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Grace and Works

  

All of God’s dealings with man are due to His mercy and grace, and not man’s worthiness. No one deserves anything from God except judgment and death. The help that God provides for us each day and His salvation in the end are equally founded in His love and grace, not in our own works.

Ephesians 2:8&9
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.

If we fail to keep the concept of grace clear in our minds, we well surely self-destruct. However, grace does not imply that we do not have a responsibility to fulfill. We accept the grace of God by repenting of our ways and readily embracing His ways.

The message common to John the Baptist, Jesus, and the apostles was: “Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand.” In view of God’s kingdom coming, we have the responsibility to repent which means to turn from sin and dedicate ourselves to a life of godliness. Repent means change! We are to change our minds and behavior to reflect our belief in the lordship of Christ. If he is our Lord, we obey his commands. Repentance is far more than simply mentally accepting the Lordship of Christ; rather, it implies a complete change of life.

The Lord is the one having power and authority over others. An effective lordship includes the freewill choice of obedience and service by the subjects. The change that is required is all encompassing.

Mark 8:34-36
And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.

For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.

For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?

To say that we are saved by grace therefore no work is required contradicts the teaching of our Lord. Salvation is indeed by grace to those who accept the Lordship of Christ. Not everyone will be save rather only those who repent and submit to Christ by keeping his commandments.

One Response to “Grace and Works”

  1. on 16 Jan 2007 at 6:02 pmCash Reynolds

    Indeed, to say that we are saved by grace and therefore no work is required does contradict the teaching(s) of our Lord. At one time not too long ago I had believed, as I was taught by men in other ministries, that I was saved now for all eternity by simply paying lip-service to Christ being my Lord and, in essence, sit back and not worry about my own behavior because I was “heaven bound and all hell couldn’t stop me!”
    It took some time for me to be able to wrap this understanding of being saved by grace and still having responsibilities to obediently do the works my Lord commanded around my brain.
    In my past participation with other ministries and their teachings we simply ignored many scriptures on this subject and explained away others.
    As I understand these things now I see the connection between my loving obedience to the words of my Lord, (which includes doing the works he has commanded and instructed) and his truly being my Lord over and above my confessing it only. Also I am saved , now, unto the day of salvation/redemption and at that day the Lord Jesus will say, “he is mine” or he will say, “I never knew you” depending upon whether or not I lived faithfully, in loving obedience to his words which God’s grace has made possible for me to choose to do or to not do.
    It is by God’s grace that I get to choose to live in loving obedience , doing the works that I am commanded which shows or testifies to Jesus’ Lordship in my life.
    does this make sense? Am I on track here? what do you think? 🙂

  

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