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What determines our salvation? (Ezekiel 14)

According to Scripture, what determines whether or not you will be saved? Some say it's based on being a good person. Others would say church attendance or the kind of church you belong to. Still others might say it's based on good works. But what does God's Word say?


This is probably a question that Christians differ on even though the Bible makes it very clear in both the Old Testament and in the New Testament.


But I was surprised to even see Ezekiel address this point. It's not by any other person's righteousness that we can be saved:


Ezekiel 14:13-14 Son of man, suppose the people of a country were to sin against me, and I lifted my fist to crush them, cutting off their food supply and sending a famine to destroy both people and animals. Even if Noah, Daniel, and Job were there, their righteousness would save no one but themselves, says the Sovereign Lord.

So then the next question is what must we do to be considered righteous by God? It must be based on our works, right? Absolutely not!!


Romans 4:1-3 What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, discovered in this matter? If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about—but not before God. What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”


Abraham was saved by faith alone. Likewise, Scripture tells us that today, we are also saved by faith alone in the finished work of Jesus on the cross, in our place.


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.


Our works do not save us. Our church membership and church attendance do not save us. Being a good person does not save us. If any of those things did save us, we would have something to boast about.


But Scripture says the only thing we are to boast about is the salvation we have through Jesus' sacrifice in our place.


Galatians 6:14 As for me, may I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.


So then what about our works? Do our works really mean nothing? Yes and No.


When it comes to our salvation, our works mean absolutely nothing; all our righteous acts are like filthy rags. (Isaiah 64:6).


However, if we have truly repented of our sins and trusted in Jesus not just as our savior but also as the Lord of our lives, our desire will be to live for God, doing the good works He calls us to do.


Ephesians 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.


This means salvation today is the same as salvation before Jesus' time. In the Old Testament times, people were saved by faith in God and trusting that He would provide a way to save them from their sins.


Salvation after Jesus' death on the cross is based on faith in the way God did provide salvation, through Jesus' death on the cross.


So, our works don't save us. But they do reveal our faith or lack there of.


Our faith is also revealed by our walk, our talk, our priorities, our lifestyle, and how we treat those God places in our path.


When others look at us, do they see the love of Jesus shining through or would they be surprised to hear that we are followers of Jesus?


Dear Lord, Thank you for forgiving my sins and dying on that cross so that I can be saved. Thank you for the reminder that Jesus' death on the cross finished the payment for my sins. There is nothing I can add to the finished work of the cross. Lord, all I can give you is my gratitude, my life, and my love. Lord, please use me to shine your light and give You all the glory. I will boast only in You. In Jesus' name, Amen.


Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries


Luke 21:28 When you see these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.

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