There is such an incredibly rich tension in the paradox of faith.
There is no salvation apart from Christ
and yet to have faith in Christ means living that out in works.
On one hand 'cheap grace' is not the grace of Christ,
but on the other, works without faith is dead.
That knife's edge that avoids both and yet holds both in tension...that's the rub.
One thing that I do know, I am a sinner apart from Jesus (present tense!), and it is His work that saves me.
I cannot be saved through faith in myself.
Having faith in Him means thinking about Him, talking with Him, reading His word, doing His work - Loving Him in the fullest sense of the word.
In Him is found true joy, true peace, true rest.
To Him belong my best and highest.
He is the end of all my striving.
"For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome." (1 Jn 5:3)
Because of these facts, I humbly, but firmly affirm: "there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God's rest has also rested from his works as God did from his." (Hebrews 4:9-10).