Only By Faith

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.

Eph. 2:8

Dependence is the state of relying on or needing someone for spiritual aid, emotional support, or physical assistance. Jesus is worthy: he is reliable, dependable, and faithful. We do not have to fear for Jesus is the one and only person capable of being our Savior. We can depend on him without reservation or equivocation. Only Jesus was truly human and fully divine in one person. Jesus identified with us as humans knowing our struggles and temptations. Jesus is fully divine, he is able to deliver us by the power of God. No one else is able to be our Savior.

When you realize just how dependent you are on Jesus for your salvation — his death for your sin, his life for your righteousness — you understand why the Bible is so insistent that salvation comes only through faith in him. There is no other way, no other savior, nothing and no one else in the world on which we can rely for salvation, including our own efforts.

Greg Gilbert, What is the Gospel? (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2010), 78.