Saved by Grace?
By Leta Van Brussel
Recently, someone commented to me that he was “saved by grace.” Then sometime later the same person said,“I think when we die; we cease to exist!”
How can this same person hold two totally contradicting beliefs? For “what” was he saved? Surely not for peace and G-D’s blessings in this life - if we all love G-D and follow His commandments, we will live in peace with one another, and G-D will bestow his blessings upon us. So for “what purpose” was he redeemed or saved?
If we cease to exist after death, G-D, in His love for us, would not have needed to come in human form as Yeshua to live among us and to offer his physical body as the perfect lamb sacrifice for the atonement of our sins. We had the temple sacrifice of the sin offering and immersion in water to make us ritually pure, so we could enter into the temple to worship AD-NAI. He is holy, so we had to be purified - sanctified, made holy - to enter into His presence, till we either sinned or became ritually unclean again.
But G-D wants us to live with Him for eternity! He is holy, He cannot have sin in His eternal presence. So we had to be purified permanently - redeemed from our sins to be able to spend eternity with Him. A sacrificed goat on His temple altar, as a representative of our sins, was not sufficient for permanent redemption. It had to be a human for us humans. But just any human would not do. A lamb offered to AD-NAI as a burnt offering had to be a pure, unblemished lamb. So too, the human sacrifice had to be unblemished by sin. Only G-D’s love for us manifested as Yeshua, qualified. The sacrificial death of His pure physical body atoned for all of our sins so that we could enter into His presence as purified and holy for eternity with Him upon our death.
At Yeshua’s last passover Seder meal He said:
John 14:1-4 TLV “Do not let your heart be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in Me. In My Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and take you to Myself, so that where I am you may also be. And you know the way to where I am going.”
When Yeshua rose from the grave, showed Himself in transfiguration and ascended into the heavens, He proved that He is G-D and could make this promise, as G-D is faithful, He always keeps His word.
So are we now free to do as we please, sin as we desire, knowing we have been saved?
John 14:15 TLV “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.
Are we saved by grace alone, or do we also have to follow G-D’s commandments?
There was a father who made a beautiful yard for his two young children to play in. He planted grass, built a swing set for them, and gave them a sandbox to enjoy. He warned them of the danger of the street and told them to stay in the yard he had provided.
One day they ran out into the street to chase their ball. He ran out and rescued them - “saved them” from getting hit by a car. He warned them again to stay in the yard.
One child appreciated having been “saved,” was sorry for having disappointed his father who had provided the wonderful place for him to play and thereafter followed his father’s law out of respect and love for him.
The other child wanted to enjoy the greater freedom of running out into the street. So he did so again and again. One day he was hit by a car and killed.
Both had been “saved” by the mercy and grace of their father, but only one reaped the reward of a long healthy life because he followed his father’s law.
How “saved” are we by G-D if we willingly disobey his commandments? Do we throw away our “saved?” Does He want us to live with him forever in eternity if we are continually unappreciative and disobedient toward him?
Do we love, thank and respect G-D for all He has provided for us and want to spend eternity with Him? Or do we love ourselves and our own pleasures more?