God’s Part and Man’s Part in the Plan of Salvation

To Sum the Whole Thing Up: A Collection of Writings by J. C. Roady

Anything that man could not do for himself in the saving of his soul God willingly did that for him. But God is not going to do something for us that we are able to do for ourselves. That being true, there are some things that God did, and there are some for us to do. God did His part through Christ, and we are to do our part by accepting Christ.

Christ brought to this world a gospel that was able to save the human family. (Mark 16:15-16; Gal. 1:8-10) It is our part to believe that gospel. (Rom. 1:16; Mark 16:16)

Christ brought to this world the grace that is able to save men. (Eph. 2:5-8) It is out part to let that grace lead us to repent of our sins. (Rom. 2:4)

Christ brought to this world a name in which salvation was placed. (Acts 4:11-12; Eph. 3:14-15) It is our part to confess that name before man. (Matt: 10:32; Phil 2:8-11)

Christ brought His blood to this world and shed it that man could be saved. (1 John 1:7; Pet. 1:18-25) It is our part to be baptized into that blood. (Rom. 6:1-6; Gal. 3:27) Christ established His Church here on earth. (Matt. 16:18; Eph. 5:25-27) It is our part to become a member of that Church. (Acts 2:47; Col. 1:18)

It was Christ who went away to prepare a place called heaven. (John 14:1) It is our part to live a faithful life that we can enjoy that place when life is over. (Rev. 2:10; Rev. 22:14)

The above post is an excerpt from the book, To Sum the Whole Thing Up: A Collection of Writings by J. C. Roady. Follow the link to learn more about the book and purchase your copy today!

We Must Recognize the Need for God’s Grace

The Psalm of the Word: A Study of Psalm 119

Turn to me and be gracious to me, after Your manner with those who love Your name” (Psalm 119:132).

Make Your face shine upon Your servant, and teach me Your statutes” (Psalm 119:135).

David appealed to God to turn to him (Psalm 119:132). Of course, he needed to turn to God as well (more on this point later); but nothing he would do would matter if God did not turn to him. Paul reminded the Gentiles, “Remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ” (Ephesians 2:12-13). If the Gentiles had turned to God but God had not accepted them, they would still be “far off.” God, through His grace, must be willing to accept someone; otherwise, nothing he does will be of any consequence.

Fortunately for us, God has extended His grace to all. But sadly, not all will receive it. Paul said, “The grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men” (Titus 2:11). However, we know that not all will be saved (Matthew 7:13-14). In order to receive His grace, we must be among those who “love [His] name” (Psalm 119:132). We must recognize the need for God’s grace because He does not owe us anything – except punishment for our sins (Romans 6:23) – and we must respond with gratitude and obedience. “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father” (Colossians 3:17). Love, gratitude, and obedience are essential; but they mean nothing without God’s grace first being offered to us.

The psalmist also said, “Make Your face shine upon Your servant” (Psalm 119:135). This is another appeal for grace. This phrase is used several places in the Old Testament to refer to God’s grace (cf. Numbers 6:25; Psalm 67:1; 80:3, 7, 19).

David then tied this back to the word of God: “Teach me Your statutes” (Psalm 119:135). God extends His grace through His word, not apart from His word. The gospel is “the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24) and is, therefore, “the power of God for salvation” (Romans 1:16). But if we “do not obey the gospel,” we will be lost (2 Thessalonians 1:8). We cannot be saved without grace, but we cannot respond to God’s grace without His word.

The above post is an excerpt from the book, The Psalm of the Word: A Study of Psalm 119. Follow the link to learn more about the book and purchase your copy today!

Daily Notes & Observations: “They May Have the Right to the Tree of Life” (Excerpt)

December 31

“They May Have the Right to the Tree of Life”

Daily Notes & ObservationsThose who believe salvation is by grace or faith alone will often charge those of us who believe that obedience is necessary for salvation as trying to somehow earn salvation. While we should answer this false charge, we must also not be afraid to affirm all that the Scriptures teach. Notice these words near the close of the final book of the Bible:

Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done” (Revelation 22:12).

Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city” (Revelation 22:14).

We will be judged according to what we have done. We will be rewarded if our deeds are good when judged according to the Lord’s word. If we wash our robes, or “do his commandments” (KJV), we will enter the city and partake of the tree of life.

But notice what the text says about the tree of life. Those who are faithful will “have the right to the tree of life.” Through our obedience to God, we also have the right to the tree of life.

Of course, all of this is still only possible by the grace of God in making salvation possible. But we cannot ignore the fact that this salvation that God makes possible for us will not happen without our obedience.

So do His commandments that you may also have the right to the tree of life.

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The Root of the Problem: Chapter 1 – The Problem of Sin (Excerpt)

… Jesus’ work in dealing with sin was not limited simply to His providing forgiveness. Forgiveness is certainly important – it is essential, in fact, for the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). When we are forgiven, then through the grace of God we no longer stand to face the penalty for the sins we have committed. Those transgressions will not be remembered against us anymore. Thanks be to God for this fact!

But there is something else that Jesus provides for us in His death. It carries with it a charge that we have been given. Besides forgiveness of sins, Jesus also gives us freedom from sin.

Many do not understand this gift of freedom that Jesus has given. They desire forgiveness, but they also want to continue in their sin. They want the benefits of God’s grace without the responsibility of service to Christ… (p. 2)

You can read more about our freedom from the bondage of sin and our responsibility to remove sin from our lives in The Root of the Problem: Why We Sin & How We Can Overcome. Follow the link to learn more about the book and purchase your copy today!