Grace Alone

For many centuries, the only option for church in Europe was the Roman Catholic Church. There were various groups which disagreed with the Roman Catholic Church and what it taught throughout the centuries, but they were quickly put down. While the Bible had been translated into over 500 languages by 500 AD, by 600AD, the only translation allowed to exist by the church (on penalty of death) became the Latin Vulgate[1]. This effectively made it so only the educated could read it – with end result being that only the Church was able to teach what God had said. And eventually the things the church taught and required of people caused some who COULD read Latin – to begin to speak out; some people even began translating the bible into their native languages (although those who tried to do so were killed). Eventually, this led to the protestant reformation often considered to have begun with Martin Luther on October 31, 1517. That was when he nailed 95 theses to the door of a church, 95 points of disagreement he had with the excesses and corruption of the Roman Catholic Church, specifically dealing with indulgences (which were intended to be purchased to fund church buildings and supposedly caused people to be forgiven of sin). This reformation eventually came to have five principles in common throughout Europe – these have come to be known as the Five Solas of the Protestant Reformation.

One of the things the Roman Catholic Church taught was that a combination of the scriptures, church tradition, and the teachings of the magisterium (the church teaching authority as exercised by bishops and the pope) were the foundation for faith and practice. In response to this, reformers responded Sola Scriptura, or Scripture Alone is the foundation for faith and practice. This did not mean that the church was not to interpret scripture, but that scripture must be the foundation, and not ignored in favor of church teaching if what was being taught was contrary to what the Bible teaches.[2] Another thing the Roman Catholic Church taught was that we are justified by faith AND the works that we produce, which the righteousness (that God infuses in us through faith) brings about. The reformers responded, Sola Fide, or “No, we are justified by faith alone, which lays hold of the alien righteousness of Christ that God freely credits to the account of those who believe.” The Catholic Church taught that we are saved by the merits of Christ and the saints, and that we approach God through Christ, the saints, and Mary, who all pray and intercede for us. The Reformers responded, “No, we are saved by the merits of Christ Alone, and we come to God through Christ Alone” – or Solo Christo (AKA Solus Christus). The Roman Catholic Church taught that the glory for a sinner’s salvation could be attributed partly to Christ, partly to Mary and the saints, and partly to the sinner himself. The reformers response? Soli Deo Gloria, or “No, the only true gospel is that which gives all glory to God alone, as is taught in the scriptures.” And finally we come to the topic of today’s message: the Catholic Church taught that we are saved through a combination of God’s grace, the merits that we accumulate through penance and good works, and the excessive amounts of merits that the saints before us accumulated; the reformers responded, “sola gratia”, or grace alone. [3]

Let’s look at an example of how many view grace (this example is credited to the puritan Thomas Boston): Imagine a sinner in a deep pit which he can’t get out of. Now imagine God lowers a long rope down right beside him. If the man grabs hold of that rope, then God can pull him out of that pit.

This is generally as far as most people’s view of grace goes – where God initiates a way for man to be saved, but does not force man to take that way, and so to be saved a man has to cooperate with God by doing his part – making a decision, saying a prayer, being baptized, doing good works. The only problem is that the sinner at the bottom of the pit is dead! He can’t grab the rope, he can’t respond to anyone or anything. He is spiritually dead.

This brings us to our passage for today. Turn to Ephesians 2:1-10

1 And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

I always like to look at a passage through the lenses of an investigator. So let’s look at the questions of Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How, as presented by the passage in question. Now this passage begins with the condition of every person before salvation:

1 And you were dead in your trespasses and sins

Paul tells us something of the WHEN and something of the WHO in this passage – WHEN YOU (his audience, believers) were dead in your trespasses and sins. Some people don’t realize what that means, so I thought I’d take a second and review a couple of key passages dealing with sin and death. Let’s look at Romans 3:23

23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

So we can see that EVERYONE has sinned – this is the case whether you are a good person or not, whether you are moral or not, whether you grew up in the Christian church or some other religion – ALL HAVE SINNED.

