Priceless Grace

Pic quote Ephesians 2 v 10 view

The Lord spoke to my heart this morning about good works using the above verse in Ephesians.  There is a certain phrase that I absolutely cannot stand and I hear it a lot from people who preach a works based salvation.  That phrase is “cheap grace.”  It makes me mad because there is nothing cheap about the blood Jesus shed on the cross for us!  People who use that phrase usually follow it up with a bunch of false preaching and justifications for why they think they have to work their way into Heaven despite what Jesus did for them.  I want to be very clear here.  We are saved by God’s grace alone through faith in Jesus Christ alone!  There are no amount of good works that will ever pay the price for your sin and get you into Heaven.  Any good works we do after we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior are good works that God has prepared for us to do for His glory.  It is not for our glory to do His good works and it is not for our salvation to do His good works.  Our salvation was paid in full by Jesus Christ when He died for us on that cross.  We are saved through faith in Jesus alone.

The term “cheap grace” is used by people who get angry when believers in Jesus like myself preach the Gospel using Ephesians 2:8-9 and Romans 10:9.  They say things like, “is faith in Jesus all we really need to be saved?”  The answer is YES!  That is exactly what the Lord Himself taught us!  We are saved through faith in Jesus Christ and nothing else!

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Jesus speaking in John 3:16

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast.”

Ephesians 2:8-9

“That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Romans 10:9

Now that does not mean you can just keep on living a sinful life after you accept Christ.  You will be filled with God’s Holy Spirit and the Lord will convict you to live righteously.  If you don’t, then you will feel that conviction and you will be under the Lord’s discipline until you turn from it (read Hebrews 12:1-12).  For example, it would not be wise to accept Jesus by faith, then try to keep on getting drunk every weekend or live a promiscuous lifestyle.  Our church says, “Jesus accepts you as you are, but He refuses to leave you that way.”  We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus, not by works.  However, after you accept Christ, the Lord will move in your heart by the power of the Holy Spirit and begin to sanctify you, which is His process of helping you live a righteous life that pleases God.  You will not be able to keep living for yourself and your sinful desires after you receive Jesus by faith.

“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation.  Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory.”

Ephesians 1:13-14

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Against such things there is no law.  Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.  Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”

Galatians 5:22-25

Upon believing in Jesus, you will be filled with the Holy Spirit and you will be blessed with the fruit of the Spirit, which will manifest in your life.  You will be convicted of your sinful desires and you won’t want to live a sinful life anymore.  God will lead you to those good works that He prepared in advance for you to do.  After you accept Jesus, you will have new life in Him and He will work in you to complete the purposes He has for you!

“Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed–not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence–continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.”

Philippians 2:12-13

Take note here that it is God who works in you according to His will.  Paul encourages the believers to continue to “work out” their salvation with “fear and trembling.”  Many people get tripped up over these verses because they incorrectly think that it means we are “working for” our salvation and we have to “fear and tremble” that we might lose it.  Listen to me now, that is NOT what Paul is saying!  The New Testament was written in Greek.  Paul is saying to exercise your faith and put it into action (work out your salvation) while we obey and serve God with great reverence (fear) and awe (trembling).  Paul is NOT saying to work for your salvation while being afraid.  No!  The Lord’s perfect love drives out fear (1 John 4:18) and we are saved by His grace through faith in Jesus, not by works.  We are not doing anything for God as if He should repay us.  He does not owe us anything.  We only do the good works He leads us to because of His Holy Spirit inside of us and all the glory goes to Him, not us.

“Oh, the depth of the riches

of the wisdom and

knowledge of God!

How unsearchable his

judgments,

and his paths beyond

tracing out!

Who has known the mind of the Lord?

Or who has been his

counselor?

Who has ever given to

God,

that God should repay

him?

For from him and through

him and to him are all

things.

To him be the glory

forever!  Amen.”

