I believe but I need “to accomplish all these” to be accepted. Grace. This is solely by the grace of God that we are saved.
Just as the Hymn writer William Cowper puts “Saved to sin no more” in the Hymn “There is a fountain filled with blood”.

Dear dying Lamb, thy precious blood
shall never lose its power
till all the ransomed church of God
be saved, to sin no more.
Be saved, to sin no more,
be saved, to sin no more;
till all the ransomed church of God
be saved, to sin no more.

Be saved to sin no more, not Sin no more to be saved. It is just that little bit of sequence yet it makes a whole world of difference.
Saved to sin no more, THIS IS by the Grace and through the Blood of Jesus Christ. 100%. Our acceptance to God is solely by his grace through Jesus Christ who died on the cross for our sins, rose from death on the 3rd day, and alive now forever more.

As I read ponder on this, it reminds me of the verse O Death where is thy sting?
1 Cor 15:55-57
55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Legalism is the law, the law bringeth forth awareness of sin, sin bringeth forth death.
Romans 6:23 – For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

I was just chatting a love one yesterday, about the decision to be baptised. This is not the first time discussion, but prior were just short chit-chat style where I brought up baptism. However, yesterday’s discussion is a full blown intended discussion. Several times he was hesitant, as usual I’m curious. Why?
“I do not think I can live up to the requirements of God”, he responded. I do not blame him. It is only natural.
THAT IS THE DEVIL LEGALISM AT WORK!! It’s again me me me work work work!!
It’s very subtle, yet it works into every human kind heart! I need to work to be accepted!

Eph 2:8-9
8For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9Not of works, lest any man should boast.

So what about the works that the Bible talks about? The works does not gain anybody salvation, it is the results of the Salvation!
It is because of the faith in believe in Jesus, therefore you

Couple relation example:
It is because you love your partner, therefore you
1. spend more time with your partner
2. you take care of your partner
3. you buy presents for you partner
4. you desire your partner more
5. etc.
You do not do all these so that you can love you partner. BECAUSE you love your partner, thus you do all these.

Techy Example:
It is because you love Windows OS, therefore you
1. You will tell more people about the OS
2. Tell how good is the OS
3. Show people how to enjoy the OS
4. Sacrifice to use the OS (Sacrifice? Yes, Price, Accessories, License, etc)

See? How the works work in Faith and Love of something?
So we declare we believe in God, and faith, SHOW ME YOUR WORKS!

If you have faith in your surgeon, you will go ahead with the surgeon to work on your body.
If you have faith in your chair, you will seat on it.
If you have faith in your God, you will … Follow His Word aka the Bible.

James 2:17-20
17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

Romans 5:1
1Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

As Isaiah 64:6 puts “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”

Romand 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

Even Jesus him says “… there is none good but one, that is, God.”

May God help us. Ever so often, we may fall back into the Devil Lies of the Law, that we need to do good to be accepted by God.
But we know from God’s word, nobody is righteous. No not one.


~ by ymsim on 2010/04/12.

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