More than that, we have to realize that sinning has consequences.

Please turn to Romans 6:23.

23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

We earn death with our sin. Whether it is one sin or a multitude of sins – we died. Obviously this does not speak of our physical condition, but of our spiritual condition – we die spiritually when we sin. And being dead, unsaved sinners are simply unable to understand who God is, or what God has done and even are unable to understand them. This is easy to see in 1 Corinthians 2:14

14 But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.

Returning to our main passage

in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience

We see in Ephesians 2:2 that everyone, before they are saved, walked in ways affected by the world and by the spirit which works in those who disobey – the prince of the air – the devil.

While they don’t know it, Satan works in those he has captivated to HIS will. We see this more clearly in 2 Timothy 2:24-26

24 The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, 25 with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, 26 and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.

Notice – God MAY GRANT repentance. So many people think they are good people, that if they live “right”, that God will grant them entrance into heaven when they die. But this passage tells us that unless God grants repentance, people continue to be held captive by the devil to do his will.

Indeed, let’s return to our original passage, verse 3:

Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.

We see in verse 3 that Paul shifts who he includes in the WHO – even HE, the Apostle Paul, lived in his lusts and indulgences, being by their very nature children of wrath – as ALL before coming to Christ were, and are, and will be. By their very NATURE, people without God are children of wrath. They are selfish, indulging the desires of their minds and bodies. The wrath of God remains upon them. But they are not unique – everyone without God is like this. We also see here the Where – in the lusts of our flesh and mind.

But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us

So now we see where GOD enters the scene as part of the WHO. Remember earlier we saw that part of the “who” is believers. So we have two sets of “who” – believers and God. We have “when” – when believers were dead in their trespasses and sins; and “where” – in our lusts. We now also have WHY – because God is rich in mercy and because of God’s great love which with He loved US.

Let us continue in verses 5 and 6

even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,

So we see the WHEN repeated – when we were dead in our transgressions. And we see more of the WHO (Christ), and finally we see the WHAT – God made us alive together with Christ – God saved us. God raised us up with Christ. God seated us with Christ in the places IN CHRIST JESUS.

We see that Paul was convinced that God had finished the work, as we see in Philippians 1:6 (AMP)

6 I am convinced and confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will [continue to] perfect and complete it until the day of Christ Jesus [the time of His return].

And for our purposes today, we see some of the HOW – BY GRACE.

But what does “grace” mean? The New American Standard New Testament Greek Lexicon says the Greek word is “charis” (http://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/greek/nas/charis.html)[4].

In our case, the definition we will focus on is:

  1. good will, loving-kindness, favour
    1. of the merciful kindness by which God, exerting his holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of the Christian virtues

We must realize precisely BECAUSE those who do not know God are helpless to do anything to be with God, that God had to initiate what it took for us to be with Him. That is grace.

Some people don’t like the idea that we are helpless to come to God UNLESS God does it all. But turn to Romans 5:6

For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.

We were helpless, and yet God died for us at the right time and it was by the grace of God that Christ died.

Hebrews 2:9

But we do see Him who was made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.

That is grace.

And while people like the idea that they are the ones who chose God, they must realize that no one seeks God.

Romans 3:10-11

10 as it is written,

“There is none righteous, not even one;
11 There is none who understands,
There is none who seeks for God;

Indeed, without God working in us, we are hostile toward God and unable to please God.

Romans 8:7-8

because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

And some believe that everyone in the world has a call upon them to come to Christ and people will have the free will to choose to follow Christ or not, but we see in John 6:64-65 that ONLY those who have been granted permission by God the Father can come to God the Son, and that does not include everyone.

John 6:64-65

64 But there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who it was that would betray Him. 65 And He was saying, “For this reason I have said to you, that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted him from the Father.”

