SAVED BY GRACE
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. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
Ephesians 2:8-10 NKJV
Let us remind ourselves of the definition of grace again. Grace has been defined by dictionaries as "the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings."
We are only saved by grace not by the works of righteousness. The bible says "our righteousness is like a filthy rag......" Out of the abundance of His love to the lost Humankind, God gave His only begotten Son in propitiation for our sins (read 1John 2:2) and out of Love, the Only Begotten Son put thr sin of the whole world upon Himself and He offered His life as a Living sacrifice. We are saved only by Grace
WE BELIEVED BY FAITH
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
John 3:16 NKJV
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
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.
Hebrews 11:6-7 NKJV
MADE PERFECT BY WORKS
Remember that we are only saved by Grace not by our work of righteousness lest anyone should boast, but i tell you the work of righteousness should accompany our Faith in order to be made perfect before our graceous Heavenly Father.
You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe and tremble!
James 2:19 NKJV (i read this bible text more than 10 times and everytime i read it i am like "wow")
If You believe there is One living God and the demons also believe there is only one living God so what is the difference between you and the demons? Although they tremble before God yet they know and they believe there is only one God.
Because we believe Jesus died for our sin is not just enough we have to work towards being continually righteous before God. We cannot continue in sin and say grace should abide, God forbid (Romans 6:1-2).
18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.
19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!
20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?
21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar?
22 Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect?
23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God.
24 You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.
James 2:18-24 NKJV
Ponder on this in your Journey of life as a Christian.
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God bless you