Through faith, Christians accept that they can be freed
from the costs of wrongdoing through the
unconditional love of God.
within Christianity. It refers to the essence of God’s love for us
humans, both individually and as a whole, within our relationships with
him as Christians. It
encapsulates the importance of Jesus’ death on
the cross to each of us
and “saved” are both
aligned with the ultimate gift from God, that is eternal life after
Now, if all this seems a bit too much for you ... say if you are even
struggling with the possible existence of God ... please begin by
reading the article, “How to believe in God”. Trust me on this one: if you are ready to believe, then you can!
“Grace” itself refers directly to God’s
freely giving and loving nature. In many circumstances, God helps us to achieve
through his unconditional gifts of love. For example, he wants to guide us and when we follow that guidance, then he provides a helping hand to our life’s endeavours. Grace can make our lives, as committed Christians, so much more contented than we would normally expect.
A major example of God’s grace, within conventional
and as alluded to above is our being
‘saved’, i.e. receiving eternal life after death ... often much more
than we actually deserve, due to our human urge to get our own way; to
do the ‘wrong things’ in life.
God assists us to put our wrongdoings behind us, i.e. when we repent,
we also use his grace. He helps us in this manner
providing us with a boost of personal strength), sometimes without us
even asking for it, because he loves us and wants us to love him fully
in return. Although not obvious to the uninitiated, a life that is as
free from wrongdoing, as it can be, enables us to have the closest
possible bond with God. Continually doing what we know, in our
consciences, to be wrong just plain messes with our attitude towards
God; interferes with our ability to get closer to him.
this may suggest a way of life that is foreign to our natural
desires. I do not hold myself up as even close to being a perfect Christian,
but I am confident that the closer I do get to what I know God wants of
me, the more happier, contented and satisfied I am with life. So, I
know it to be true. And when I try to improve myself, in this
regard, I can clearly recognise God’s
grace at work; assisting or empowering me to move forward. What I am
trying to say is that, in my experience, grace can be a tangible force
in the life of a Christian.
The beautiful old Christian hymn
“Amazing Grace”, that has been popular for more than
three centuries, is
based on the concept.
JUSTIFIED AND SAVED
Most Christians believe that Jesus,
by dying on the cross out of God’s grace, paid for all their wrong doings or sins thus
their way to heaven after death. The Biblical terms “Saved”
“Salvation”, “Justified”, “Justification”, “redeemed”
and “redemption” relate to that understanding.
our slate clean’ with regards to our sins; redeeming
the cost of wrongdoing (i.e. by buying it back), thereby justifying
our right to eternal life.
In effect, our clean
slate means that
we can enter the Kingdom of God (Heaven) after physical death to enjoy eternal
Note that does
not mean we can just totally disregard
The effect of religious rules and laws on
Christians is presented in the article, “Christian rules and laws”.
I recommend you read that article to fully understand the
context of rules and laws within Christianity. The
major principles and beliefs of Christianity are presented in the Lead Article to this section of the website, “Christianity explained”.
“Saved” has a related meaning to justification/ redemption, in
that, by having faith in Jesus as our Lord and “redeemer”,
Christians are assured
eternal life with God after physical death. Jesus has redeemed our
sins, i.e. bought them back or recovered their cost for us.
Essentially, we are saved from
we believe it is so! The term used in the New
is “saved by faith”
[examples are Ephesians
2:8, Galations - 25].
other words, we are expected to accept Jesus as our saviour, and our Lord of course,
through ‘faith’) to enable this to
happen. In summary, faith in Jesus as such is more important as far as
being saved, than leading a perfect sin-free life.
Jesus’ own resurrection – three days
after crucifixion – actually demonstrated what God has on offer
for us after
actions of God, as represented by the terms
in this article, sit at the core of accepted Christian beliefs.
An excellent example of all the terms ‘in action’ can actually
be found in Romans 3:21-24.
see the article, “Christianity explained” to
place these actions of grace, justification
and being saved into perspective with the religion itself. They are essentially what
sets Christianity apart from its monotheist
siblings, Judaism and Islam.