Many folks are confused about the matter of salvation by grace. To understand it better, perhaps these few points will help:
1. We are saved by grace (Eph. 2:8-9).
--Our salvation is made possible by the gift of God's Son (John 3:16, 1 John 4:10).
--We do not earn salvation; it is the gift of God, brought about by grace through the blood of his Son (Romans 6:23, Eph. 2:8-9).
2. We are not saved by grace alone, but by grace through faith (Eph. 2:8).
--We are justified (made right) by faith (Romans 5:1).
--We are justified by an obedient faith (Jas. 2:18-24). (The faith that does what God requires!)
3. Consider this illustration from the Bible to better understand the principle:
a. God gave Joshua & the Israelites the city of Jericho (Jos. 6:2). (That is grace.)
b. However, God set forth the terms by which they could have the city (Jos. 6:3-5). They did not possess the city until they met those terms. (Jos. 6:6-20). (This is an example of obedient faith.)
c. There is no question that God's grace gave them Jericho, but they did not possess it until they acted out of faith (Heb. 11:30).
4. Grace involves a contributor, a gift, and a recipient.
a. God is the contributor.
b. The gift is salvation in Christ.
c. We receive the gift of grace when we obey His will (Heb. 5:9, Matt. 7:21).
5. God's grace has appeared to all men. (Tit. 2:11), but not everyone will go to Heaven (Matt. 7:13-14). Will you accept God's terms so you can possess the heavenly city? Will you have obedient faith that does what God requires? What does God require? What must I do to be saved? (Acts 16:31)
*Believe in Christ as the Son of God (John 8:24).
*Repent or change your life to live for the Lord (Luke 13:3, Acts 17:30).
*Confess Him as the Christ, the Son of God (Rom. 10:9-10, Acts 8:37).
*Be baptized for the remission of your sins (Acts 2:38, 22:16, 1 Peter 3:20-21).
*Be a faithful Christian until the end (Rev. 2:10, Matt. 10:22).