The doctrine of salvation somehow divides the Christiandome. Some say that salvation is by faith alone, some say it is by grace and others say it is by grace and by faith, or is by work. Some also believe that it is by faith and by works, while some are more into by grace through faith or by grace through faith plus work.
Reading some articles helped me understand the doctrine of salvation; I myself was a believer of by faith alone, but not so anymore.
Is salvation by work?
No, definite not. Salvation cannot be attained by works as said in Eph. 2:9, “not by works, so that no one can boast.” If salvation can be attained by works, then, we might have something to boast to God and Jesus need not to die since we can attain salvation by works. Titus 3:5 declares, “he saved us not because of works done by us in righteousness”.
Is salvation by faith?
I don’t think so. Nowhere in the bible does it say that salvation is by faith.
Is salvation by faith and by work?
If salvation is not by work, and neither is by faith, it is logical as well to think then that salvation cannot be by faith and work.
Salvation is by grace through faith
Indeed, it is. Eph. 2:8 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God”. By this, it means that God’s grace is the source of salvation and not faith. Faith is the means to salvation; it is through faith that we receive salvation, but salvation alone is the gift of God, it is not of any man’s doing, lest man boasts.
Faith is also a gift from God, it is not of your own doing, but it is the gift of God. Faith comes by hearing and hearing the words of God, and faith grows because Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith.
And so John 3:16 says, “whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but will have everlasting life”.
What about work?
Good work is not a condition to salvation, for again, salvation is by grace through faith, the gift of God. If good work is a condition to salvation then, we have something, at least, to boast to God.
But not so, because good works were ordained by God for us to walk on.
Eph. 2:10 declares, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Rightly so, then, that if good work is prepared for us, then it is not for our credit that we do good works. It’s God’s. Through our communion with him, the good works prepared for us are manifested; it is the manifestation of being one with God. For how can there be no good work when God has prepared good works for us in advance? Hence, our faith is not dead.