I do not set aside the grace of , for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for !”
In today's blog, I want to scratch the surface on the subject of 'grace versus works'. I want to begin with For it is you have been , through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not works, so that no one can boast."
"God has rules. The problem is, none of us can or do keep them. But the point of God’s rules isn’t so that, in keeping them, we can be made right with Him. The point of His rules is to make apparent to us our glaring inadequacies and failure and sin. When we are left with no further claim to earning God’s favor through our own goodness we are finally ready to look to Jesus alone as Savior. The Bible says, "The Scriptures declare that we are all prisoners of sin, so we receive God’s promise of freedom only by believing in Jesus Christ." – Galatians 3:22 NLT [B. Cox]
Some people believe that without a certain 'work' being done in life that a person's belief in God as their Lord and Savior is invalidated. Not True! In John 3:16, it says 'whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life'. It does not say 'whoever believes and ....[a list of works]'. Is a death bed testimony of repentance and acceptance of Christ any less credible than any other profession of faith, according to Scripture?
"Paul points out in verse 6 that Abraham was accepted by God not because he was circumcised, but because he trusted God’s promises and put his faith in him. (In Romans 4:10, Paul points out that God accepted Abraham as his son long before he ever got circumcised, so it would be pointless to argue from the life of Abraham that circumcision was necessary to be accepted by God!)" [willing2share.com]
Works are an important aspect to the Christian life, but they are a loving response to Christ's saving grace. God's grace is inexhaustible. We can never establish ourselves as good enough, according to God's rules and standards. We can only look to Jesus' death and resurrection for our sin atonement, not any human effort. "There is unbelievable relief in this truth. There is freedom and liberty. There is assurance and eternal security. There is adoption into God’s family. There is the promise of life in heaven someday and an abundant, fulfilling life today."
"It is not enough to know the truth, and to say we believe it, but we must obey it too; we must heartily submit to it, and stedfastly abide by it. Those are spiritually bewitched who, when the truth as it is in Jesus is plainly set before them, will not thus obey it. " [M. Henry]
"Keep in mind that serving God in order to earn His favor or ensure that He continues blessing you amounts to thwarting grace. You can do nothing to deserve the Lord’s kindness! He pours it upon believers freely, so the only thing you can “do” is receive it." [intouch.org]