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Saturday, January 5, 2008

Is Belief in Christ for eternal life the same as Belief in Christ and (insert item here) for eternal life?

Romans 11:6 says "And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work.

Grace and Works are incompatible. If you try to work grace is no longer grace. Works are incompatible with grace. It is a statement of fact. If you are saved by works, then you are not saved by grace.. and if we are not saved by grace, we are not saved. I think this is pretty clear and hard to argue against. We are saved by one or the other.

Matthew 7:21-23 "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'

I submit to you, that these people believed that Christ would save them after he saw all the works they were doing for him. They seem to expect it, so they had faith in him, but relied on their works to be worthy.

If you are trusting in 2 people to accomplish something for you, you are not trusting one. That to me is clear. If you think it takes 2 people or 2 things to do something, you are not trusting one to do it. Thus someone who is believes that works and Christ will save them, does NOT believe that Christ will save them.

If you think you can lose eternal life, then you can't be trusting in Christ for it alone. You are trusting in Christ and yourself, and since Christ won't fail, ultimately its up to you to save yourself. Does that make sense?

Faith in 2 things is NOT faith in one thing

I challenge anyone to please give me an example where trusting in 1 thing and 2 things for the samething is the same? I think its impossible but I know there are many smarter then me.

Grace and Truth