Religion Or Christ?
READ: Ephesians 2:1-10
By grace you have been
saved through faith . . . ; it is the gift of God, not of works. —Ephesians
Mary works hard because she
wants her boss to recognize her accomplishments and reward her with a
higher-paying position. Nancy loves her job and the product her company sells,
and out of loyalty she works hard to make the product better.
Mary is like the person who
hopes that good works or religion will be rewarded by God someday. Such people
count on their good deeds to get them into heaven.
Nancy is a picture of those
who have faith in God to get them into heaven. Such people do good works out of
gratitude and love for Him.
Someone with religion may
believe in God, attend church, say prayers, show kindness, and be seen as a
good person. People with religion have many good qualities, but religion is not
a substitute for faith in Jesus the Christ.
People with faith put their
trust in Jesus for forgiveness of sin. They have assurance of entrance into
heaven and seek to become more like Jesus each day. The apostle Paul said that
the way of salvation is by grace through faith. It’s not of works but is the gift
of God (Eph. 2:8-9).
The only way to the Father
in heaven is through faith in Jesus (John 14:6).
Do you choose religion or
For Further Study
If you have questions about faith in Christ,
read Religion Or Christ: What’s
We are saved not by what we
do but by trusting what Christ has done.