Rom. 4:16

Tom Harding

"Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed"–Rom. 4:16.

Most everyone would agree that there is immense need of salvation in the soul of all people. Just look around, there are churches and different denominations of religion everywhere. Surely, people are saying there is a necessity of salvation. The scriptures certainly make it plain that there is a need of salvation. For we read, " For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Rom. 3:23). The difference among men is, how is salvation received? Some say it is received by works, efforts and ceremony or being a member of a certain church. However, the scriptures plainly teach that salvation (the Lord Jesus Christ) is received by faith, not by works. It was said of Abraham, "He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God and being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform" (Rom.4:20-21). God in His infinite wisdom has sovereignly chosen faith as the means to receive His salvation (Rom.5:1; John 3:36). God reveals to us at least two reasons why salvation is received by believing and not by doing.

Tom Harding, Pastor
Zebulon Baptist Church
Pikeville, Ky.

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