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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

Salvation is by Faith Alone (2 Kings 5)

Have you ever noticed that Christianity is the only religion that believes in salvation by faith alone? All other religions try to add something to the salvation equation.

In 2 Kings 5 there is a man of great stature named Naaman. He was a Syrian with leprosy and was told the God of Israel could heal him. So Naaman traveled to Israel to see the prophet, Elisha, and offered him great gifts to heal him from leprosy.

Naaman thought to be healed he needed to contribute something; pay part of the price. He also had a specific expectation of how Elisha should heal him. So when Elisha sent a messenger rather than going to Naaman personally and told him to wash himself in the muddy Jordan River 7 times, he was furious.

2 Kings 5:10-11 Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh will be restored to you and you will be clean.” But Naaman was furious and went away and said, “Behold, I thought, ‘He will surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place and cure the leper.’”

Could it be that it’s easier to see Naaman’s pride in how he wanted to pay for God to heal him as well as his expectation of how God should heal him than it is to see our own pride in similar situations?

Often times we feel like God’s offer of salvation simply by repenting of sin and trusting in the finished work of Jesus on the cross isn’t enough.

Many want salvation some other way rather than by trusting in Jesus. Or maybe we want to add our own works to the salvation equation. We think in order to truly be forgiven of all of our sins, we must do certain things other than just repenting and believing in Jesus.

Thinking that way is being prideful like Naaman. God wants us to humbly accept His grace without trying to attach our own works to the salvation equation.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Dear Lord, I understand that the root of all sin is pride. I am guilty of wanting to do things my way and thinking I can accomplish your will by my works. Lord, please let me remember to constantly humble myself before You. I can only accomplish your will by submitting to You and fully obeying You. Lord, please remind me to submit to You and obey You in all things today and every day. Your will and your way, not my way.

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