Indeed, all those given to Christ WILL come to Christ and Christ WILL lift them up on the last day.

John 6:37-40

37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. 39 This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day. 40 For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.”

I guess it is summed up by Romans 5:8

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

WHILE we were yet sinners, Christ died for us – and that demonstrates God’s love toward us. That is grace.

Getting back to our original passage, let’s look at Ephesians 2:7

so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

Another WHY – so GOD can show the awesome riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

So now we have WHO – GOD, Christ, believers.

We have WHEN – while you were dead in your trespasses and sins.

We have WHERE – in the lusts of the flesh and mind – where we were living, the world.

We have WHAT – God made us alive together with Christ; God saved us; God raised us up with Christ; God seated us with Christ in the places IN CHRIST JESUS.

We have HOW – By the grace of God.

And we have WHY – because God is rich in mercy; God loved us; God will show in the ages to come the awesomeness of His grace.

Ephesians 2:8-10 tells us more of this grace.

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

We were saved BY GRACE, THROUGH FAITH. There is often a question as to what is meant by “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.” Some believe the “THAT” Paul spoke of was referring to grace, some believe he referred to ‘saved’ and some to ‘faith’. Personally, I think the Greek supports the all three being a gift. The key here, though, is that people who are saved are saved by GRACE – this is God working in you and for you to ensure you are saved through faith in Christ. It is God’s gift. It is God’s work.

We see that it is GOD’s work by seeing Jesus saying to people who asked what they must do to work the works of God in John 6:29

29 Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.”

This belief is not mere intellectual assent, but it affects the believer so as to cause them to live differently – to obey God.

John 3:36

36 He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

Acts 26:20

20 but kept declaring both to those of Damascus first, and also at Jerusalem and then throughout all the region of Judea, and even to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds appropriate to repentance.

Its not that doing things saves us, but the things we do show we trust in Christ. This is what James meant in James 2:14-26, when he said that he could show his faith by his works – that faith engenders actions, otherwise it is an empty faith, a mere intellectual assent.

Ephesians 2:10 tells us we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so we would walk in them. We are like living dolls, created to do the good things God prepared for us to do.

We also see in Philippians 2:13

13 for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure

There are those who would say that God began the work, and they had their own part in it. But that would contradict Ephesians 2:9 which says it was not by works. And Romans 11:5-6 tells us,

In the same way then, there has also come to be at the present time a remnant according to God’s gracious choice. But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace.

Any who believe, only do so because they were graciously chosen by God. So either you were saved by grace through faith or you were not. Either GOD did it, or He lied. If GOD did it, then you did nothing to contribute to your own salvation.

Remember Romans 6:23

23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

You earned death with your sin. But GOD graced you with the gift of eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. This is not something we earn OR cooperate with God on. This is something freely given by the grace of God, and something God works to ensure occurs.

Some would say that God showed grace to those who would be saved because He looked down the passage of time and saw they would choose Him and so chose them. But Romans 9:16 tells us,

16 So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.

Hebrews 2:10 tells us:

For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings.

Hebrews 12:2 (KVJ) tells us:

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Not only does it not depend on the man who desires or the one who does something, but God does not need anything from us, and even determined when and where we would live so we would find Him.

Acts 17:24-27

24 The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; 25 nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; 26 and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, 27 that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us

Just as we are saved by grace, we are justified (or declared righteous) by grace.

Titus 3:7

so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life

No, our justification, our salvation, our belief, our repentance is all the work of God, by the grace of God, alone.

All believers receive grace, realized through Christ, who was full of grace and truth.

John 1:14-17

14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 John testified about Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.’” 16 For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. 17 For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.

And this grace is eternal.

2 Timothy 1:8c-9

God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity

We are set apart and called by God before we are born through grace.

Galatians 1:15

But when God, who had set me apart even from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, was pleased

We have redemption, the forgiveness of our sins, according to God’s grace.

