GRACE THROUGH FAITH – Ray E Horton
Some people believe that “all” are saved because of grace, and others believe that we are saved by our good works or performance (including water baptism or church affiliation), but scripture is clear that both are wrong.
Must Be Received through Faith
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not of yourselves. It is the gift of God, not of works, so that no one should boast” (Eph. 5:8-9). “Grace,” which saves us, was accomplished by Jesus with His cross and resurrection. But it must be received “through faith,” not our own good works.
Provision for all, but our justification doesn’t come until we put our faith in what He did for us
We know that God “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim. 2:4). And Jesus made provision for the salvation of “all” through His death and resurrection. But our justification (forgiven and thus declared innocent and placed in right standing with God) doesn’t come until we put our faith in what He did for us, and, unfortunately, some do not.
Apart from Our Good Works
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we also have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and so we rejoice in hope of the glory of God” (Rom.5:1-2).
When we are saved, we are able to stand firm in His grace, which we accessed by faith in Jesus alone, apart from anything we could do, and have peace with God now and the joy of our knowledge (our blessed hope) of one day being with Him in glory.