Man is helpless without God

Man is helpless without God: Many people love to go to auctions. There are so many kinds, from art to animals. They go and make their bids on items, not knowing if they have bid too high or too low. They don’t know if someone with deeper pockets will out bid them and take that prize painting home.

You can argue that people with unlimited cash can win the day, but that’s a small number. When a person does good works to earn favor with God, it is like that auction, only the sale will never be made because no amount of money will secure the transaction.

Man is helpless without God

God’s plan from the very beginning was to have man come to the understanding that, apart from God, man is helpless. If it were otherwise, then man would be in control of his own destiny, owing nothing to the one who created him.

All too many people believe they are the center of things, with no room for God in their lives. But God has always given man signposts, indicators of right and wrong, intended not for discipline or punishment, but for a compassionate desire that man have a good life.

Ten Commandments a guide for us

God gave the law to Moses. The Ten Commandments were written to guide man into a right relationship with God. They are the basis of all western law and to this day serve as a guide for justice.

But, if you read each one and carefully examine the truth of it, you will discover that you’ve probably broken every one of them by thought, word or deed. They are impossible to follow.

You can’t buy your way to heaven, nor can you work your way to heaven, because God has already done all of the work, and He doesn’t need your money nor your works. He imparts righteousness by faith.

How much faith? Well, just to simple confession that we are sinners and we recognize Jesus as Lord and savior is an act of faith God can work with. We are helpless to save ourselves. It is only the death, burial and resurrection of Christ that ensures our salvation. Believe in these things not your own way.

For it , not your own way. is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Salvation is not subjectiveYou either believe in Jesus or you don’t!

This is a definitive statement made by the Apostle Paul. Salvation is not subjective. Do you believe Christ died on the cross to pay for your sins, and that He was resurrected on the third day? Yes or no.

Salvation by grace is the major dividing point between Christianity and all other faiths. Religion is man’s attempt to make himself acceptable to God.

Salvation by God’s grace is what God did to make us acceptable. All we need do is ask for grace from God through Jesus and He gives us grace.

It’s free. We can’t buy it or work for it. It can’t be earned. No amount of good deeds will be sufficient.

Belief in Jesus, man is helpless without God

Jesus taught this to his disciples and followers. He was specific about the important points.

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” (John 14:6-7)

So, how does God, the Holy and perfect creator, view our works in comparison to His own? Ours do not stand up. There is no substitute or comparison to heavenly perfection.

All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, (Isaiah 64:6)

Faith has always been the key factor

The Apostle Paul drew the comparison between the Old and New Testament understanding s of salvation. But understand that faith has always been the key factor.

Moses describes in this way the righteousness that is by the law: “The man who does these things will. But the righteousness that is by faith says: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?'” (that is, to bring Christ down) “or ‘Who will descend into the deep?'” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).

But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: 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 10:5-12)

Always about faith

God’s plan of salvation by faith did not change over the centuries. Long before He sent His Son, salvation or justification by faith was always in force. It was never about what we did. It was always, is and shall always be about what He does.