Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast."
The Bible tells us that a person's salvation is by Grace alone and is a gift from God our Creator.
The book of Galatians answers the question, "How can I be truly free?" Free from guilt, free from fear, from doubt, from sin, and from always trying and never quite making it. When the world looks at that question, it offers two contradictory answers.
Many people think freedom comes from keeping the rules......
doing good............trying harder..........
going to church.......being baptized.......
giving your money.....following the Ten Commandments........ obeying the Golden Rule.........
doing what your priest tells you to do..........offering a sacrifice............
lighting a candle.........saying the Hail Mary........meditating........... using the prayer wheel.
My beloved, the list is endless..... because the human mind is endlessly creative in the many ways it devises to please
a God it cannot see or understand.
rule keeping always fails in the end because you can never be sure you’ve done enough.
If one prayer was enough, would two be better?
How many candles should I light?..... You can never be absolutely certain!
Could you improve on a masterpiece? Imagine that you’re walking through the museum in Paris, and as you approach the Mona Lisa, painted by Leonardo da Vinci, would you think about taking a palette and brushes and touching up the painting? Maybe putting some more color in her cheeks or perhaps changing her nose just a little? "Why, that's ridiculous!" you say. Over 500 years the Mona Lisa has been considered one of the greatest artistic works of all time. How absurd to think we could add anything to this masterpiece!
Yet, that's what many people try to do with God’s masterpiece of salvation..... through Jesus Christ.
They think they must improve on it with some work of their own.
But that masterpiece was completed when Jesus said; "It is finished," while hanging on the cross. Then He proved that His work of redemption was done when He rose from the dead. So, when you hear that Jesus paid the price for your sin and that you don't have to do anything to merit God's grace, aren't you just so grateful that HE did it all for you?