We are not saved by works or by anything of ourselves. We are saved by His grace; it is a gift from God. The gift is Jesus Christ Himself living in us. All the grace we need to be saved from destruction and trouble in this world is already in Him, in us. That is the gift of God! We are saved by grace through faith. The grace that is in Jesus awakens faith in me to receive. The more I look into the grace of Jesus the more I believe and trust to be saved from destruction and trouble. A classic example is the story of the woman with the issue of blood:
“Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. For she said, ‘If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.’ Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction. And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, ‘Who touched My clothes?’ But His disciples said to Him, ‘You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, “Who touched Me?”’ And He looked around to see her who had done this thing. But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. And He said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction’” (Mark 5:25-34).
The word in the original Greek language for “made well” is sozo, which is translated in the King James Bible as “be whole.” So we see that to be whole, made well, and saved all have the same meaning. Our salvation is much more than just being saved from hell for heaven.
But, for now, I want to bring your attention to how she was saved from this issue. First we read: “She heard about Jesus.” What did she hear? Obviously, she heard Good News. Remember that, according to the Law of Moses, she was judged as being defiled and was not allowed to be among people. She was not allowed to touch people or to be touched by anyone. If it happened that she touched someone, or another person touched her, they would also become defiled. The Good News she heard was that Jesus touched the lepers and sinners, loved them, accepted them, and did not condemn or judge them as guilty. She heard about all the good things Jesus was doing, of all the miracles and healing taking place through Him. In other words, she heard about the GRACE that came through Jesus, and what she heard automatically established her heart in faith and trust. The Good News she was hearing increased her faith to such a level that it was enough for her just to touch Him and know she would be healed! The grace that she found in Jesus made her risk to push through the crowd, even though she knew they would stone her if they caught her among them as a defiled person.
Faith Comes as a Natural Result of Gazing into His Grace and Love
The story of this woman, with the issue of blood, describes to us how grace and faith save us from all trouble that can come our way. She did not do anything except respond to what she heard. Today we have more than what she could ever have. Christ Jesus is living in us, and all the grace to be saved from sickness, emotional instability, lack, and trouble that comes our way in this life is available to us by just knowing and understanding that Christ lives in us. The more we see grace in Jesus Christ, the more trust and faith grows in our hearts. It happens automatically; it is not forced. Faith comes as a natural result of gazing into His grace and love. WOW! This is the true Gospel that saves us.