For centuries, since the fall of man, people have been separated from God by their sin. Not only has man been separated from God, but man has been in a constant quest to earn God’s favor by adhering to a set of rules, aka “The Law.” However, no matter how hard one tries to obey the law, we all fail at attaining perfection and holiness (Romans 3:23 – “For all have sinned…”).
The good news is that our adherence to the law is not what gives us access to God and right standing in his presence. The grace of God has been shown to us through the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus. Paul writes in the letter to the Ephesian church, “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 ESV)
Salvation is a gift, attained not by doing good works and adhering to the law, but by trusting in Jesus. Paul told the Jews at Antioch in Pisidia, “and by him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses.” (Acts 13:39 ESV)
Are you feeling separated from God today? Do you feel that you can never be “good enough” for Him? Do you feel that you have failed in such a way as God could never forgive you?
Then trust His Word, the Bible, knowing that whoever calls upon the name of Jesus will be saved. God wants a relationship with you, and will give you His presence when you seek to know Jesus.
What about good works and obedience to the Law, then? Well, that’s a writing for another day. But, we know that as Christians, we desire to keep the law, not because we know that it brings us to God (we are brought into a relationship with God through Jesus), but because we know that obedience pleases God. We desire to please our Father because he loves us and has offered us salvation.