“Your Faith Has Saved You”
Salvation = Faith + ?????????
People have struggled many years with what should replace the question marks. Some say faith + works. Others say faith + Church membership, faith + tithing. I could go on, but will not. Please read the following verses and see what Jesus tells Simon and the others at Simon’s house.
38 and as she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them, and poured perfume on them. 39 When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is — that she is a sinner.” 40 Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.” “Tell me, teacher,” he said. 41 “Two men owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he canceled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?” 43 Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled.””You have judged correctly,” Jesus said. 44 Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. 47 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven — for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little.” 48 Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” 49 The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” 50 Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
So the woman was saved with faith + what? Was it faith + being a good person? Jesus said it was faith. But faith + what? Faith + nothing.
We are born sinners. We can’t fix our sin problem. The Lord God hates and can’t stand being around sin. So one of the Godhead, Jesus Christ was born sinless and never sinned in His life. He took on the sins of the world for all time for every person. Jesus Christ paid the price for our salvation.
We exercise our faith when we believe the Lord God. We believe that He has paid the price for our sin, for all sin and we accept the pardon made out in our name.
So where do the works come in? After we are saved, we do not do good works to be saved, we do good works after we are saved. As we remember the Lord Jesus’ awful torture on the cross, He took our place. We were the ones supposed to be on that cross. We were the sinners.
But the Lord Jesus died sin-free and will give anyone the pardon that we cannot earn.
Please say yes to your pardon.
You all have a tremendous day in the Lord,
Let everything that has breath (this includes you) Praise and thank the Lord.
Be a Blessing;