Five Steps to
God has only one way of
salvation. Jesus said, "I am the way . . . no man cometh
unto the Father, but by me" (John 14:6). And, God has made
only one method of entering upon that one way of
"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" (Eph.
Clearly, then, the key
is faith. "Without faith it is impossible to please God"
(Hebrews 11:6). "Thy faith hath saved thee" (Luke 18:42).
What is this faith that saves? What does it mean to exercise
this faith in Christ?
convinces a man of his own sinfulness and his inability to
"Both Jews and Gentiles .
. . are all under sin; As it is written, There is
none righteous, no, not one: There is none that
understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God"
Unless you honestly
recognize your sinful condition and utter inability to do
anything to merit salvation, you can never be saved, for
Jesus said, "I came not to call the righteous, but
sinners to repentance" (Mark 2:17).
believes God has provided salvation in the One whom He had
ordained and promised to send as the only Savior of sinners.
"God will provide Himself
a lamb" (Genesis 22:8). The entire fifty-third chapter of
Isaiah is given over to a prophecy of the Messiah who would
suffer and die to bear away the sins of His people. Daniel
9:26 sums it all up with the words, "Messiah shall be cut
off, but not for Himself." Such is God's promise. Faith
takes hold of God's Word and believes that God has not left
us without hope but has provided a Savior as He promised.
But saving faith goes further.
believes that Jesus of Nazareth is the promised Savior and
that there is no other name whereby we can be saved.
"Neither is there
salvation in any other: for there is none other name under
Heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved" (Acts
4:12). Here then are the three basic steps of saving
faith. Study them carefully. Only if you honestly accept
these three things can you experience the final two
all-important steps of saving faith.
4. Faith rests
on Christ as He is revealed in the gospel as the
"He is able to save
them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him"
(Hebrews 7:25). Jesus said, "Come unto Me, all ye that
labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest"
(Matthew 11:28). Faith accepts this simple yet sublime
invitation, believing in the power of the blood of Jesus
Christ, God's Son, to redeem, cleanse, and save the soul.
"In [Christ] we have
redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins"
(Colossians 1:14). Faith ceases working to obtain
salvation and rests wholeheartedly on Christ alone,
because He has purchased salvation by His finished work on
This leads us to the
final step of saving faith.
assures all who receive Christ that all the Lord Jesus
accomplished in His life, death, and resurrection is applied
personally to them.
All who receive Christ by
faith can say with the Apostle Paul, "The Son of God loved
me and gave Himself for me" (Galatians 2:20).
That is, all the merits of the Lord Jesus Christ are made
over to me, in the sight of God! Here is God's description
of the blessedness of the person to whom the merits and
righteousness of Christ are applied. The one "unto whom
God imputeth righteousness without works" (Romans 4:7) is
described in this way: "Blessed are they whose iniquities
are forgiven, and whose sins are covered" (Romans 4:8).
Will you now face up to
the question, "Am I saved? Do I have a saving faith in
Christ?" Do not rest until you know you are saved. This is
the all-important issue facing your soul. Heaven and hell
are before you. Make sure you are saved from hell. Step out
for heaven today, or, as the Word of God puts it, "Let us
labor therefore to enter into that rest" (Hebrews 4:11).
If you have any questions
about what you have read, please
Taken from "Five Steps to
Heaven," published by Let the Bible Speak.