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Faith Alone?

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by , January 11th, 2016 at 09:30 PM (502 Views)
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Faith alone? #24
Would you agree that a "work of faith" (1 Thess. 1: 3) or "obedience of faith" (Rom. 1: 5) is "of faith" and not a work of law nor a work of merit? God bless.
This is a smoke screen in order to try and justify your erroneous teaching that we are saved by "these works" and just not "those works." You cannot dissect good works from the MORAL aspect of the law, so either way it's salvation by works!

In 1 Thessalonians 1:3, notice the words "work of" faith, "labor of" love and "patience of" hope in 1 Thessalonians 1:3. These are the practical outworking of the Thessalonians' conversion. The "work" the Thessalonians do is a result or consequence of their faith. So too their "labor" flows from love and their "endurance" comes from hope. Work "of" faith does not mean that faith in essence is the work accomplished.

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Their work is a result or consequence "of" their faith. The work done is "of" faith or done "out of" faith. Faith was already established at conversion and then the work "followed" as a result or consequence "of" faith. You are trying to turn work "of" faith into this work "is" faith. You seem to make no distinction between faith and works that follow as a "result" of faith.
Very Well spoken.

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  1. jasonj's Avatar
    without Faith, man cannot accomplish good works. Faith alone in Christ is the only way to be made in the image of God. Faith in the Law or works man can accheive to reach God, will never save because man is incapable of keeping Gods Law. the purpose of faith in the written Law, is to bring the believer into submission through His belief that God is Truly God. The Law, or works according to the Law cannot cleanse, or make new the man who is not capable. bieng imperfect through adams blood with the written Law man is Lost, he comes to the conclusion "my works are not enough, I am a sinner." Then and only then is man prepared for the Savior sent Purely and solely from Gods Grace and Love for the Lost world that He Loves. By Faith alone in God, we search the Laws because we have Faith that they are Gods Laws of righteousness. when we see them clearly, we understand the need for Gods Work in us, to accomplish what we cannot. In this way, when all things are made new, no one, not one man will say that my works got me here. but only The faithfulness of God placed in my heart by the belief in His word. Faith leads to Grace, grace leads to obedience, obedience leads to righteousness, not of us, but the righteousness given from God to make sinners righteous by calling what is not (sinners) righteous by His word, the same word that creates all things. we who believe are being created by Gods Word, made into the image of Christ not to work, but to simply be the new man God has made us by Faith in His words.