God as much as any Jewish person placing trust in God through Christ. There are no superior and inferior Christians. The key is not ďwhere you came from,Ē but ďdo you place your trust in what God did in Jesus Christ.Ē Faith in Christ is the key to salvation, not lineage. Superiority attitudes have no place in coming to God through Christ. All who trust Godís work in Christ are important.

In the salvation concept, Paul made these statements: Salvation is the direct result of Godís attitude toward people. Salvation exists because of Godís incredible kindness. It is Godís gift, not a human achievement. Salvationís firm foundation rests on what God did in Jesus Christ. It is not the result of a human act or activity. Human acts are not salvationís foundation. Always, it is God, not us.

People believe Jesus Christ is an act of God [not a fortunate happening], and respond to what God does in Jesus Christ. Why? They trust Godís work in Jesus. How? They become crafted by God. They are willing to be God-made in Christ. How do they show this? Believers spend their lives learning what Godís good works are, and doing those works. Why? (1) They believe God was at work in Jesus. (2) They are Godís craftsmanship. (3) Christians are God-designed to do Godís good works.

Recently I listened to godly people in Christ share heart views. Their concerns in Jesus Christ are genuine. Their dedication to doing Godís good work in Christ is heartfelt. They totally believe in Jesus. They agree a person must come to Christ. They agree the foundation of everything is confidence in Godís work in Christ. They agree on the importance and roles of repentance and baptism. They agree on transformation in Christ. They agree on passionate devotion to Godís good works. However, they often differ on how to implement passionate devotion to Christ.

We live in complex times in a complex world and a complex society. The result: complex lives, relationships, and needs. Only by Godís grace can salvation exist! Salvation is not founded on our agreement, but Godís kindness! Thank you, God!

David Chadwell

West-Ark Church of Christ, Fort Smith, AR
Bulletin Article, 10 May, 2009


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