aboutiamlogo

   HOME
 FAITH AND REASON   BELIEVING IN GOD  CHRISTIANITY EXPLAINED 

      section contents

(Supporting article)

Justified and saved by grace

The Christian belief that we humans can be saved
from the costs of sin
through the unconditional love of God
.

CLICK HERE FOR PRINTABLE VERSION

-----------------------------

1. INTRODUCTION

The term grace is one of critical importance 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 individually. The terms justification and saved are both aligned with the ultimate gift from God, that is life after death. 

2.    GRACE

“Grace” refers directly to God’s freely giving and loving nature. In many circumstances, God helps us to achieve our needs through his unconditional gifts of love. As a major example, being ‘saved’, within conventional Christian theology, occurs through God’s grace.

When 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 (i.e. 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. And from our point of view, the state of love for God that we enter into as a result of a close bond, in turn, enables us to enjoy the greatest possible contentment with life.

Initially, 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 Gods 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.

3.    JUSTIFIED AND SAVED

Most Christians believe that Jesus, by dying on the cross out of Gods grace, paid for all their wrong doings or sins thus paving their way to heaven after death. The Biblical terms “Saved” and “Salvation”, “Justified”, “Justification”, redeemed and redemption relate to that understanding.

God has ‘wiped 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 life. Note that does not mean we can just totally disregard our obligations.

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 of 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 death if we believe it is so! The term used in the New Testament is “saved by faith” [examples are Ephesians 2:8, Galations 2:15, 3:22 - 25].

In other words, we are expected to accept Jesus as our saviour, and our Lord of course, (that is 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 death.

4.    CONCLUSION

The actions of God, as represented by the terms explained 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.

Please see the article, Christianity explained to place these actions into perspective with the religion itself. They are essentially what sets Christianity apart from its monotheist siblings, Judaism and Islam.

RETURN TO START OF ARTICLE

 

 



how to read website info


To save time you, the reader, may first read high level information in Lead Articles after clicking the major headings above.

You can then drill down into supporting articles when, and if, you require a deeper understanding on any subject.

Drilling down can be achieved from links in Lead Articles or by selecting "Supporting Articles" from the far left column on those pages.




ABOUT THE AUTHOR
AND MAKING CONTACT

FOR FEEDBACK AND QUERIE
S