Simply put, the only way to see or enter into the kingdom of God is by a marvelous and irresistible act of grace performed on a person by the sovereign work of the Holy Spirit.
When we see ourselves as we truly are, we see the need for a sovereign Savior. When we see that we are helpless without Him, we take great comfort in learning that Jesus did it all for us by the GRACE of God.
Salvation is complete in Jesus Christ. Therefore, when Jesus was born into the world, God’s salvation of His people was as good as done! No matter what man would try to do, God was saving His people.
I do believe there are a few themes that should come through when we are declaring the good news.
The birth of Jesus marks not the possibility of redeeming grace but the dawn of redeeming grace.
He did it all for us.
Let us rejoice in the sovereign grace of God, and cry out WITH our Savior, “IT IS FINISHED!”
The gospel brings to “light” that which God has already done for us and in us (2 Timothy 1:10).
So why do good works?
Because we are thankful for the blessing of salvation completed by a Sovereign God.
Therefore, we do not simply have a hope like a birthday wish for salvation. Our hope is a sure anchor which is the faithfulness of God in Jesus Christ.