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Our Salvation is Based on Performance

Our salvation is 100% based on the performance of obedience,holiness, faithfulness, righteousness, and sinlessness…

…of Jesus. And not of you yourself that you may boast.

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:8-10

It is because of His ability to perform and obey the law flawlessly you are saved.

It is because He was faithful you are made faithful.

It is because He is Holy that you are holy.

It is because He is Righteous that you became righteous.

It is because He was sinless but became SIN that you become sinless in the eyes of our Heavenly Father.

“In this [union and communion with Him] love is brought to completion and attains perfection with us, that we may have confidence for the day of judgment [with assurance and boldness to face Him], because as He is, so are we in this world.“ 1 John 4:17

Isn’t it awesome that we can rest in the finished work of Christ and not have to rely on our own performance! Glory! And if it was based on our performance? We all fall short and would go straight to hell!

That why it is called the Gospel (Good News) of Jesus! Now isn’t this news worth sharing? Praise the Lord!

Now, because He obviously first loved us by being faithful in His performance and saving us I can’t help but want to spread the good news about His good works and do what ever I can to do what pleases Him, because I am thankful for His saving Grace.

Doing it out of thankfulness and gratitude makes it very easy. I could never accomplish it out of my own obedience. I would continually fall short.

Glory!

Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls. For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good–not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne.” Matthew 11:29-30

Thank you, Jesus for swapping yokes. You took my heavy one and gave me your light one.

Russell Lavigne

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