10/19/2008 ~ Grace and Faith

... "Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness."
~ Romans 4:1-3

What makes you saved today?                        
                                  What makes you not?

... so loved the world that He gave His only begotton Son, that whoever
believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." ~ John 3:16

One has to be under His grace.
    / | \
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,
teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live
soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, ... ~ Titus 2:11-14

It is the Grace of God that gives us salvation.
~ There is no other God of salvation.
Man does not set the terms of pardon.

... the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. ~ Romans 11:28-29

"... who has first given to Him And it shall be repaid to him?" ...
~ Romans 11:33-36

Is one saved by acts of goodness?
Deeds of good do not earn salvation.
We are objects of His mercy.

... for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, ... ~ Romans 3:23

Our deeds leave us lost.
No one deserves to go to heaven.

... Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith
apart from the deeds of the law. ~ Romans 3:21-28


Not one person that goes to hell will not deserve it.


One can not count on acts of goodness to inherit eternal life.

Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt. ...
~ Romans 4:4-8

We need forgiveness for salvation.

... Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered. ...
~ Psalm 32:1-5

David needed forgiveness.

... my sins, And blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart,
O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. ... ~ Psalm 51:9-14

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life
in Christ Jesus our Lord. ~ Romans 6:23

... Do not trust in these lying words, saying, The temple of the Lord, the
temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord are these. ... ~ Jeremiah 7:3-11

One can not just depend on listening to others.

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
~ James 1:22


"But why do you call Me 'Lord, Lord,' and not do the things which I say?"
~ Luke 6:46

It is tough to turn from temptations that gnaw at the flesh.

... "A dog returns to his own vomit," and, "a sow, having washed,
to her wallowing in the mire." ~ 2nd Peter 2:22

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man;
but God is faithful, who will not allow ... ~ 1st Corinthians 10:13

Is your Love of God fathomless?

... if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. ...
~ Galatians 5:16-26

It is not faith only that saves and not once saved, always saved.
Our opportunity is to have faith all of the time.
Do we abandon God and His living word?
It takes faith to believe in God.
Timeless and ceaseless Love.

... "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent."
~ John 6:28-29

Righteous acts of faith as a continuous work in progress.
Stand up for God.

... of the righteousness of the faith which he had while still uncircumcised, ...
~ Romans 4:9-12

Abraham was saved before being circumcised.
~ Circumcision does not save and is useless without faith.

... not ... through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. ...
~ Romans 4:13-18

The law does not save for no one could keep the law.
But our Lord Jesus Christ!

Trust in the Lord = Righteousness

... He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was
strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, ... ~ Romans 4:19-22

Does your heart release into His eternal fold?

... by the fear of the Lord one departs from evil. When a man's ways
please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. ...
~ Proverbs 16:3-8

"I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance."
~ Luke 5:32

If one wants the gift of grace, one must have
repentance and righteous works, as He calls for.

Let Your priests be clothed with righteousness,
And let Your saints shout for joy. ~ Psalm 132:9

... granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the
fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. ~ Revelation 19:5-8

"... unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and
Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven." ~ Matthew 5:20


... to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead,
who was delivered up because of our offenses, ... ~ Romans 4:23-25

His blood paid for our access:
(Justified)                   (Mercy)    
Righteousness                Through      
   ⭧     ⭨         ⭩       ⭦   
   ⭨     ⭧         ⭨       ⭧   
    Compleated                   Access           
(Believe)                   (Justified)  

"Look to Me, and be saved, All you ends of the earth!
For I am God, and there is no other." ~ Isaiah 45:22

Do we really l◎◎k to God?





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