“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. (John 3:16-18 ESV)
I have a new favorite CD. I know, I know. I say that all the time when I truly enjoy great Christian music. However, the new project from MercyMe is indeed fabulous. I heard one of the songs on the radio (“Greater”) so I listened in on the rest of the music to see if I wanted the entire CD. And goodness…did I ever. The CD “Welcome to the New…” has one common thread throughout – GOD’s GRACE.
Salvation comes from God through His Son Jesus. There is absolutely nothing that we can do to earn it. God will not love us more or less, because God loved us from the very beginning. Honestly, look at all the laws in the Old Testament (see Leviticus). Do you truly believe that you can keep them all to earn God’s favor/salvation? I sure cannot do it.
The Gospel message is truly simple. The only part required from you and me? To truly believe that God sent His Son Jesus to save you and me. Good works will not help to earn more of God’s favor; good works are a fruit of our salvation. A thanksgiving to His Work, not ours.
“Lord of Mercy and Grace. Thank you for sending Your son to save us. Thank You for daily reminders that salvation is free and for all. Only our belief in Jesus can truly save us and will get us to Heaven. Let our good works reflect our thanksgiving toward You. In the precious name of Jesus – Amen”.
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