Salvation is of the Lord. God alone provides redemption for the soul. The gift of eternal life is a grace provided by Christ in His sacrificial death and miraculous resurrection. God is the author of salvation. He offers man release from sin and hope of eternal life through faith in His sacrificial death for sinners.
The scriptures are very clear as to how a man can be saved. “For by grace are ye saved through faith and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works least any man should boast” (Eph. 2: 8-9).
“Not of works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy He saved us by the washing of the regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost” (Titus 3:5).
“The just shall live by faith.” Faith in God by Abraham and David resulted in God declaring them righteous. “By faith" is God’s invitation to mankind to come without substance or merit to secure eternal life. Redemption can not be obtained with corruptible things as silver and gold but it comes through the precious blood of Christ (I Peter 1:18).
The religious systems of this world disagree with the Scriptures. They insist in an addition to Christ’s sacrifice for sin, man must do something to guarantee eternal life for his soul. Some manner or religious acts are not incorporated into God’s redemption plan. Judiazers in the early church taught that circumcision was a necessary addition to faith in Christ for an individual to be saved. The Apostle Paul clarified this misunderstanding. When man’s works are added to God’s grace, salvation is no more of grace. Grace (God’s unmerited favor) must not be joined by works, for salvation is of the Lord and not of man. Romans 11:6.
Therefore baptism, communion, or any other religious act of man can not be added to the redemptive work of Jesus Christ. Man may prove the reality of salvation in his heart by obedience but security of redemption will never come through add-ons to salvation. Individuals who believe that their deeds of kindness and patterns of good behavior will earn eternal life need be reminded that Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. The key to eternal life is Jesus Christ “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life” John 3:36.
God views man’s works for salvation as unacceptable. Isaiah 64:6.
Man shall be rewarded for his good works but entrance into heaven depends upon one’s name written in the Lamb’s book of Life. Revelation 20:15. Oh that man would seek God by faith and stop their ears from the devices of men, which will result in a tragic eternal separation form God.