Romans 11:33-36

Amen!  To Him be the glory!  God does not owe us anything and we have never given to God that He should repay us!  The good works we do are for His glory.  He saves us by His grace through faith in Jesus, then He fills us with His Holy Spirit and sends us on our way as He works in us for His will and good purpose.

It always amazes me that any believer in Jesus could talk legalistically about works they have done as if God owes them something for it.  Let me be lovingly blunt.  If you talk about “cheap grace” and you still think you need to work your way into Heaven, then you are living under a bondage that God already set you free from!  You wouldn’t be doing any good works if you were still dead in your sins without the Holy Spirit.  It is God who works in us to lead us to good works, which we complete for Him through obedience and faith and all the glory goes to God.  We are not working for our salvation.

Can you imagine if I went down to Denver to help the homeless, then came back on my blog bragging about what I had done?  It would be ridiculous, right?  That’s right, and I don’t do that because any ministry I do is for His glory.  It’s not about me and I don’t glorify myself for it.  My job is to simply be obedient to His call whenever He leads me to good works He prepared for me to do.  He prepared those good works in advance for me to do well before I ever knew Him.  We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus.  No amount of good works I do will ever save me and that is not why I do them.  We do it to please God out of deep gratitude for what He did for us, plain and simple.  We don’t do it to rack up points to get into Heaven.

A few months ago, I got tangled up with some false preachers who preach salvation by works.  I asked them what they had done that God should repay them.  I asked them how many points they could boast about from all the good works they had done.  I also asked them to explain how they are saved if Christ’s blood was not sufficient for them.  They couldn’t answer me.  They just had angry rants about why their legalistic false teachings were right.  I pointed them to Galatians, specifically regarding the argument Paul had with Peter for being legalistic (Galatians 2:11-21, 3:1-5) and reminded them that if we could be saved through observing the law, then Christ died for nothing.

“For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God.  I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.  The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.  I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”

Galatians 2:19-21

Jesus Christ is the perfect atoning sacrifice for our sin and it is through faith in Him that we have peace with God.  Jesus died on that cross for you, for me, and for everyone in this world and there is nothing cheap about what He did for us!  He died for us to forgive us of every sin and reconcile us with God, so we can stand before Him holy and pure!  Does that sound like “cheap grace” to you?!  Of course not!  It is not a “cheap grace” that God does not require us to work our way into Heaven.  It is beautiful and powerful and it is a gift to be received!  We could never work for it as if we could earn salvation.  All of us have sinned and there is nothing we can do to save ourselves.

“But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.  This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.  There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.  God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood.  He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished–he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.

Where, then, is boasting?  It is excluded.  On what principle?  On that of observing the law?  No, but on that of faith.  For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law.”

Romans 3:21-28

So, next time you hear somebody talking about how preaching salvation by grace through faith in Jesus is a “cheap grace,” I hope you remember just how truly precious His grace is in saving you and that there is nothing cheap about it!  Jesus paid the price for every one of your sins past, present, and future.  If that wasn’t the case and you had to work your way into Heaven, you would see just how truly priceless His grace is.  We could never bear to pay the penalty for our sin ourselves!  The penalty is death, which is separation from God!  Only Jesus could pay that price for us and rise victorious over sin and death!

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Romans 5:8

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 6:23

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.”

Romans 8:1-2

Jesus Christ is Lord and there is no other way on this earth to be saved.  You will die in your sins if you don’t believe in Him.  If you think you can work your way into Heaven, you are wrong.  All of our works are dirty rags to the Lord and there is only one work the Father requires of us and that is to believe in Jesus!  Those who do God’s will enter Heaven, and what is God’s will?  That everyone believes in Jesus!  That is God’s will!

“Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”

Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”

John 6:28-29

“For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.  And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day.  For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”

Jesus in John 6:38-40

“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”

Acts 4:12

Notice the disciples asked Jesus what the “works” were that God required and Jesus answered by saying there is only one work of God required and that is to believe in Him.  Jesus is trustworthy and I take Him at His Word.  I praise God for His priceless grace and I am so thankful that we are not required to work our way into Heaven.  Our salvation is secure and guaranteed through faith in Jesus Christ and nothing else, and to that eternal truth I say, “Hallelujah!”  Rest in that grace forever and remember, any good works you do are for His glory; not your salvation.  Jesus paid for your salvation in full.  That is the Gospel of Jesus Christ and that is the priceless grace I preach in His Glorious Name!

Grace and peace to you all in the saving grace of Jesus Christ!

“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.  And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.”

Romans 5:1-2

P.S.

Here are some of the posts I wrote regarding the truth that we are saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus and we cannot lose our salvation in Him.  God bless you all!

Salvation By Grace Alone Through Faith Alone in Christ Alone (Not by works!) (I wrote this one back in August of 2018 when I first started blogging)

You CANNOT Lose Your Salvation!

Do The Will of God & Live Forever!

Peaceful Morning & A Bold Word

People Misunderstand Hebrews 6:4-6

My Letter To The “Lose Your Salvation” Preacher

Powerful Guarantee!

Why Did Paul Oppose Peter?

Completed Faith

A Trustworthy Promise

 

 

 

 

Author: Author Ryan Callahan

Hello, and welcome to my site! I am an Independent Christian Author (One Man's Very Strange Supernatural Life), blogger, and every day minister to whomever God sends my way. My main goal with this blog is to help people come to know Jesus, help people understand the Bible, and to minister to a lost and hurting world. This site is about hope, new beginnings, grace, mercy, forgiveness, and love! I'm glad you are here, God bless you! Copyright © 2019 Ryan Callahan. All rights reserved.

52 thoughts on “Priceless Grace”

  1. This is what we need to do a better of job of teaching. Just what you said….”Upon believing in Jesus, you will be filled with the Holy Spirit and you will be blessed with the fruit of the Spirit, which will manifest in your life. You will be convicted of your sinful desires and you won’t want to live a sinful life anymore. God will lead you to those good works that He prepared in advance for you to do. After you accept Jesus, you will have new life in Him and He will work in you to complete the purposes He has for you!”

    There’s so much more that goes along with “giving the preacher your hand and God your heart!”

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  2. Excellent, Ryan, so well stated, and backed by scripture!! So sad there are people who think they can enter Heaven by doing things themselves. Unbelievable really. I’m so glad you wrote this great piece. Amen, Ryan!

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  3. Amen! I agree wholeheartedly! That would be scary if I had to work for my salvation, I just wouldn’t be able to. Jesus has done it all and I am so thankful for that! Stay with the truth brother! Praying for you, God bless!

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  4. It’s a fact that many churches DO preach “cheap grace” or “greasy grace” as some call it. Just say a prayer, donate to a ministry that’s already sitting on a mountain of funds, you’re all set. We are saved by His grace alone, but unless you’re dying and a prayer is all you have time to say, then a single prayer ain’t gonna do it. Actions are required of us.

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    1. We have had these conversations before brother. Tell me brother, what actions can you do that can save you apart from faith in Jesus Christ? Have you done good works that can save you apart from Him? No, because we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus, not by works. Tell me, what actions are required of us apart from believing in Jesus to be saved? There are no actions that can save us. Did the criminal on the cross have time to jump off the cross and do a bunch of good works after he professed his faith in Jesus? No he did not, yet Jesus told him he would be with Him in paradise that day.

      Confessing faith in Jesus Christ is what saves us. If someone comes to Jesus and believes in Him, that person will be saved. I take Jesus at His Word. Any good works we do after accepting Christ are done by Him, for Him, and through Him and it is for His glory not ours. Galatians 2:21 is very clear that we are not made righteous by observing the law. We are made righteous through faith in Christ. Yes, God will clean us up and guide us in His purpose for us, which means we will be doing good works for Him, but those good works are not for our salvation.