Ephesians 1:7

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace

We are to imitate the faith of those who led the church, and not be carried away by strange teachings and so be strengthened by grace.

Hebrews 13:7-9

Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Do not be carried away by varied and strange teachings; for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, through which those who were so occupied were not benefited.

And we are to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord.

2 Peter 3:18

but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

Even the very gifts we have differ according to the grace given to us, and we are to exercise them accordingly.

Romans 12:6

Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith;

So reviewing the WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY, and HOW, we saw that God granted believers grace from all eternity – before we are born. God made them alive by grace. God saved them by grace, through faith. Moreover, God did so because He loved us, and to show the awesomeness of His grace. God initiated this while we were still dead in our trespasses and sins. God has completed it by seating us in heaven with Christ. God did it by working in us and around us and through us to desire and to do according to His will – we are HIS workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works.

Let’s return to the example of grace I gave when I started discussing grace. You remember, a sinner in a deep pit which he can’t get out of, and God lowers a long rope down right beside him. If the man grabs hold of that rope, then God can pull him out of that pit. But instead of lowering the rope beside the sinner to grab hold of, God puts the rope around the man, gives him new life, and draws the man up out of the pit to be with God himself. THAT is how grace works – God not only initiates the whole thing, He completes it – God provides the people, the new life, the faith, and the obedience. GOD does something in the heart of man so man becomes alive spiritually and is able and willing to be saved and come to Christ. Because of Grace, by Grace, God effectually accomplishes salvation, by Grace Alone.


Footnotes:

[1] Anonymous; “English Bible History: The Pre-Reformation History of the Bible From 1,400 BC to 1,400 AD“; ; Available online 10/28/2015: http://www.greatsite.com/timeline-english-bible-history/pre-reformation.html

[2] Horton, Michael; “Reformation Essentials – Five Pillars of the Reformation”; Available online 10/27/15 at http://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/articles/onsite/essentials.html.

[3] Anonymous; “39. What are the “five solas,” and what do they mean?”; Available online 10/27/15 at http://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/articles/onsite/qna/fivesolas.html.

[4] The NAS New Testament Greek Lexicon; Available online 10/28/2015: http://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/greek/nas/charis.html

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8 Responses

  1. The Great error called “Faith Only” came out through the Protestant reformation led to taking away the two Commandments of Christ to pick up one’s cross & what greater proof than see see PROTESTANT AM,ERICA in all its Zionist( the many hindu alters figured in the British freemasonic Israeli supreme court, in the absence of the temple L0 Egypt revealing that ‘ole golden calf unto the holy cow worship then & now) hypocritism fallen away by the very Marker called “Sodom’ even to spearhead this grave error unto the world is but to know it takes more than the intellectual , it takes the Spirit to reveal the truth.

    • You seem to have opinions, but you have provided no scripture to support your position.

      The Roman heresy of works giving us merit for our salvation is against what scripture clearly teaches.. We are saved by grace not by what we do.

      Ephesians 2:5-9
      5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.

      If we have faith, we will have evidence of our faith. If we do not have such evidence,we are not saved. But while our faith must be shown by our lives, it is not works which saves us.

      • But when called to prove one’s faith just as it was unto Abraham it involved works amounting to obedience ’cause He loved his God” & became aware when he was tested, & the Justification to that was in the eyes of God from the very beginning ,He who sees the end from the beginning. How ever Abraham had no reason to boast, for Issac cannot save man but Jesus the only Begotten son of the Father. The offering of Issac became a reason for God to continue the Covenant with Abraham, unto giving His own son, in turn Abraham accessed the Grace through faith that involved works even unto the words of James “Faith without works is dead” so important in these latter days to discern the truth is but to know that the works be out of Love to the Christian truth just as it was unto Abraham & not love based on the works to the Karmic untruth,(is to say that the works be in the Spirit) wherein lies the Protestant confusion, for after all it came out of a rebellion established out of a rebellious English kings Harlotry, even to execute his wife for the same , for out of them came the queen, the queen of Freemasonry as the very entity manifested out of that ‘ole iniquity off the Enmity from Eden & together with Theosophy form The Biblical ‘False Prophet” (Zech 5) in which the world today wades in & the first sign of its fall is the fall of America’s Protestantism even as the Beast with its Sodomic sign , (for who can war with America ?) is seen trampling upon her, its religion, unto the Prophecy.
        Moreover to that love that saves said Jesus ‘If you cannot love thy brethren who you can see, how then can you love God who you cannot see” so to this Love of the brethren there definitely has its works which love not to be confused with the Lust of Sodom & Hollywood, a Protestant dilemma, surely not a coincidence.

