Took me 30 years to learn this truth about the Gospel
I grew up believing every word of the Bible. I still do, but my understanding has changed dramatically. It was all head knowledge, but I didn’t know the character of God.
I didn’t understand His ways or His plans for us as his creation. I certainly didn’t understand how salvation didn’t require jumping through hoops and sacrifices if that’s what God required in the old testament. It didn’t make sense to me.
I spent my life filled with guilt and fear. Fear that I wouldn’t make it to heaven, that I’d end up in that pit of flames. I tried so hard to be good, and by human standards I was quite a good child, I think, but I knew it wasn’t good enough according to God’s standards and that was my problem.
“I cannot make myself right with God; I cannot make my life perfect.” – Oswald Chambers
I never attended church regularly. I was one of those people who only go at special occasions. It was only once I was an adult, living in London, that I found a church to go to regularly.
This place teaches straight through the Bible, verse by verse and each teaching points to Jesus and his sacrifice.
I finally understood what Grace is. I finally got what is meant by “salvation comes through faith, not works”.
“I can only be right with God if I accept the atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ as an absolute gift.” – Oswald Chambers
Jesus has done all the work. God loves us all so much that he provided a way, from the very beginning, for each of us to be saved and reunited with him. No charge. No hoops to jump through.
“The fact that I am trying to be right with God is actually a sign that I am rebelling against the atonement by the cross of Christ.” – Oswald Chambers
We only have to believe it and accept it. By faith in his sacrifice being sufficient, we are saved.
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: – Romans 5:1
The saving has already been done, whether we believe it or accept it or not. Like any other gift in life, it’s not ours until we choose to accept it. It remains in the Giver’s hands until we reach out and take it.
“He has already saved us completely. It is an accomplished fact, and it is an insult to Him for us to ask Him to do what He has already done.” – Oswald Chambers
Just like any other gift that has already been paid for and wrapped up beautifully, it can also be refused. God leaves that decision up to us.
We simply have a choice to make, that is the simplicity and the power of the Gospel.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. – Ephesians 2:8-9
I really loved this reading in My Utmost for His Highest a few days ago. It just had so many great statements, things I wish I had read years ago.
I often find it hard not to highlight the whole page – it’s a great book!
Links to items mentioned:
Church – Shoreline Calvary North London
Book – My Utmost for His Highest, by Oswald Chambers