Friday, October 12, 2007
IS SALVATION BOTH BY GRACE AND BY WORKS?
“Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.” (Romans 11:5-6)
A man was arguing with a Gospel preacher about this matter of faith and works. “I think that getting to heaven is like rowing a boat,” he said. “One oar is faith, and the other is works. If you use both, you get there. If you use only one, you go around in circles.”
‘’There is only one thing wrong with your illustration,” replied the preacher. “Going to heaven is not a matter of rowing a boat. Nobody is going to heaven in a rowboat! Going to heaven is by getting on the ark, and that ark is Christ.” The preacher continued, “Besides, “There is only one ‘good work’ that takes a sinner to heaven -- the finished work of Christ on the cross” (John 17:1-4; 19:30; Hebrews 10:11-14).