Unlimited: The Most Important Formula In The World
Aug 28, 2020 586
If by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace (Romans 11:6, NIV).
I remember, as a teenager, trying to understand salvation in terms of this formula:
Salvation = X + Y
where X = My Goodness and Y = Jesus’ Goodness.
Now I look back and realise how totally silly I was! It’s the most common mathematical error in the world! (Romans 3:22; 11:6; Ephesians 2:8–9).
The truth about the gospel was one of the hardest lessons I have ever had to learn. And I am still learning it every day, that…
Salvation = Y + 0
(where Y = Jesus’ Goodness and 0 is the value of anything I have ever done).
My performance, deeds, character, past, or present, doesn’t even make it into the formula – never, ever!
The truth is, I was never much good at maths. I really should trust God on this most important equation of all.
Everything in our lives seems to things conspire together to tell us that Salvation = X + Y. Surely there is something you must do? However, we must come to understand the depths of my sinfulness so that we may come to a total dependence on Christ.
Obedience and godly living are always the fruit of salvation, but never the reason. They’re just not part of the formula for how we are saved!
– Eliezer Gonzalez
Eli’s Reflection: Have you ever had any wrong ideas about salvation? What was it that helped you see the truth? Share that with someone today.