        • This shows you do not know protestant reformation history.
          Martin Luther nailed his 95 Thesis on All Saints’ church in Wittenberg Germany, before the King of England had anything to do with wanting divorce.

          Martin Luther displeasure was with the excesses and corruption of the Roman Catholic Church.

          The Roman church is still teaching doctrine which denies what is clearly taught in scripture – it offers a false gospel, rather than teaching a reliance upon the work of God.

          What you are missing is that is NOT works which saves us – it is the grace of God through faith.
          Ephesians 2:8-9
          8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.

          Paul taught we are justified by faith alone.
          Romans 3:28

          For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law

          Galatians 3:11

          Now that no one is justified by the Law before God is evident; for, “The righteous man shall live by faith.”

          Galatians 3:24

          Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith.

          John taught that God allowed those who believe to be children of God.
          John 1:12

          But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name

          Jesus said a woman’s faith saved her.
          Luke 7:45-50New American Standard Bible (NASB)

          45 You gave Me no kiss; but she, since the time I came in, has not ceased to kiss My feet. 46 You did not anoint My head with oil, but she anointed My feet with perfume. 47 For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little.” 48 Then He said to her, “Your sins have been forgiven.” 49 Those who were reclining at the table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this man who even forgives sins?” 50 And He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

          Yes, we ARE to love others.
          1 John 4:20

          If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen.

          Yes, we ARE to obey God.
          John 3:36

          36 He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

          And James appears to teach something which contradicts what Paul and John and Jesus taught. So how do we understand this?
          James 2:14-26

          14 What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? 17 Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.

          18 But someone may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” 19 You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder. 20 But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar? 22 You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected; 23 and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness,” and he was called the friend of God. 24 You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone. 25 In the same way, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? 26 For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.

          We have to realize that Paul, Jesus, John, and James al taught the same thing – we must be saved through faith, and that faith must affect us to where we demonstrate we have faith by our actions. James was addressing the need to have living faith. Paul and John and Jesus all said the same thing, with the focus on the faith which was modeled by the action.

          It is not the actions through which we are saved – it is the faith which engenders said action through which we are saved.
          This is very different from saying we are saved by our faith AND our works, for we know we are not saved by works.

