Can we talk about a common misconception that keeps many people (Christians included) from truly knowing and experiencing God?
Stick with me – I know I use some biblical words in this #TuesdayTruths post.
Let’s discuss an unbiblical idea that God is a harsh taskmaster, that in order to be saved, you have to show faith + work your way to him through your actions. Another thought is that you have to work your way out of your own sin. In other words, you cannot be saved unless your works help get you there.
The equation for this belief is Faith + Works = Salvation.
But in the Bible, there is a different story being told. In Ephesians 2: 8-9 it says this, “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.”
In this verse, it shows that by God’s grace your faith in Jesus saves you. Period.
So where do the works come in? Because in James 2 it says, “Faith without works is dead.”
How do we reconcile these two passages?
Here’s the difference: Works is not the root of our salvation, but the fruit of it.
The Bible teaches us that the true equation is:
Faith = Salvation + Good Works.
In this way, our works are not what save us; only our faith in Jesus Saves us. But our works are a sign of our faith. Our faith and salvation produce a heart change within us, and this spurs us to do good works that reflect the love and character of Jesus and our gratitude for what he’s done for us.
Do you see the difference there? The placement of the mathematical signs make all the difference in the world.
There are a lot of narratives floating around in the world, and it’s becoming increasingly clear that we need to go always refer back to the source of Truth to hash it all out (AKA the Bible). Hope you’ll follow along on these Tuesday Truths blogs!
Praying and rooting for you!