Before we begin with Grace, why should you even care…
Introduction to Plan of Salvation
What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin; As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The universal need for salvation cannot be clearer stated than in these passages of scripture from the book of Romans. God has a plan covering seven distinct parts in a plan of salvation.
Step One: God’s Saving Grace
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
Grace comes from God. It is a gift from God. In reference to Romans 3:24, Matthew Henry writes in his commentary… “But now how is this for God’s glory? It is by his grace, not by the grace wrought in us as the papists say, confounding justification and sanctification, but by the gracious favour of God to us, without any merit in us so much as foreseen.” We cannot save ourselves with our own works.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
We cannot save ourselves without God first taking action.
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
It is only by God’s grace that salvation is made available to us. God has made an unprecedented action in extending His grace unto us.
Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
As some may believe, our salvation does not end here, conversely, it is just the beginning, it is the first step in salvation. God’s action, His grace, then requires us to take action.