|No Boasting About It|
|Written by Ben Cordes|
|Sunday, 23 February 2014 23:04|
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
The message above is simple: we cannot, did not, and could never save ourselves from the punishment of hell. Our salvation came from the only person capable of initiating, completing, and securing our salvation: Jesus Christ. For us to say that any other means saved us, by even a small percentage, is to take glory away from Christ. Some would argue that you must hear and believe the gospel to be saved, but this brings glory to the preacher and the believer, and man could boast. Some say that you have to be baptized in order to be saved, but this brings honor to the minister and the one being baptized, thus man could boast. Others may say that salvation is secured because they receive the Lord’s Supper weekly, but, once again, the administrator and the recipient of the communion could boast of their religious dedication. Notice that God doesn’t even allow us to take credit for faith by saying “and that not of yourselves”. Let the word of God be clear, salvation came to us by grace and grace alone.
Whether it’s preaching the gospel, hearing and believing the gospel, submitting unto baptism, or honoring the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper, these things should be performed because we have received salvation, not because God needs our help! Obedience honors God. However, we must not confuse what God has given as a commandment for the eternally saved to be a means of eternal salvation. Let us understand all things God has done as the Apostle Paul understood them: “Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”