Saved BY Grace, THROUGH Faith, UNTO Good Works
How far do you agree with these statements? 1. The "good works" of unsaved people are "dead", and are as "filthy rags" to God. 2. We are under Satan's control until we are spiritually reborn through faith in Jesus . 3. We are saved by faith and grace , not works. Good works after our spiritual rebirth signifies true faith. 4. God is not impressed by the "good works" and prayers of non-Christians . 5. We are not to admire the sincerity and zeal of those in non-Christians religions. We are to avoid participating in their efforts. Rebuke them sharply http://www.creationists.org/goodworks.html
Salvation is by faith alone Salvation is not by faith alone. Mk.16:16 Jn.3:18, 36 Acts 16:30-31 Rom.1:16-17 Rom.3:20 Rom.3:28 Rom.4:2 Rom.4:13 Rom.5:1 Gal.2:16 Gal.3:11-12 Eph.2:8-9 Titus 3:5 Ps.62:12 Pr.10:16 Jer.17:10 Mt.12:37 Mt.16:27 Mt.19:17 Mt.25:41-46 Lk.10:26-28 Jn.5:29 Rom.2:6, 13 2 Cor.5:10 2 Cor.11:15 Phil.2:12 Jas.2:14 Jas.2:17 Jas.2:21-25 1 Pet.1:17 Rev.2:23 Rev.20:12-13
Faith Is Essential To Salvation. John 3:16 - Whoever believes on Jesus should have eternal life. Romans 1:16 - The gospel is God's power to save all who believe. Romans 5:1,2 - By faith we are justified and have access to grace. Ephesians 2:8 - By grace are you saved through faith. (Acts 16:31; 10:43; 15:9; 13:39; John 8:24; 3:36; 5:24; 6:40; 20:30,31; Romans 3:22-28; 4:3,16; etc.)
But No Passage Says We Are Saved by Faith Alone
apart from works is dead. Ja 2:26 For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so
by Itself, Inward Faith Will Not Save. John 12:42,43 - People "believed" in Jesus but would not confess Him, because they loved the praises of men more than the praises of God. Were they saved? (Cf. Rom. 10:9,10; Matt. 10:32,33.) James 2:19,20 - Even devils believe. Are they saved? James 2:14,24 - Can faith save without obedience? No, that is a dead faith (v17,20,26).
Many Things Are Essential to Salvation. God's grace (Ephesians 2:4-10; 1:7; Titus 2:11,12; Acts 15:11) Jesus' death and resurrection (Ephesians 1:7; Romans 5:6-10; 1 Peter 1:18,19; Revelation 1:5; 1 Corinthians 15:17; 1 Peter 3:21) The gospel (Romans 1:16; 1 Peter 1:23-25; Acts 11:14; James 1:18,21; 1 Corinthians 15:1,2; John 8:31,32) Learning God's will (Acts 11:14; John 6:44,45; Romans 10:17; 1:16; 1 Corinthians 1:21)
Many Things Are Essential to Salvation. Love (1 Corinthians 16:22; 13:1-3; Galatians 5:6; 1 John 4:7,8) Hope (Romans 8:24) Repentance (2 Corinthians 7:10; Acts 2:38; 3:19; 17:30; Luke 13:3,5; 2 Peter 3:9) Obedience (Hebrews 5:9; Romans 6:17,18; 1 Peter 1:22; Acts 10:34,35; 2 Thessalonians 1:8,9; Galatians 5:6; James 2:14-26)
Many Things Are Essential to Salvation. Confession of Christ (Romans 10:9,10; Matthew 10:32) Baptism (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 22:16; 1 Peter 3:21; Romans 6:3-7; Galatians 3:26,27; Colossians 2:12,13) Faithfulness (Matthew 10:22; Revelation 2:10; 1 Corinthians 15:58; Matthew 28:20; Titus 2:11,12; 1 John 2:1-6) Church membership (Acts 2:47; 20:28; Ephesians 5:23,25)
Obedience Is Essential To Salvation. 1 Peter 1:22,23 - We purify our souls in obeying the truth. Romans 6:17,18 - Servants of sin must obey from the heart in order to be made free from sin. Hebrews 5:9 - Jesus is the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him . James 2:24 - Man is justified by works, not by "faith only." Acts 11:14; 10:34,35 - Peter told Cornelius words whereby he would be saved. But the first words He said were that, to be accepted by God, people must work righteousness.
Matthew 7:21-27; Luke 6:46 - To accept Jesus as Lord (ruler, master) and enter the kingdom of heaven, we must do what He says. We may believe and confess Him yet be rejected, because we did not obey. 2 Thessalonians 1:8,9; Romans 2:6-10 - Receiving eternal life requires us to do good . Those who do not obey will be destroyed. 1 John 5:3; John 14:15,21-24 - Loving God requires us to keep His commands. If we do not obey, we do not love Him. Can one be saved if he does not love God (cf. 1 Corinthians 16:22; Matthew 22:37-39)?
Saving Faith Requires Obedience. Blessings Received "by Faith" Noah built the ark then his house was saved Abraham obeyed to go then received inheritance Israel marched then the walls fell We obey conditions then receive forgiveness Obedience comes first , then comes the blessing!
Grace is a gift of God. Because it comes to us at God's initiative, there are some things we can't do about grace. We can't earn it. We can't control it. We don't have to deserve it. We cant appropriate it without <ul><ul><ul><li>Jam 2:24 You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone. </li></ul></ul></ul>
but we can fall from grace (Gal. 5:2-4). We are saved by grace (Eph. 2:8,9)
We are justified by faith (Rom. 5:1), but our faith can cease to exist (Luke 8:13; Rom. 11:19-23) and become shipwrecked (1 Tim. 1:19,20).
but if you live according to the sinful nature you will die (Rom. 8:13). We are not under the law (Rom. 6:14,15),
Paul taught against legalism (Gal. 5:3,4), but among others things he taught: But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God's holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person —such a man is an idolater— has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God's wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them (Eph. 5:3-6).
We are not saved by works (Eph. 2:8,9), but to reap eternal life and not destruction, you must sow to please the Spirit and not the sinful nature (Gal. 6:8,9).
God is faithful to us (1 John 1:9; 1 Cor. 10:13), but we must be faithful to him to the very end of our lives to escape the lake of fire, or second death (Rev. 2:10,11).
God surely loves us (John 3:16; Mk. 10:21; Rom. 8:35-39), but those who inherit the kingdom of God, love God (James 2:5 cf. 1 Cor. 2:9). And to love God means to obey his commandments (Jn. 14:15; 1 John 5:3).
We have freedom in Christ (Gal. 5:1), but this freedom is not to indulge the sinful nature (Gal. 5:13; 1 Pet. 2:16).
<ul><ul><ul><li>Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship </li></ul></ul></ul>
The "No Gentiles Allowed" inscriptions
(Eph 2:11) Wherefore remember, that once ye, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called Circumcision , in the flesh, made by hands;
Gentile Jews <ul><ul><ul><li>Eph 2:12 that ye were at that time separate from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of the promise, having no hope and without God in the world. </li></ul></ul></ul>
One New Man in Christ <ul><ul><ul><li>Eph 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus ye that once were far off are made nigh in the blood of Christ. </li></ul></ul></ul>
But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive, were grafted in among them, and became partaker with them of the root and of the richness of the olive tree; don't boast against the branches. But if you boast, it is not you who support the root, but the root supports you (Romans 11:17,18).
<ul><ul><ul><li>Eph 2:14 For he is our peace, who made both one, and brake down the middle wall of partition, </li></ul></ul></ul>