"Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord."

-1 Corinthians 1:31

Recently, I received a publication from a local church listing several things that are part of "God's Plan for Saving Man." We would certainly agree that it involves God's love, grace and faith of the sinner. However, it also included good works as a part of "God's Plan for Saving Man." It was not referring to the work of God on behalf of man but the work of man to save himself. Every believer should be involved in good works, but do these good works contribute to their salvation? We read in Scripture, "If Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about..." But instead, "Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness." It is because "the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is reckoned as righteousness." This is a precious truth that flows through the entirety of Scripture. We have nothing to boast about because the work of Christ on the cross provides the free gift of salvation for all who will come to Him in faith and apart from works. The Scripture is clear, we have no room to boast except in the Lord because "salvation is from the Lord." "Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you at the proper time.” Be encouraged!

Scripture References: 1 Corinthians 1:31; Romans 4:2-5, Jonah 2:9, 1 Peter 5:6