… being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
— Romans 3:24
Today there are so many people who do not even begin to understand the rudiments of Christianity and who suppose that salvation is something they earn by their own good works. They are utterly far afield. They do not know that salvation is an unearned gift—unmerited, undeserved, and unworked for. It is a gift given purely by the grace and goodness of God.
I have asked many people, “What do you think we contribute to our own salvation?” Do you know? If you don’t know, you should. Do we contribute some good works? We have none to offer for every one of our works is stained by sin. Do we contribute some faith that we work up ourselves? We have none.
What do we contribute? Only one thing. Our contribution to our salvation is just one thing. We contribute the sins that Jesus took upon Himself and for which He died.