Twenty Facts about Grace and Works.
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- Grace is defined
as God’s choice to take on flesh and die for those who would turn to
‘gracious’ part was his choice to lay down his life. Titus defines
this the best. Titus
- John writes that
God’s Love is defined as sending his son into the world not because
of our love for him, but his love for us. This, again, is the true
meaning of Grace. I John 3:16, I John 4:9, I John 4:10
- ‘Salvation by
grace’ does not imply there is nothing we have to do because Jesus
died on the cross. On the contrary, Grace necessitates that works
exists, according to Titus 3, and others. Paul clearly states that it
wasn’t our works that caused him to want to die for us, but that in
coming to him, we must have good works.
- For those capable
of repentance (i.e. accountable by age, mental capacities, etc.,) faith
alone, or rather only acknowledging that He lives, does not constitute
saving faith. Faith
that saves becomes the response to the awareness that He lives,
and results in a changed life. This becomes the works—living in love to all,
sacrifice to those in need, turning from worldly lusts, and obedience
to God’s word—by which we are and will be judged. James
- Grace, i.e.
God’s choice to provide the atonement, must be responded to by
humans with faith and repentance.
- It is not because
of our works that we can have salvation, but simply the proof by which
our faith and repentance will be judged. Those who remained faithful in
the work required by Jesus and endure to the end will find the blood
of Jesus atoning for their sin and stand on the right hand of God;
however, those who showed no works meet for repentance will not
receive the atoning blood of Jesus.
that works because of repentance are what exalt, and lack of works are
what condemn humanity—just like Jesus said it would be. Remember, in
the day of judgment those on his right hand are found there because of
their works in response to their faith.
- To Believe on
Jesus means to follow him and obey. Many ‘believed’ that Jesus existed—they saw him in
person—but of those who would not follow after him, was said ‘they
did not believe on him’. John
- There is a place
prepared for the unrepentant so that they may come to Christ via
repentance. (Genesis 6:30).
- Many Christians
today confuse the abolition of the works of the Law of Moses, which
Paul writes about profusely, with the works required by Jesus Christ. Paul and James write, often
within the same chapter, regarding how the works of the (Mosaic) Law
were done away, (see more) but the works of Christ will be required. Romans 4:16; James
- Paul’s discussion
of not being ‘justified by the works of the Law’ and others, are
mere examples of the same (above) Galatians 2:16
- Nephi said it best: ‘We are saved by Grace,
after all we can do.’ 2
- There is no work
great enough, or repentance sincere enough, that could have merited
eternal life on its own. Alma 19:94, Alma 9:54, Alma 9:55, Alma 16:217
- Even the saints
at Ephesus, to whom Ephesians 2:8 was written, showed their works
(proof) of repentance and were baptized. (Acts
19: 9, 1-6)
- Paul, who warned
the Galations against works (of the Mosaic Law), also commands the
people that only those who have been baptized unto Christ (‘a
work’ in some Christians’ bible) have truly ‘put on’ Christ.
- Many will have
part in the first resurrection because of their faith and repentance
alone Revelation 20:6. Their baptism and gift
of the Holy Ghost, if lacking, will come during the Millennium, if it
hasn’t occurred in this life.
- Paul wrote to
many Jews and former Jews regarding the completion of the Mosaic law. This is why there is so much
discussion regarding Grace and works in the New Testament. Many didn’t understand and
rejected Paul for it. On
the other hand, Nephi’s people understood that the Mosaic Law
pointed toward Jesus, and when he came, needed little convincing that
the Law of Moses was completed. In
their generations after Jesus, one finds no discussion of grace and
works in the ‘New Testament of the Book of Mormon.’ Why? Because it wasn’t needed. Everyone new and understood
2:8 is not the beginning of the journey, but the end
of the journey. Ephesians 2:8 can’t be read without Ephesians
2:9-10, which states that we were created by God unto
- It wasn’t a
lack of faith that expelled Adam and Eve from Eden and consigned
mankind to spiritual separation from God; indeed, it was willful
rebellion against the commandments of God. It is turning from that rebellion and keeping the
commandments that allows Jesus’ blood to atone for our sins. After
all, it is not as if Adam and Eve stopped ‘believing’ in God--they
consciously chose to put their ideas, their mind and will, above
God’s. (Satan had this
same problem). Rather
repentance is rendering of our self-will unto God’s will, turning
from our inward lusts to outward love for Him.
- We will be judged
by our works. Revelation 20:12, Revelation 20:13
- The bible teaches
that It is not our sin that makes Jesus our advocate, but our
subsequent Repentance which brings the advocate of Jesus Christ. (I
- The bible teaches
that if we say we have fellowship with Jesus and yet walk in darkness,
(i.e. do not follow obediently after Jesus’ ways), we are liars.
John 1:6) This
indicts those who verbally claim salvation but have never been changed
in their heart to show a new life outwardly.
- Being born again
refers more to the change in heart to have no more disposition to do
evil than it does the physical act of being baptized. (Mosiah
- The bible teaches
that people can ‘fall from Grace,’ that is to say, fall away from
- Jesus taught us to live by denying ourselves worldly
lusts, and live righteously. Titus
2:12 Grace doesn’t cover the unrepentant sinner.