The Holy Bible tells us, in Ephesians 2:8-9: "For by grace are you saved, through faith, and that not of yourselves. It is the gift of God, not of works lest any man should boast."
"For by grace"-- somewhere back in the eons of time, perhaps even before our great God created the universe, He had the vision of bringing one special planet into being. It would be special because it would have an atmosphere with everything sufficient to support life. He would create all kinds of elements and living things: plants, animals, insects, fowl, and water and air, all to sustain His one supreme creation -- Man!
Man would be created in God's image and he would have dominion over all the earth. He gave man the capacity to think and reason and, therefore, to make choices. He made him for His own fellowship, as they walked and talked together. God loved man with a supreme love, which we now know as God's grace. Eventually, man made a bad choice and disobeyed God, which caused sin to come into the world. But, by His grace, God still loved him. Praise His Holy Name! He still loves us today!
"Are you saved?" We, who believe in God, are "saved" from Hell's fire and damnation, from eternal torment and separation from God. We are "saved" to Heaven, that wonderful place of eternal bliss where we shall live forever with the Saints of God and with God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
"Through Faith." Faith is believing in God through Jesus Christ. Hebrews 11:1 says: "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." It is trusting in God completely and committing oneself to Him. Every person has a choice; one can believe in God and choose Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, or one can choose not to believe in God and trust in himself.
I believe that most people in our country actually do believe there is a God, but they do not fully put their trust and faith in Him. This is a great error, for the Bible plainly says one must be born again; one must call on the name of the lord: "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Romans 10:13."
This is the key to being saved -- One must pray and ask God to forgive his sins in the name of Jesus Christ. This is the act of repenting, or confession of ones sins. In my opinion, this is not difficult to do. It is simply admitting one's sins and sincerely putting one's faith and trust in Jesus Christ.
If one does this, and means it sincerely, then God will honor his prayer and forgive his sins. This is not difficult but very important! Your decision here will either ensure that you are going to Heaven when you die, or will condemn you to Hell for all eternity.
The question is, will you live with God in Heaven or with Satan in Hell? Only you can decide!
Next week, we will comment on the rest of Ephesians 2:8-9.