      “I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort? Have you suffered so much for nothing–if it really was for nothing? Does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you because you observe the law, or because you believe what you heard?”
      Galatians 3:2-5

      It’s because we believe what we heard! When someone puts their faith in Jesus Christ, that person is saved just as Jesus told us. Our works are dirty rags to the Lord and they will not save us. It’s not accept Jesus plus works saves you. Only Jesus saves you! God will call us to actions of faith after we accept Christ, but that is not for our salvation. He saves us, then the good works we do are a result of the Holy Spirit within us sanctifying us and helping us be obedient to God. A single prayer of confession of faith in Jesus Christ is exactly what is going to save people! If you don’t believe that, then you are not believing in the Gospel of Jesus Christ (John 3:16, Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 10:9-13).
      God bless!

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      1. None of those verses he wrote about say you can lose your salvation. It’s really sad you and that guy think you can work your way into Heaven. What did Jesus die for then bro? What can you do to save yourself? I am trusting in Jesus and you guys are trusting in works. That guy was still saved the entire time he back slid. He was not living the abundant life in the power of the Spirit and he was under the Lord’s discipline, but he was still saved through his faith in Jesus. The Lord disciplines and convicts us when we fall (Hebrews 12:1-12), but we are still saved by faith in Him. Jesus never left him. Jesus will never leave us nor forsake us and nothing can snatch us out of His hand.

        “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” John 10:27-30

        Are you and eclectic contrarian greater than Jesus and the Father? No, you are not. I will listen to Jesus, not you guys.

        We are saved by God’s grace alone through faith in Jesus Christ alone. Your argument is with God Himself, not with me. I don’t know if you guys grew up in a legalistic church or what. Jesus clearly taught that faith alone in Him is what saves us. I rest and trust in His grace that is all sufficient because He was the perfect atoning sacrifice for all of my sins (Romans 3:21-26). It is by grace we have been saved, not by works! It is by His blood your sins are washed away and made white as snow (Isaiah 1:18), not your works which are dirty rags to the Lord (Isaiah 64:6). Jesus was pierced for our transgressions (Isaiah 53:5) and it is through His Holy shed blood upon the cross that we are saved! It is through Jesus Christ alone that we are saved! Glory to Your Holy Name Lord Jesus!

        How can you claim to know Christ, but not glorify Him as He deserves to be glorified? How is it you think good works you do are being done by you for your glory? As if God owes you something. As if you could earn your salvation by racking up points with God. It is ridiculous and blasphemous! It is the Holy Spirit in us that empowers us to do the good works, which God prepared for us to do. We didn’t prepare the good works and it is not in our power that we do them. You are not saved by good works and you don’t deserve any credit for any good works you may do. The glory goes to God!

        I don’t agree with you or this eclectic contrarian guy. That is not at all what the verses he wrote about mean. Go read Ephesians 2:8-9 and Galatians 2:21 again. I point people to Jesus Christ. You guys are pointing people to salvation by works, which is not the Gospel. You didn’t answer my question. Tell me, what works are required of you and what works can you do to save yourself apart from faith in Jesus? What have you done that God owes you?

        We are utterly sinful brother and we are saved by the blood of Jesus Christ alone. If He had not died for us, then we would still be dead in our sins no matter how many good works we do. You either trust in Jesus Christ for your salvation or you don’t. Yes, we do good works after we accept Jesus, but those are not for our salvation. God prepares those good works and they are for His glory, not ours. His grace will always be sufficient for us and I take Jesus at His Word when He said, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16.

        Jesus either paid for all of your sins or He didn’t. There is no middle ground. You either trust Jesus Christ for your salvation by faith or you don’t. Trusting in yourself and good works will never save you.

        “That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified , and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile–the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
        Romans 10:9-13

        Don’t argue with Jesus brother. Like the Apostle Paul said, when you confess faith in Jesus Christ, you are saved and you will never be put to shame and that goes for everyone who calls on His Glorious Name!

