From my scripture reading this morning, a clarifying verse jumped out at me as really focusing in on what salvation is all about.
In Romans 10 Paul lays out how salvation is open to all, Jew and Gentile. He writes:
“For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” – Romans 10:4-5
What he is saying is now it is not about works or how closely to a “T” you follow the law. But that it is through God’s gift of grace through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.
It is really that simple, and yet a hard step for some of us to give up our self-reliance and humble ourselves by putting the “unseen” God above us and as number one in our lives.
“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” – Romans 10:9
Christ is the narrow gate (Matthew 7:13-14), through faith in Him you will be saved.
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” – Matthew 7:13-14
It is the only “works” that God requires for eternal salvation. All works are a show of gratitude for God’s gift of salvation and to store up treasures in heaven.
Peace be with you,