Every religion in the world is a system of “faith and works” to please God or attain salvation. It is all about man’s efforts to reach Gods by their works.
But Jesus Christ did not come to start a new religion.
He came to end all man-made religions. He came to end all human effort to reach God.
Jesus is God coming down from heaven to give us grace and save us!
Christianity is about Jesus doing everything for us and we receive His grace by faith and not by our works.
The simplicity of Christianity is this:
Acts 10 “38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him. 39 “We are witnesses of everything he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They killed him by hanging him on a cross, 40 but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen. 41 He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen—by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. 43 All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.””
Jesus Christ is the Son of God who died on the cross for the sins of the world, forgiving all our sins by His death.
He rose after 3 days and ascended to heaven.
He will come again to judge the world on the last day when He will raise all the dead.
John 3 “16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.”
Everyone who believes in Jesus Christ is forgiven all sins, and is made righteous without works!
Everyone who believes in Jesus receives eternal life and will not be condemned on the last day.
Everyone who has not believed in Jesus will perish forever in condemnation.
Once a person believes in Jesus Christ, we live the Christian life the same way it began.
Colossians 2 “6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ. 9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and in Christ you have been brought to fullness.”
You don’t need to do any works to become saved or more spiritual. You are already complete in Christ by His death and resurrection, so give thanks everyday and wait for Him to return to bring the salvation on the last day.
1 Corinthians 11 “23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”
We give thanks to Jesus for His gift of salvation and wait till He returns or we go home to heaven to be with the Lord forever.
1 Thessalonians 5 “16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus….23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.”