          Titus 3:5

          He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,

          • The act of Luther was an act of rebellion(Changing the very fundamental truth of the faith by his so-called thesis)which rebellion became established at the time of QE1, for behind it was/is that ‘ole iniquity manifested as Freemasonry combined with Theosophy to deceive the world, out of Eden through the holy cow. , revealed through the many alters figured in he British Freemasonic Israeli supreme court in the absence of the temple. To know that the first to fall by these was the Anglican followed by its episcopals . For this” Faith Only” has only resulted in taking away Love itself, unto Legalism to become a heresy. , the very warning concerning the Leaven of the Pharisees & Saducees in the combination, become unto Herod
            Now, follow closely this vision given unto a visionary who in the spirit encountered the Church that moves in the Spirit led by St. Peter , the army of God to the dual understanding of Joel’s prophecy, who asked the visionary “Where are you from” Reply- India, so was asked you Hindu ?The reply- Christian , again was asked “Hindu Christian”( a Non- compatible term / cause its god(s) is evolution unto the goddess worship is but to know the hidden belief of “Freemasonry by Theosophy”, the Persecutor) the reply, after a brief hesitation, No,Christian , to which Peter pulls a gun behind his head , the visionary knowing that his end has come ,without compromising called out Jesus, Jesus as his last words. The shot never came but the command “Give him food” St. Peter true to his masters command “Feed my sheep’ . This was the test for the first commandment of God before which was tested for the 2.nd. commandments-Love thy Brethren, also to the point of death, in the same vision but in a different time frame such that when tested for the 1st., the second was not in remembrance . The second commandment was tested first ’cause as is stated “If you do not love thy brethren who you can see, how then can you Love God who you cannot see”.
            Now said Jesus “My sheep know my voice —” which voice is defined as the ” Love for God , The Love for Brethren” , upon this hang all the Law & Prophets, revealing the very definition of Christianity. even to revelations “They( the Elect of God) keep his Commandments( to the two, in Spirit & in Truth) & have his testimony ,the spirit of Prophecy,, the Messiah himself being its very Spirit,
            Protestantism as is seen even by its legalism has taken away “His Master’s Voice”, the very reason why its many denominations are all falling away like a pack of cards, unable to withstand the tests of time, like houses build upon sand into “Sodom” the very marker, reveals its fundamentally flawed.basis
            This but reveals 1John 2:19: They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us” Lo- From Gnosticism to Protestantism–. Is also to know that just quoting words becomes out of context when there is the lack of revelations, makes it no different than studying science or history.

            • You DO realize that much of what you wrote is as clear as mud, right? You are not making much sense.

              What Martin Luther did was to call those who were sinning on their sin. It had nothing to do with any thing other than God using a man who read scripture and loved God to call th church to repent – much as Jesus said to do:
              Luke 17:3

              Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him,

              And as the apostle Paul said to do in 1 Corinthians 5:9-13

              9 I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— 10 not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. 11 But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one. 12 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? 13 God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.”

              The Anglican church had nothing to do with the German church – other than being off shoots of the Roman church attempting to correct the errors from the leaven which corrupted the church through the Roman Pope and bishops. Instead of being cleaned, the Roman church turned against Luther and the other reformers – just as they had done when people translated the scriptures into languages the church could not control people through.

              Many denominations are falling for the same reason the Roman church was corrupted – many people enter into it and its leadership with not ever having come to know and trust in Christ, with never having repented and turned to God through faith.

              People who trust Christ will obey God and will have lives which show evidence of the faith that God has given them.

  2. “O Ye of little faith’ -which faith is Apostolic, that was once delivered unto the Saints, is but to know a man by his works, in a bigger sense applies to a religion, which religion through the rebellion of Martin Luther & the Harlotry of an English king formed & established Protestantism is but to see the state it is in today, the very one that rides the Beast(America- for who can war with it, asks the Bible) to the Prophecy, reveals the woman that has been riding it – its religion, now being trampled upon as seen, unless one is blind.
    Is it any wonder when, people like The Darby’s & Scofield’s, instrumental in bringing about “Zionism & Rapture” theory, which rapture theory out of 1 Thess4, taught almost in all Protestant denominations, become a chief cause unto the Complacency leading to the Apostasy.
    Quiz: Where in the Bible does 1 Thess4, to being “Caught up” indicated ? ’cause its revelation will prove that this so-called “Rapture Theory” is but false. As to prove the falseness of Zionism though the bible is but another chapter, though interconnected.

    • You make lots of claims, but provide no scripture to support your position.

      Read scripture and take it at face value where possible. Luther pointed out the sins of those in leadership in the roman catholic church – this is not rebellion against God, but against man.

      1 Thessalonians 4:16-18

      16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always

      It seems to me to be a waste of time to try to nail down exactly what a prophecy means other than to realize that God tells us beforehand what will happen so that afterwards He will get glory for keeping His promises.

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