Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Theological Truism - Salvation by grace through faith...

The assurance of salvation from sin, death, and hell is only through faith in Jesus Christ.
NIV 1 John 5:11 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. 13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.
ESV Acts 4:12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."

The assurance of faith is works (that is, real faith works).
James 2:14 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, be warmed and filled," without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? 17 So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. 18 But someone will say, "You have faith and I have works." Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.

Works do not save.
ESV Galatians 2:16 yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.

Implications:
   1) A person who claims to be a Christian but lives like the devil is probably a the son of the devil rather than a son of God.
   2) A person who does all kinds of good works might not be saved from sin. No one is righteous, no not one (Romans 3:10). Our righteous deeds are like filthy rags (Isa. 64:6). All good deeds which attempt to put God in our debt are rubbish/dung compared to knowing Christ (Philippians 3:7-8).
   3) God's children will reflect His character. ESV John 13:35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."
   4) The proper response to a life without works is to deal with faulty faith. We are justified and sanctified by faith (see 2 Cor. 3:18). Turn to Jesus Christ; look to Him for salvation; rest in the salvation that he purchased on Calvary, dying for our sins and ultimately resurrecting victorious over sin, death, and hell. 

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