Salvation Is A Gift
Posted by Melissa
Ever tried to use an expired coupon? How about play money when shopping at a store? If you have, it probably didn’t work so well. Most stores will only take the real deal—money that has value assigned to it.
In the same way, just being good doesn’t work with God. So how do we pay the debt we owe? How can we make things right with God when we don’t have anything of value to offer Him?
Read Galatians 3:4-9, and pay close attention to verses 8 and 9.
What does it mean that Abraham’s faith was credited to him as righteousness?
What was the value of Abraham’s faith?
What is the value of your faith?
According to these verses, is it good works or faith that makes you right with God? Explain.
Are you depending on your good works or your faith in Jesus for salvation? Explain.
Working hard and doing the right things is great, but these don’t restore a relationship with God that’s been destroyed by sin. Good works are important, but without faith, they are empty and worthless. We begin a relationship with God by trusting Jesus through faith. When we believe God’s Word and trust Jesus to bring us into a right relationship with the Father, we are restored and declared righteous, just like Abraham in today’s passage. The truth is, only Jesus can pay the debt of sin that we owe. Our sin has already been paid for. When we accept Jesus’ gift of grace, we are free to do good works for God and enjoy being in right relationship with Him.