A recent article in The Enterprise was about the Grace of God and I just wanted to share some scripture on the topic.\r\nKeep up the good work at The Enterprise.\r\n\r\nGrace + 0 = Salvation?\r\nGrace is one of the most misused and misunderstood words. Some have said, \u201cGrace plus nothing equals salvation.\u201d So there are some who believe that grace alone has done it all.\r\nBut is this what the Bible teaches? One scripture often quoted is found in Ephesians 2:8 \u201cFor by grace are ye saved through faith.\u201d The Bible also says in Titus 2:11, \u201c... the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appears to all men.\u201d\r\nIf the statement that grace plus nothing equals salvation were true then this would mean all of humanity would be saved. If this were the case then why would we need the Bible? Why would we need to go to church? Why would we need to do anything? If grace plus nothing equals salvation then why would we even need to believe in God?\r\nIt is clear from the scripture that not everyone will be saved. \u201cNot everything that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my father which is in heaven (Matthew 7:21).\r\nNotice not everyone will be saved, also notice that the obedient will be saved. God\u2019s grace caused Him to manifest Himself in flesh as Jesus Christ, assume limitations, freely give Himself on Calvary and arise on the third day for us.\r\nGrace is not a license to sin (Romans 6:1-2). To receive the grace of God we must exercise faith. The Bible says, \u201cWithout faith it is impossible to please him ...\u201d in Hebrews 11:6. Faith is more than joining a local church, faith is more than \u201caccepting\u201d Christ and reciting a \u201csinner\u2019s prayer.\u201d Has he accepted us?\r\nPeter said in Acts 10:35, \u201c... he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.\u201d Remember, this is about more than saying, \u201cLord, Lord.\u201d\r\nJesus said, \u201c... Except a man be born of water and of the spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.\u201d (John 3:3-5) Jesus even stated that those who believe on him will receive the Holy Ghost (John 7:38-39). Jesus said, \u201cHe that believeth and is baptized shall be saved ...\u201d in Mark 16:16.\r\nTrue faith is shown by obedience. Obedience is not the same as the works of the law, the works of the law will not save us. If there is no obedience to the gospel then there is not faith. Jesus said, \u201c... except ye repent ...\u201d in Luke 13:3.\r\nHe even commanded the disciples to preach repentance and remission of sins in his name beginning at Jerusalem (Luke 24:47). In the beginning of the new testament church they had Moses and the Prophets (Luke 24:27,44). One of the lessons we find on grace is found in Genesis chapter six, Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord (Genesis 6:8). Then God gave Noah a plan to build an ark, by faith Noah moved with fear and built the ark (Hebrews 11:7).\r\nThis shows an example of grace being given by God and then received by Noah through obedient faith. God will not force us to be saved, it\u2019s our choice. Noah\u2019s example was given as a like figure to baptism according to 1 Peter 3:20-21. Notice Peter said, \u201c... baptism doth also now save us ...\u201d\r\nThe same Peter preached on the day of Pentecost and made it plain what the hearers needed to do to be saved. Those hearing Peter preach said, \u201c...what must we do?\u201d To which Peter replied, \u201c...Repent and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.\u201d (Acts 2:38)\r\nHave you obeyed the gospel of death (repentance), burial (baptism), and resurrection (Holy Ghost)? As Paul said in Acts 19:2, \u201c... Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?\u201d Much of this teaching is rejected by modern churches, why? Were the disciples wrong in following the commands of Jesus?\r\nYes, we must believe, but we must also repent. Yes, we must have the grace of God, but we must also have the covering of the blood by baptism in Jesus\u2019 name. We must have the Holy Ghost (Romans 8:9). \u201cHow shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation ...?\u201d (Hebrews 2:3).\r\nPastor Justin Caudle\r\nNew Life Pentecostal\r\nChurch\r\nMount Airy, N.C.