Not too long ago, a Victory In Grace viewer called in and mentioned he had trouble reconciling an issue. Members of his church said they knew Jesus Christ as their Savior, and yet their lives showed no evidence of salvation. While they went to church on Sunday, on Monday, they acted anything but the way a Christian should act.

This man’s confusion is typical of the church today. No doubt about it, hypocrisy reigns supreme in many parts of the church. There are many people who know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, but do not walk in the Spirit.

I don’t doubt this listener’s sincerity. His concern echoes a much deeper apprehension about the church today. The answer to this confusion isn’t looking at this insincerity and saying that these people must not have gotten saved in the first place. This goes against what Scripture teaches.

In the following days, we’ll be looking at this doctrine and how we can know for sure that we have salvation the moment we put our trust in Christ. Know one thing for sure: we don’t do works to obtain salvation, and we don’t continue to do works to keep having salvation.

Galatians 2:16 states,

Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

Thank God for the gift of your salvation today.

Salvation is the work of God for man; it is not the work of man for God. — Lewis Sperry Chafer

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder