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From: Forthright Magazine <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Tue, 3 Apr 2012 04:32:03 -0700 (PDT)
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Straight to the Cross

Richard Mansel goes to the Bible to answer ... "The
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COLUMN: LIVING THE FAITH

Grace and conversion
 by Richard Mansel, managing editor
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The greatest need of mankind is the forgiveness of sins
(Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23). Sin separates us from God
and without an answer, we will be lost eternally
(Isaiah 59:1-2l; Matthew 25:46).

God provided the solution by sending Jesus, his son, to
die for our sins. "For when we were still without
strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly"
(Romans 5:6, NKJV). Since we have all sinned, Christ
died for each of us (John 3:16).

The death of Jesus was full of grace, being something
that we have no right to be offered. "But God
demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we
were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8).
His love, grace and mercy is solely responsible for the
availability of salvation.

"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and
that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of
works, lest anyone should boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Salvation is completely by God but there are things we
must do to obtain salvation. Grace allows sinful man
the opportunity to come to Christ for help (Hebrews
4:16; James 4:10).

Without Jesus' sacrifice on the cross, there would be
no chance of conversion. We serve because he died for
us. Jesus made the ultimate selfless act which created
the tableau of salvation that changed the world.

While we cannot do anything to merit the gift of
salvation, we must accept the gift by faith, believing
Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, who died for the
world, repenting of our sins, confessing Christ as Lord
and having our sins washed away in baptism (Hebrews
11:6; Romans 10:10; Luke 13:3-5; Acts 2:38; Acts
22:16).

As Christians, grace walks with us as God's people by
the promise of God (Hebrews 13:5; John 14:17-18). His
blood will continually cleanse our sins as we serve and
work in his kingdom (1 John 1:7).

Finally, we will be saved by works, indicating our
allegiance and commitment (Revelation 20:11-15). Yet,
when our lives are over, no matter how obedient we have
been, we will still need grace to be saved (Luke 17:5-
10).

We can never merit salvation, but by walking and living
in Christ, we will find eternal life in him and in his
church (Ephesians 1:22-23; Romans 8:1).

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