Thursday, February 23, 2017

Saved By Faith, Not Of Works (SD02)

Eph 2:8-9 _For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.

Christians are all saved by faith in God only. This faith towards God only is the elementary lesson for all new believers.

Heb 6:1  Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God.

What is faith towards God?

Heb 11:1  Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Faith is the substance (action) expressing the hope or belief in God. We have to walk (perform, work, do, action, response, etc,) by faith towards God in accordance to His words, commands, covenant, will, promise, etc.

2Cor 5:7  For we walk by faith, not by sight.

Heb 11:7  By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.

The building of the ark (action =works) to save his family was the faith of Noah towards God.

Heb 11:8  By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.

Abraham leaving Ur (action =works) was his faith towards God.

Heb 11:17  By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,

Offering of Isaac as sacrifice (action =works) was Abraham faith towards God.

Jam 2:21  Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar?

Heb 11:22  By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the departure of the children of Israel, and gave instructions concerning his bones.

Joseph's instructions concerning his bones (action =instruct) was his faith towards God of His promise of Israel possessing the Promise Land.

Heb 11:31  By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace.

Rahab receiving the spy with peace (action =works) was her faith towards the God of Abraham.

Jam 2:25  Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way?

Jam 2:19  You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!

The demons too believe there is one God, but did not confessed nor accept (no works) it, because Satan himself wants to be God. Also we cannot have wrong works or bad fruit.

1John 4:20  If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.

Jam 2:26  For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also._

So Faith = Belief + Works needed to confirm his belief

We are saved by faith, i.e believe in Jesus as the propitiation of our sins and confess and accept (works) Him as our Lord and Saviour.

Brethren, no matter how much we sacrifice ourselves to please God, with all types of good and righteous works, there is no salvation besides the grace through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the sacrificial Lamb of God.