One of the most difficult lessons for the Christian to learn is that his salvation rests solely on what Christ has done and not one whit on any activity in which he himself may engage.

Readily admitting that Christ is Saviour and Lord, we may still have lurking in the back of our minds the feeling that we can add something to the certainty of our position before God by what we do.

From this fallacy there comes the frenetic activity of some in assuming church responsibilities—activity which, in the minds of many, is equated with being a “good Christian.”

As a result, in the eyes of the world as a whole Christianity is equated with what men do, not with what Christ has done.

We can hear the hurried rejoinder that if Christians do not work for their Lord they are very poor Christians, and to this we enter a hearty “Amen.” The Church is plagued with Christians who do nothing, people who if they are finally prevailed upon to do something in or for the Church feel that in so doing they are being good Christians.

If we search our own minds and hearts, most of us will agree that our activities, no matter how spontaneous they may be, generate within us a feeling of self-satisfaction in which the idea of merit lurks dangerously.

It is possible that the most difficult truth for man to comprehend is that he is saved by God’s grace—through faith—and by nothing else. Obedience, resulting from faith, leads to Christian behavior, which includes how Christians act and what they do to honor their God; but behind all of this and underneath as its sure and abiding foundation is the completeness of the work of Christ in redeeming men from sin and making them righteous in God’s sight.

There are some who regard this as a dangerous doctrine; they feel ...

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