Day 56/260: Read Romans 4
A misunderstanding of this chapter has led to the false doctrine of salvation by “faith only.” Burt Coffman properly explained Romans 4:4 this way: “This verse is a simple statement of the truth that if one’s hope of salvation is based upon his having kept the law of Moses perfectly, then such a person could claim that God owed him salvation; and it would not by the virtue of God’s grace at all in such an event.”
To be sure, there is not a thing “only” that saves us. Not faith, not grace, not obedience. Many things, however, work together to bring about the salvation of man.
Man is saved by:
- → Belief (John 3:16)
→ Hope (Romans 8:24)
→ Grace (Ephesians 2:8)
→ Mercy (Titus 3:5)
→ The Word (James 1:21)
→ Obedience (Hebrews 5:9)
→ Baptism (1 Peter 3:21)
→ Faithfulness (Revelation 2:10)
Don’t be deceived by those who claim any one thing is all you need. Search the Scriptures and see how God ties everything together for your salvation.
Memory (Read aloud 5-10 times)
Romans 6:3. Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?
Pray a prayer of praise for God’s saving power.