For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
Sometimes I feel like a broken record when I write about this verse but it is something that needs repeating, we have no power to save ourselves. We have no power or ability to save ourselves. Salvation is a one way street. God freely gives us the gift of salvation; it is entirely up to Him. We can accept His gift or reject it but without God’s action we are doomed.
This verse is at the heart of orthodox Christianity. We are unable to work our way into heaven. Salvation is by God, a free gift from Him to us and we can neither add to nor take away from God’s work. Once Jesus finished His work on the cross noting was left to do. To say that we need to somehow do something to get or keep our salvation is saying that Jesus’ sacrifice was not enough. That something else needs to be done.
For me I am glad that my salvation is not up to me. I am sure that I would somehow manage to mess it up. Fortunately I don’t have to worry, Jesus did all the work and all I had to do was accept what He did for me. I constantly struggle with pride but one thing I am certain of is that if God cannot do I most certainly cannot do it.
Jesus paid it all, all the Him I owe, and no truer words were ever written.
Have a blessed day,