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We Are Saved by the Grace of God Alone

from Spurgeon’s sermon,

        “GRACETHE ONE WAY OF SALVATION

 

We believe that it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ that we are saved.” Acts 15:11

 

The creed of the world is, “Do your best, and it will be all right with you.” To question this is treason against the pride of human nature, which evermore clings to salvation by its own merits. Every man is born a Pharisee! “What,” says a man, “do you not believe that if a man does his best, he will fare well in the next world? Why, you know, we must all live as well as we can, every man according to his own light; and if every man follows out his own conscience, as near as may be, surely it will be well with us.”

 

The apostle did not believe in self-righteousness. “We believe that it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ that we are saved.” Acts 15:11. Salvation is not through our good works, not through anything that we do, not by the merit of anything which we feel or perform, but by grace, that is to say, by the free favor of God.

 

We believe that if we are ever saved at all, we must be saved ‘gratis’—saved as the gratuitous act of a bountiful God—saved by a gift, not by wages—saved by God’s love, not by our own doings or merits.

 

This is the apostle’s creed—salvation is all of grace from first to last, and the channel of that grace is the Lord Jesus Christ, who loved, and lived, and died, and rose again for our salvation. He takes the crown from off the head of man in all respects, and gives all glory to the grace of God. He extols God, the gracious sovereign, who will have mercy upon whom He will have mercy, and who will have compassion upon whom He will have compassion.

 

Not by ritualism, not by good works, not by our own unaided free will are we saved, but by the grace of God alone!

 

Those who preach mere morality, or set up any way except that of trusting in the grace of God through Christ Jesus, preach another gospel, and they shall be accursed, even though they preach it with an angel’s eloquence!

 

 

[Taken from pages 282-283 of  Grace Gems Collection 2000. It can be downloaded FREE from http://www.gracegems.org/bookstore.htm]

 

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