What Saves You and Keeps You Saved?
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
Some Christians believe you can lose your salvation. Whether or not you can lose it depends on how you got it.
If you “got it” by works, then I could understand how you could lose it by works, right? I mean, if you had to work in order to be saved, then if your works fail, you’re no longer saved.
If sin could cause you to lose your salvation, one-half of one sin would do it, because God demands perfection. Don’t think “God will tolerate a little, but He won’t tolerate a lot.” He won’t tolerate any! You would have to be completely sinless (an impossibility).
But if you’re saved by grace (and we are), then you’re kept by grace. You keep it the same way you got it—by His grace alone through faith alone.
When you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, God counts your faith for righteousness. God says to the believer, “You are righteous.” You don’t deserve it, you didn’t earn it, you don’t merit it, but when God sees you, He sees the righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Bible tells us we are clothed in His righteousness. And one part of the armor of God, which we are to put on each day (see Ephesians 6:10-18), is the breastplate of righteousness. It’s available every day, not by our own merit, but because we’ve been clothed with His righteousness—the righteous Jesus purchased for us on the cross.
Thank Him today for His incredible grace in saving you, and read Ephesians 6:10-18. As you do, take on yourself the whole armor of God.
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