Acts 15 “Some men came down from Judea and taught the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised after the custom of Moses, you can’t be saved.” 2 Therefore when Paul and Barnabas had no small discord and discussion with them…6 The apostles and the elders were gathered together to see about this matter. 7 When there had been much discussion, Peter rose up and said to them, “Brothers, you know that a good while ago God made a choice among you that by my mouth the nations should hear the word of the Good News and believe. 8 God, who knows the heart, testified about them, giving them the Holy Spirit, just like he did to us. 9 He made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by faith. 10 Now therefore why do you tempt God, that you should put a yoke on the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? 11 But we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they are.”
In the 1st Century, some Jews tried to force Gentile believers to do works to be saved.
Paul called this “a false Gospel” that is not the Grace of God (Galatians 1:6-7).
Peter declared that both Jew and Gentile are saved by Grace through faith in our Lord Jesus.
We are purified by faith in Christ and not by our works.
But the same error of adding works to salvation still exists today.
Some say that it’s not enough to believe in Jesus. They say that you need to repent from sins to be saved. Some others say that only past sins were forgiven but that you need to confess future sins to be saved. Some say that you need to get baptized to be saved, others say you need to tithe to be saved. Some say you need to forgive others to be forgiven. Some say if you stop going to Church, then you will lose salvation.
The truth is that salvation is a gift not earned by good works. Therefore it cannot be lost for any reason for the believer.It is impossible to lose salvation.
Romans 11 “6 And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work.”
We do good works, not to maintain salvation. We turn away from sin, not to avoid loss of salvation. We get baptized because we are saved by faith. We give because we are already saved by faith.
We forgive because we are already forgiven by faith.
So then don’t let anyone convince you to add any human effort to the finished work of Christ.His death, burial and resurrection is the only work that saves, forgives and makes us righteous.
We receive all of this simply by faith in Christ apart from our works.
Acts 13 “38 Be it known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man (Jesus Christ) is proclaimed to you forgiveness of sins, 39 and by him everyone who believes is made righteous from all things, from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses (or any human efforts)”