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04/14/2015

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Is It Faith or Works?


"If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about ---- but not before God. What does the scripture say? 'Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.' Now when a man works, his wages are not credited to him as a gift, but as an obligation..." (Rom.4:2-4).

Many of the apostle Paul's contemporaries held that Abraham was justified by his deeds or works, but the fact is that he was not, and therefore all boasting on his part is excluded... This leads us to the question that has echoed through the corridors of time, being, "Is a sinner saved by faith or works?" Today's verses ought to put that question to rest. The New Testament teaches that all people are sinners, (Rom.3:23) and today's verses say that no one can save him or her selves on their own merit...I think that the confusion sets in when folks fail to make a distinction between works of merit that do not save and works that flow from faith... Lets make sure that we see the entire picture however. Faith does save, but faith without works is a contradiction of terms in the greatest sense. Paul was very careful to distinguish between meritorious works and works of faith... Many people, even in the religious world, want to dismiss this as much ado about nothing, but it is decidedly not. Works of merit, just for merit's sake are an affront to God, because one demands justification simply on the basis of what has been done... A humble response to the offer of God's grace in Christ through obedience of His commands is no claim to salvation by merit alone. Faith in God and obedience to him walk hand in hand. Sadly, when people separate faith from obedience, they may move to an emotion-driven faith that easily slips in and out of sin without considering the consequences... Taking a peek at the title this morning, we can clearly make a definitive answer....

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

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