How Does Grace Save?         

Ephesians 2:5


     The universal testimony of Holy Scripture is, "By grace ye are saved!" Salvation is by grace because sinners need grace (Eph.2:1-4). Totally depraved, spiritually dead sinners must be saved by grace, because they are totally incapable of saving themselves, or of assisting in the salvation of their souls. Salvation by grace excludes all boasting on the part of man (Eph. 2:8-9; I Cor. 4:7). "It is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that showeth mercy." Salvation by grace gives all the praise, honor, and glory to God for what he has done (Eph. 1:6, 12, 14): to God the Father for election and predestination, to God the Son for redemption and forgiveness, to God the Holy Spirit for regeneration and preservation. Salvation by grace is a door of hope for helpless, guilty sinners. If God required us to do something to be saved, none would ever be saved. But, since the whole of salvation is by grace, there is hope for sinners who are incapable of doing anything to please God. Salvation by grace is salvation from sin (Matt. 1:21). Grace saves us from both the penalty of sin and the dominion of sin. Grace is not a license to sin. Grace never justifies a life of sin.Grace makes sinners the servants of righteousness. But how does grace save?

     Grace does not save us by overlooking our sins and pretending that they do not exist (Ezek. 18:20), by enabling us to keep the law of God (Gal. 3:21), or by giving us religious ceremonies to observe (Gal. 5:2) and good works to perform (II Tim. 1:9).

1. Grace saves by imputing the sins of God's elect to Christ and punishing him for them as our Substitute (Rom.3:24;II Cor.5:21;Gal.3:13;Eph.1:7;I Pet.2:24). This upholds and satisfies the justice of God.

2. Grace saves us by giving us life and faith in Christ (Col. 2:12). Grace saves by making Christ and his sin-atoning death precious to our hearts. The death of Christ is of absolutely no benefit to any sinner until he believes the gospel. "He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned."

3. Grace saves us by keeping and preserving us unto eternal glory (I Pet. 1:5). "The gifts and callings of God are without repentance." That which grace begins, grace will complete (Phil. 1:6). Grace will not be frustrated. Grace can never fail!



Don Fortner