One of the most precious promises in all of scripture is found in Ephesians 2:8-9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Since we are told in Romans 3:23 that we have all sinned and come short of God’s glory, we can cling to this promise that through our faith, despite our sin, we can still be saved. Without this promise, not one of us could even hope for eternal life in heaven.
It took me by surprise when a friend of mine commented last week that he didn’t believe that something was a “salvational issue” so he didn’t think he needed to do it. Now, I won’t tell you what the issue was, because it doesn’t matter. What does matter is that 1) he acknowledged that the Bible shows that Jesus did it, 2) he acknowledged that the Bible shows that the disciples and new churches founded after the resurrection did it, and 3) he acknowledged that the Bible shows we will be doing it in heaven. But he doesn’t think he has to do it because he doesn’t think it is a “salvational issue”.