What must I do to be saved? Be baptized? Change my behavior? Join a certain political group? Join a church?
This week, someone said I was not born again because I disagreed with their interpretation of the scripture. Many people questioned my salvation because of the way I voted in the last election. This saddens me.
It saddens me because it negates the power and beauty of grace. When we add conditions, any conditions to receiving salvation, we are saying that Christ’s death and suffering was insufficient. But Paul said, “This is the gospel that I preach, by this gospel you are saved – that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried and raised on the third day according to the scriptures.”
Belief and confession of this truth is the ONLY REQUIREMENT for salvation.
Isn’t that cheap grace? That is actually the most expensive grace – to believe Christ’s sacrifice was more than enough. God Loved you so much, He gave undeserving you everything needed to come into the family. That is the epitome of Grace, to give me what I don’t deserve.
Let us stop making light of God’s glorious gift of grace. Let us stop putting requirements (laws) on others. Let us, like Paul, preach the Gospel: Christ died for your sins and rose the third day!
“Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,”
1 Corinthians 15:1-4 NIV