The Northfield

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  Northfield, NJ 08225

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12/30/2014

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"Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith... Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful... Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds" (Heb.10:22-24)

In no way has the doctrine of God's grace been compromised when the New Testament writers are insistent that those who are saved by their faith must obey God in order to be reconciled to Him. God was the one who took the initiative after man sinned. When sin entered the world, people became enemies of God and it was here that He planned for their reconciliation. Yesterday I wrote about vicarious atonement, and Jesus was able to achieve that for us by dying without sin and thus reconciling us back to the Father. At some time in the past, religious people built a doctrine for themselves claiming that somewhere long ago, God predestined for some to be saved and some to be lost... The doctrine was so far reaching that it claimed there was absolutely nothing a person could do if he or she was on the "unsaved list..." In this doctrine, obedience is made moot in that "God's choice" solely determines who is saved or lost. I believe this belief flies in the face of God's sovereignty and runs contrary to what the Bible actually tells us. The writer of the Book of Hebrews is very detailed about God's work of grace in the offering of His Son as a sinless High Priest and a sacrifice for our sins. (Heb.10:10) Today's verses catalog our part part in the process. Because the Lord paid the price for our sin, those who listen to the gospel must follow it into obedience. This obedience is not the price that is paid, but rather the response by faith because one has been saved. The faith that saves is the faith that obeys. It is my short title today... Our role in the process... Let Us....

Have a great day... Do good and give God the credit... Love mark Phil.4:11

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