Saved by God’s Grace

20 Jun

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in his word:

“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. (Isaiah 55:1-2)

Good question; “why is it that we continually try and buy food and water?”. Why do we continually try and work our way to Heaven? Why is it we don’t just look to Jesus and be given grace for free?

11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”

 13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:11-13)

Grace is a gift from God! Why is it that we seem to think that we need to do our part first and then let Jesus do the rest.

16 They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat; 17 for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters.[a] And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” (Revelation 7:16-17)

1 As the deer pants for streams of water, 
   so my soul pants for you, my God. 
2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. 
   When can I go and meet with God? (Psalm 42:1-2)

So what’s my point? That because we’re Christians and have grace we suddenly can sin and have it be fine? By no means! (Take a look at Romans 6), so what is my point?

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God– (Ephesians 2:8)

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)

My point is simply this; we are saved not through what we have done or what we will do, but through what he (Jesus) has done! – And to say anything different, would be as good as saying; “No, I don’t think Jesus dying for me was enough. After all, I’m far more qualified than my maker to save myself.” And that just plain out doesn’t work.

You are loved!

Joshua Cleveland


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2 responses to “Saved by God’s Grace

  1. marcusampe

    June 27, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    Dear Joshua, nice to find such an inspirational blog. Though in some articles I noticed some confusion or mixing two persons. I somewhat get the impression you do not seem to be see clear the difference between the Most Almighty Elohim “The One who is and ever was and ever shall be” and the Saviour send by that first mentioned Redeemer. God is the most High Saviour, but He took care there came a saviour on this earth to save all humans. god wanted to give all creatures a (second) change to survive and to be able to live for ever in the Kingdom of God. He saw it possible for a man to choose for the Only One God, and that is what the Nazarene Jesus (Yeshua) managed to do. As a man born out of the virgin Mary he could sin but never did. That way he showed to all the adversaries of God (in the Bible the Hebrew word satan is used) that man is capable to honestly choose for his Creator. Jesus really died, while as you remember from the Holy Scriptures god can not die. In the offering of Jesus, giving his blood for all humankind we have received salvation for our sins, but than we still have to make the right choice. It is wrong to believe we are just saved so we can do everything what we want. Sorry but all those preachers who preach that mislead the people, there is no such thing as “once saved always saved”. I am sorry. Be careful not to fall in that trap. The other beautiful thing we got with Christ Jesus was his resurrection which is a proof for us of what can happen in the future when Jesus is going to return to judge the living and the dead. And as you can read in the Bible, after the 1000 years of reign, we shall get a last trial for the newborn people of that period which still shall have to proof their royalty to the Most Holy One, and than Jesus is going to hand over the Kingdom again to his Father, the God of gods, Jehovah/Yahweh, the Almighty.

    • Joshua Cleveland

      June 27, 2011 at 8:57 PM

      Dear Marcusampe,

      The bible makes no distinction between God and Jesus what so ever that I’ve seen so far, do you mind pointing me to the scripture that makes this distinction? Thank you. Also, you mentioned in here that according to the scriptures God cannot die, yet Jesus clearly did. Do you mind pointing me to the passage in the Bible that talks about God not being able to die? Thank you once again.

      Also, if you could just point me to the passage in the bible that talks about our having to work our way into Heaven, I would greatly appreciate it. Because so far I’ve only found passages stating that there is indeed work on our part for salvation, but that “work”
      is in fact Jesus working through us. James 2:24-26; Philippians 2:13; Galatians 2:16; Ephesians 2:8 So if you could just find that contradicting passage and post it here in the comments I would appreciate it.

      And I’m sorry, but I simply don’t understand what you meant when you say that Jesus’ Resurrection is actually proof that he will return after a thousand years; perhaps you could point me to that scripture as well?

      I apologize if I made you suspect though that I believe in once saved always saved. It is possible for a person to loose there salvation, though only if they commit the unforgivable sin – that is to say, they call God and the Devil one and the same person.

      Thank you,



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