We come to Christ by faith alone.
We are called to be holy before a holy God. As we read in the Bible, Abraham was saved by faith in God’s promises. Our God is one and He is eternal both in the Old Testament and the New Testament. We see God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit at work throughout the Bible. At work for the fulfillment of God’s plan for the redemption of man. We cannot work hard enough to earn God’s grace and mercy.
God forgives sin apart from works. “God saved us by His grace when we believed. We cannot take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.”(Eph 2:8-10). Our works are a great thing but it does not earn us our salvation and our ticket to heaven.
When we take a trip to any location we see signs along the way as we travel to where we want to end up. However, a sign is not the destination but it merely points to the way of the destination. Romans 4:13 says “Clearly, God’s promise to give the whole earth to Abraham and his descendants was based not on his obedience to God’s law. but on a right relationship with God that comes by faith. In this world we depend on the law and its provisions but in God we depend on His promises and precepts.
God forgives sin, apart from works and religion. Apart from the”do’s” and “don’ts” and observances. We are free in Christ because of what He did for us! His death on the cross broke the shackles of sin. It is about being close to God and in His presence. It is about a relationship with God and his son Jesus Christ, for if we are apart from Christ then we are as good as dead. The strength of our faith lies in the trustworthiness of Jesus, our source of faith. That is how God forgives – by faith in Jesus Christ.