Faith, Part 5
Salvation Bible Basics
A person may say, ‘I believe in Jesus,’ but their life will tell you they have a dead faith, a devilish faith, or a dynamic faith. A person who has dead faith or devilish faith will live a selfish life. They will want their own way. They will make their own choices based on their desires. They will do their own thing and not be worried about what God says.
There will be no change in their life. Their life will prove that they have no real faith. They say they believe in Jesus but you can tell they don’t because it hasn’t made a difference in their life. If a person has real faith, or dynamic faith, it will make a difference in their life. You will be able to see their faith by the life that they live.
Let’s look at Romans 4:1-5 — ‘What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found? For if Abraham were justified by works, be hath whereof to glory; but not before God. For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.’
These verses plainly teach us that we are saved by faith, not by our works. If we earned our way to Heaven by getting baptised, joining the church, giving our money, praying prayers, being a good person, etc., then when we got to Heaven, we would have the right to walk around boasting about what we had done. But God says that is not how we get into Heaven, because we cannot in any way save ourselves. All the good works we do don’t get us any closer to Heaven. Therefore, we have nothing to glory in.
How do we get salvation? First, there must be repentance. Remember that repentance comes when a man realises he is sinful before God, that he has wronged God. He is deeply sorry for his sin, he hates his sin as it is and wants to be different. Yet he realises he cannot change himself because reformation will not work. He desires to be different and wants to be made different and made right with God.
When a man recognises all that, then his only hope is to rest on what Jesus Christ has promised by dying on the cross of Calvary. If he believes, if he has faith in the Word of God, faith that God has done what He said He would do, he will be saved.
A person who is truly saved is overwhelmed with gratitude to God for rescuing him. He knows he didn’t deserve to be rescued and is grateful to God for saving him. That gratitude changes his life and carries out for the rest of his days. That is why we see Abraham in Genesis 22 willing to obey God and offer Isaac forty one years after believing God in Genesis 15. His gratefulness to God shows in his obedience, his willingness to do whatever God asked him to do.