Grace then Works
For some reason, our culture has confused grace with works and works with grace. According to scripture, they are separate; however, one must follow the other. In other words, grace, found in the blood of Jesus, is what saves us from our sin and eternal punishment in Hell. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” But, if grace is followed with no evidence of a changed heart and a changed life, how then, was the accepted grace genuine? Notice what James 2:24 says, “You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone.”
Yes, grace is what saves you and me. It is not about what we have done nor is it about our religious performance, but it is what Jesus has done through the finished work of the cross! However, to validate or confirm that grace, there must be works that follow. A person who accepted the grace offered to them by Jesus CAN’T NOT have works. If a person accepts Jesus, is baptized but then carries on with their prior life before baptism, what good is the grace? Please don’t miss this! If a person has a relationship with Jesus, they should go to church, tithe, read their Bibles, pray, etc. Notice, however, that these things are not what saves us. Going to church every Sunday or having good, godly parents isn’t what saves us. It is the blood of Jesus that saves us!
The grace of our Lord is offered to anyone and everyone. So, come to Jesus. Accept his grace and “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.” Acts 2:38