In the last issue we pointed out that Jesus dealt with man’s root sin problem when He gave His life on the cross. He is the “Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” But, if Christ takes away the
sin of the world is it not then implied that all are automatically forgiven, that all are right with God? The answer is NO! God can forgive because of Christ but He will only forgive those who place their faith in Christ. He gave the Son that “whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Christ paid the penalty for sin but only those who believe in Him will avail of His sacrifice.
But this sounds too easy. Far too simplistic! Is this all that God demands? Faith in Christ and nothing more!!!? What about good works? Should I not strive with all my might to keep the “10 commandments” and get my life cleaned up first? Isn’t there some religious thing I must do? Surely there be more than faith in Christ alone!!! The answer is NO! On this point the Bible could not be clearer and more emphatic. In fact, any addition to faith in Christ is a perversion! Good works, religious activity, giving of money, going to church or trying your very best will not be accepted by God. “Good works” cannot earn salvation. Your eternal standing before God hinges on whether or not you have faith in Christ.
Next time we will look at what the Bible means by “faith in Christ”?