Question: If salvation is by grace alone and not by
works then could not a Christian live any old way if grace alone
Answer: Salvation is clearly defined in
Ephesians 2:8-9 as being
by grace (on God's part) and faith (on our part) ALONE and "not
of works lest any man should boast." The following verse states,
"For we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus unto good
Ephesians 2:10 Grace
alone saves, but grace is never alone. Salvation is not by works
BUT IT WORKS.
We have too many professing Christians who have a salvation that
DOES NOT WORK. Paul could say, "I am what I am BY THE GRACE OF
Salvation is like a person that has a plumbing problem. They
know nothing about plumbing. They are absolutely incapable of
fixing it, but they know a plumber that they believe can fix it.
Their confidence in him is so high that through their faith in
him they call him to fix it. They do no more. They leave it all
to him. If when he is finished the plumbing works then their
faith in him produced it, for had they not called him in it
would still be the same. A person has a sin problem. Their life
is all messed up. They cannot straighten it out. They are
absolutely helpless (Romans
5:6). So they call in a
Saviour. They trust in Him to do for them what they cannot do
for themselves. He comes in and the life begins to work right.
He is able to save to the uttermost.
Hebrews 7:25. So the
plumber comes in and the plumbing works. The Saviour comes in
and the life works.
If you have a salvation that does not work it is NOT THE
SALVATION THE SAVIOUR PROVIDED. It is a reflection on the
ability of the Saviour to profess salvation and live habitually
is known sin. Good works have nothing to do with saving; but it
is the evidence that we are saved.
3:8 "...that they which
have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works."
"For the grace of God that bringeth salvation ... teaches us to
denying ungodliness and worldly lusts we should live soberly,
righteously and godly..."