The good news is that even though the world and every man and woman is fallen, God through Jesus Christ is making everything clean and good. Because Jesus did not sin, he was able to pay the price for ours, and now human beings can have the hope of fellowship with God. That’s the gospel, and that’s grace.
We come into that fellowship of grace through faith, repentance, and obedience. Jesus Christ has opened a pathway into the very presence of God. And just because we have to step onto that pathway doesn’t mean we have the power to save ourselves. Some Christians seem to think grace means we now have to obey only five or six commandments to be saved instead of the 613 or so in the Old Testament.
If we think that way we miss the point. We are fallen and cannot save ourselves. Period. It’s Jesus who made the way and is the Way.
(c) Copyright 2007, A. Milton Stanley