The Cross of Jesus will lay bare all dead work and dead faith. Many times after we accept Jesus as our Saviour we are zealous to do all things for Him. There seems to be three roads a new Christian may take in order to “maintain”, if you will, their salvation.
One road we may see is the gospel of grace. The Lord’s grace is freely given to all yet grossly undeserved by all. “Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,” Romans 3:24. When we live under the atoning Blood of Jesus, we are freely reconciled with God. Being reconciled with God only comes by faith in Jesus’ finished work on The Cross. Being reconciled with God is the only way for eternal life. This liberty is granted to us because of Jesus and The Cross; this is the grace we receive. This freedom is not to be used for carnal satisfaction but for spiritual sanctification. To use this freedom for carnal satisfaction is to trample on the Blood of Jesus. “Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?” Hebrews 10:29. Understanding God’s grace begins by understanding The Gospel of Jesus first. If our faith is in His grace and not Him (Jesus) we will never see nor understand His grace when the storms come.
Another road some may take after accepting Jesus as their Saviour is works. We are zealous for the Lord and want to show Him and everyone else around. We boast in our faith through our works. ” ‘You have faith, and I have works.’ Show me your faith without your[ works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” James 2:18. Faith without works is dead faith. On the other hand, works without faith is dead. We demonstrate our faith through our works. In other words, because of the grace given to us freely by Jesus’ sacrifice we show our gratitude and love for the Lord by our works. Our “works” show our love for our neighbor as Jesus’ showed His love for us. Our works do not show our worthiness to others or to the Lord but they show the love of Jesus through us. They shine His light, not our own.
Then there is THE road. This road has a name and it is called Calvary Road. This road is the reason we we have grace and the reason we work. Calvary Road will lead us to The Cross of Jesus. The very place we begin our walk with the Lord is the same place we must return daily. The plan of God for our salvation is through Jesus. Every book in the Word of God points to Jesus. Once we begin our walk, be careful not to be deceived. The devil doesn’t care what we have faith in as long as it’s not in The Cross of Jesus. Satan realizes once our faith remains in The Gospel of Jesus, the finished work of Jesus’, we are set free from bondage. Thank you Lord for setting me free!! – Donna Warren