In this post I just want to bring it to your attention that the message of the Cross, that is, the message of Jesus Christ is calling all that hear it to action. In this post I shall use the two interchangeably. I do not know your position with Christ but whatever the position, you are called to action. What have you done or what are you doing about it?
Have you ever given thought to the fact that it took God in Heaven to think and act on the loss it is for mankind to die and go to hell? Does it ring the bell on the seriousness and the magnitude of the loss to Him? What pain would warrant God to sent His only begotten Son to suffer the terrible death He did on the cross so that man is salvaged? Lets think together on this matter.
The message of the cross is simple and straight forward yet the devil has clouded it. The devil brings in unnecessary reasoning that resulted in many religions that are so confusing. People turned the precious gift of salvation into something they would understand but not what God has planned. God sent His son Jesus Christ to die at the cross to save mankind from sin (Matthew 1:21). Salvation is free and simple to earn. 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). The old has passed and behold the new has come (1 Corinthians 5:17). The person that has received salvation will now not be condemned if he or she walks according to the Spirit and not according to the flesh (Roman 8:1, KJV).
Can a person be saved by living an upright life? Not at all. But the grace of God of salvation is open for all people and not only the Jews. Note that this grace is not specifically for other things like prosperity, healing or everything else but salvation. Getting these through grace is not bad at all but the grace is mainly for salvation. One thing about salvation is that it is an eternal blessing unlike all other blessings that perish or remain on earth when people die.
Salvation is a free gift and not from personal effort. All people that will inherit heaven will be through God’s grace. However, the grace of God urges to orders your life steps such that you live a holy life. The grace of God trains us to live a life that God wants; to deny ungodliness but have self control. This means that things you used to do and feel not condemned, you no longer feel comfortable to do because the grace within you condemns these things. Even if the urge may still be there, but you control yourself not to fall into it. Sad as it may sound but it is also true that if you do not obey the grace that speaks to you through your conscious and the Word of God (Holy Bible), you will loose your salvation.
Those that want to live under the guidance of God’s grace should know that the world we live in is largely an unfavorable environment. Around us are people that live any how; none God fearing people. Material things around us open doors to ungodliness. There are things that are wrong that we have gotten so much used to such that they no longer are considered wrong yet before God they still are sin / wrong. Thank God that the grace lives within us and continuously give instructions and guidance as you live your life at all times.
I would have loved to have a longer article but this from Pastor Msane’s teaching for the day, this is all I can conclude. I like it that this article is fit for helping someone that need this much coverage on the grace of God. If you do understand Zulu, SiSwati or Ndebele, you are welcome to listen watch our videos on YouTube in this page (click).
Christians should make testifying about Jesus good works in their lives a common practice. Luke 8 verse 38 and 39, tells a story of a man that had been set free from evil spirits. Jesus instructed the man to go back home and tell the news about what Jesus had done for him.
Many people have a justification for committing sin. A man whose wife committed adultery would think he is free to do the same in revenge and the partner should understand. Similarly, a procurement officer / manager would give valid reasons for having accepted some bribes hidden in the name of gifts. Many would find reasons not to deliver what they are expected to and give reasons why they did not. Patients would make deals with doctors to rob off their employers and medical insurance companies. Whatever the reason one could give for falling into sin is not valid before God. Even when you win the case in the court of law but the truth remains that God has not forgotten and will judge you on the same after this life.
The word salvation comes from the word save. Christians claim to be saved but really is such salvation guaranteed? Not at all, only the ones that endure to the end shall be saved (Matthew 24:23). Until then, nobody is saved yet it’s an acceptable claim to be saved because it is a process of working out one’s salvation.
Working out your salvation involves a lot of things but it can be summed up to keeping God’s commandments to the best of you capability. Solomon of old wrote that the entire duty of man is to fear God and keep His commands (Eccl. 12:13). The act of working out your salvation can be termed ‘living a holy life’, without which no man shall see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14).