“For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.“ (John 1:17)
Grace only exists in the Person of Jesus Christ.
No other religious belief offers grace.
Every other religion and belief system is based upon what man has done.
True, biblical Christianity is based upon what Christ has done.
Therefore, God sets before every man a choice in how he will approach God.
Either he will stand before the Lord based upon his own fulfillment of God’s perfect law OR He will stand before the Lord based upon the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ.
There is no middle ground.
The Exclusivity of Grace
Only through Jesus Christ does man have the opportunity to experience grace.
Grace is God doing something for man that he does not deserve. Which man has not merited. Which man, in no other way, could ever achieve.
Grace is the perfect gift of God. It is God doing something based purely on His own goodness and love. Not based on any value that is within man.
“Imputed”, means to apply something to someone’s account that has not been earned. To declare a man to be righteous who is not righteous for any other reason than because God has declared him to be so.
In the Christian’s case, salvation is based upon what the Lord Jesus Christ has purchased for him. While we were still His enemies, He loved us, suffered, and died for us.
Then He applied His own righteousness to our account.
This is a miraculous act performed by the Lord, who “calleth those things which be not as though they were.” (Romans 4:17)
No other religion has any inkling of this. All the belief systems of the world engage man in some form of “achievement” ritual. Endless strivings after a perfection that cannot be obtained by the best efforts of man.
The True Light
This goes to the core of all man’s religions. Whether one lives in the most civilized and technologically-advanced culture or in the most remote and primitive jungle, a man either responds to or rejects “the Light” that God has given to him.
What is this “Light”?
“That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.” (John 1:9)
The Light is Jesus Christ.
There is no place where God’s eternal power and Godhead has not been clearly revealed. From the beginning of Creation, this has been the case. God has revealed Himself through His creation and by the witness of His Spirit in the hearts of men.
Regardless of man’s attempt to push away that Light through religious devotions and philosophies. Regardless of the shroud of darkness under which religious systems bind men in various forms of totalitarian oppression.
The true Light of Jesus Christ has been available to show to every man that he does not measure up to a perfect God. And that no amount of good intentions or zealous efforts can make up for his sinfulness before a pure and holy God.
This means that every soul recognizes who Jesus Christ is. The Holy One of God who has revealed Himself to every soul so that every man might know, love and enjoy His fellowship for ever.
If he chooses to do so.
No person has ever been lost due to not knowing the truth. Because of supposedly being held in darkness away from the light of God’s love for him.
Wherever a man is, in whatever religious system he is immersed, in whatever pagan or even Christian culture he lives, a man chooses to follow or reject the light of Christ.
The Greatest Gift
God has given man the greatest gift possible. Salvation and an eternity of fellowship with Himself is based upon faith. Upon resting in the finished work of Jesus Christ alone. By faith in the words that God has written about Himself.
Not in any other. Not in some other mediator. Not in some mediatorial, priestly system dispensing salvation through rituals or sacraments. Not in the traditions or commandments of men. Not in the philosophies or wisdom of the world.
Salvation is based upon believing and resting exclusively in Jesus Christ. Because He alone offers grace for every one that will believe in Him.
By Faith through Grace Alone
By Christ Alone.
By the Word of God Alone.
“Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift!” (II Corinthians 9:15)