        “I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”
        Galatians 2:21

        Your works will not save you and it is the height of arrogance against God to think they will. It is not Jesus plus your works saves you. Only Jesus saves you! There is nothing your dirty rag works can do to save you and it is arrogant to think so. I am fully trusting in Jesus Christ for my salvation just like the criminal on the cross, and I pray you and that guy do too.

        Grace and peace to you brother.

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      2. P.S. Here is my reply to eclectic contrarian regarding this post of his you put here. I don’t know if he will approve it on his site or reply to me, but this is what I sent to him:

        “Brother, you were still saved, but you were living under God’s discipline for sure (Hebrews 12:1-12). Only the Blood of Jesus can save us brother (Isaiah 53:5). You have been purchased by Jesus and your sins were paid for in full (Romans 3:21-26). You have eternal life through your faith in Him (John 3:16). You were sealed by the Holy Spirit and your salvation is guaranteed (Ephesians 1:13-14). There are no works before or after accepting Christ that can save you (Ephesians 2:8-9, Galatians 2:21). Jesus is very clear over and over that He is the only way to salvation (John 14:6). I just wrote a post about God’s grace the other day and I have written about this many times. Please see my post “Priceless Grace” and take a look at the links I attached at the end of the post as well as the comments section. I had a conversation with our brother J-M in Australia regarding your post here because he linked your post in my comments section. We are saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone and nothing else. It is not Jesus plus works saves you. Only Jesus can save you. Yes, we live for righteousness after we accept Christ, but it is the Holy Spirit in us that is doing the sanctifying work, not us. God does not owe you anything (Romans 11:35) and all of our works are dirty rags to the Lord (Isaiah 64:6). You either trust in Jesus Christ for your salvation or you don’t. When Jesus said, “It is finished,” I trust Him (John 19:30). I take Him at His Word when Jesus says He will raise me up at the last day because I believe in Him (John 6:35-40). Nothing can snatch you out of His hand brother (John 10:27-30). Jesus said so Himself and you are not greater than Jesus or the Father. None of us are. We are utterly sinful to the core and our only salvation is through faith in Jesus (Romans 5:1-11)! It is His blood that washes away our sins and justifies us before God. Our dirty rag works could never do that. Don’t be afraid of losing your salvation. God’s perfect love drives out fear (1 John 4:18). Jesus’ blood paid for it all! Grace and peace to you brother.”

        Also J-M, don’t forget what the Apostle Paul said in Romans 7 and Philippians 3. We are wretched and sinful and we can put no confidence in the flesh. We are not perfect and only Jesus can rescue us from this body of death! I agree with Paul. Grace and peace brother!

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  5. Wonderfully said! Amen!
    The truth you speak needs to be repeated constantly. It can’t be said enough that salvation comes through Christ alone. Not through any works of our own (so we can boost about), not through others coattails, not through ‘many’ avenues. BUT through one narrow road that leads to the Father through the resurrected Christ, ALONE. Faith in Him, trust in Him and never let go of Him.
    Keeping the commandments of God and having the testimony of Jesus Christ shows we really love Him and the Father for His gift; in this we are His. The law tells us our faults and if we really love Him, our neighbors, ourselves, we abstains from them with His Holy Spirit that guides us. Jesus didn’t come to abolish the law but to make it easier to shun away from committing them and if we fall, to confess. And pray for strength to abide in Him. So the guilt doesn’t carry us to our graves. As the thief on the cross, witnessed, He believed, knew Jesus did no wrong, knew he (the thief) violated the law (not that the law saved him), but showed him where he went wrong he confessed, his heart was cleanse and forgiven.
    As you have mentioned, ‘the good works is for God’s glory, not our salvation’. In people seeing our change in our behavior it brings glory to God and hopefully their own reflection to change within. That’s what God wants a true relationship with us based on mutual love, honesty and respect.

    Again a great message.
    Thank you. Many blessings and prayers to you and yours.

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