The Means of Grace – Part 1
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes…” (Romans 1:16 NIV)
You don’t become a Christian by becoming a Roman Catholic or a Protestant or by attending a particular church assembly or by reading the book of a famous writer or minister. The only way to become a Christian and have your sins forgiven and know where you are going to spend eternity is by having a relationship with Jesus Christ, and that comes first of all by hearing the gospel, becoming convicted of sin, and confessing your sins. You realize you’re undone. You understand that God so loved the world that he sent his Son to die. Why? Because the Bible says that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23); and it also tells us that the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). So we need a substitute to take the punishment due all of us. The good news is that when you draw a line in the sand and you put your faith in Jesus and you accept his sacrifice for your sins, your sins are washed away and you’re born again—you pass from death to spiritual life and from darkness to light. And it happens in a moment.
You don’t try to live a good life in order to earn that salvation, for it’s not people who live a good life that go to heaven. It’s people who have put their faith in Jesus, who have been forgiven and have had mercy extended to them, who go to heaven.
But that’s not all. Once we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, Scripture tells us that we are sealed with the Holy Spirit. We have the Spirit of God within, so that Christ is living in us, giving us the strength and power to live in a way that pleases God and that will bring blessing into our lives.
Thank God for the gospel of Jesus Christ! It is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes. If you don’t have that assurance of salvation, come to Jesus and accept him into your heart today.
Read Romans 1:14-17.