Week Forty-One Q&A: What is the Lord’s Prayer? Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name, Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
As we conclude our current sermon series entitled, Broken Saviors, I was stuck with the simple, undeniable truth of Ephesians 2:8-9. We are saved by FAITH ALONE (sola fide). Faith, not works. Faith, not religion. Faith, not a series of transformations. And, Faith, not empirical evidence. We’re saved through Faith. But to the carnal man, faith is impossible to prove--therefore it doesn’t exist.
Consider God’s incredible wisdom. How do we know we’re saved? Our faith, given through the Holy Spirit’s indwelling, assures us that God has given us our new redeemed soul, and the Fruit of the Spirit is evidence of that new nature. But that’s not physically apparent to the world around us. Therefore, our saved condition is not obvious. There is no empirical proof of our salvation.
What, if when someone was saved he immediately turned bright blue? Would that give everyone assurance that he was indeed saved and prove to the world the truth of the Gospel? Not really, because the sinful heart of fallen man would still say, “How do we know that turning blue is really proof of salvation? We still don’t believe because no mortal, blue or not, has ever died and come back to life to testify to the truth of the ‘blue equals saved’ doctrine.”
Besides, even if someone did die and come back to life, the truth of that person’s testimony would still be impugned.
Therefore, “Blue equals proof of salvation,” or “Fruit of the Spirit equal proof of salvation,” it doesn’t matter. No one is saved by empirical proof because “...by grace you have been saved through faith. And that faith only comes to us as a gracious gift from God.
And let’s not forget, someone did die and come back to life to testify to the truth of the “faith in God’s Grace” doctrine “but some still doubted.” (Matt. 28:17)
So, in the final analysis, we’re called to present the Gospel as reasonable and logical (given the just and merciful nature of God). But Scripture makes it clear that everyone’s final decision is not based on facts, it’s based on faith. “… and this is not [their] own doing; it is the gift of God.” Sola Fide
Written by Jim De Horn