Obedience by Faith
the sinner, and he then desires to serve and obey God. Here are four elements of the saving grace of Christ:
1. It forgives and justifies. Acts 13:38-39—“Be it known unto you there- fore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: and by Him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses” (Luke 18:13-14).
2. It saves from sin, or sanctifies. Matthew 1:21—“She shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call His name Jesus: for He shall save His people from their sins.”
1 Corinthians 1:30—“But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemp- tion.”
3. It inspires faith. Ephesians 2:8-10—“By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before or- dained that we should walk in them.”
4. It brings God’s power. Romans 1:16—“I am not ashamed of the gos- pel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salva- tion to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
Forgiveness of sin and power over sin came through the exercise of simple faith in God’s prom- ises and a full surrender of the heart to Him.