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5 Vital Truths About Salvation


Pop quiz: What’s a human’s greatest need?

As Christians, we know the answer: a loving, eternal relationship with God, the living, all-powerful, personal Creator of the universe. And we know that the only way to have that relationship is through salvation—a deliverance from sin and death, which separate us from God. Unfortunately, too often when we talk about salvation, the message is muddied, and it’s unclear to believers and unbelievers alike how we receive salvation.

Fortunately, in just three short verses from the book of Ephesians, the apostle Paul outlines five essential truths about this all-important salvation.

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. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:8-10)

1. Salvation Flows From Grace.

For it is by grace you have been saved…

The word “grace” means “the undeserved favor of God.” We don’t deserve it, but God generously gives it to us out of his love. We deserve judgment, death, and hell—eternal separation from God. Instead, God extends to us his limitless grace, resulting in justification, life, and heaven—eternal fellowship with him.

2. Salvation Comes Through Faith.

…through faith…

Faith is the means by which we receive our salvation. The word “faith” means “trust in or reliance upon.”

When we trust in Jesus and rely upon his finished work on the cross in our place because of our sin, he saves us from hell and hopelessness.

3. Salvation Is Not by Works.

…not by works so that no one can boast.

If we could be saved by what we do, then when we got to heaven, we’d say: “Look at me!”

But we bring nothing to salvation except our sin.