by Theodore Wright
Even so then at this present time also
there is a remnant according to the election of grace.
And if by grace, then is it no more of works:
otherwise grace is no more grace.
But if it be of works, then is it no more grace:
otherwise work is no more work.
-Romans 11:5-6 (KJV)
Those who teach that God’s grace can be received by works contradict themselves. The grace of God, which is the free gift of eternal life, cannot be received by works.
This free gift of salvation CANNOT be received by…
grace plus works
neither by faith plus works
nor by adding works to faith
By it’s own definition, grace is unmerited and free. Grace cannot require works in any way at all if it is to be received as grace. It is impossible to do work of any sort to obtain a free gift.
Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; – Romans 4:16a (KJV)
The free gift of salvation can only be received solely through faith alone in Jesus Christ. He paid for our salvation with His shed blood.
Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. – Romans 4:4-5 (KJV)
No, the Holy Scriptures do not teach licentiousness. They emphasize, however, that we cannot be saved by our works. Godly living and good works are the result of God’s grace, not by human effort. The entirety of Romans chapter 6 makes this clear.
For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
– Romans 5:19 (KJV)
We are saved solely upon the obedience and merit of Jesus Christ, not by our own, nor by anyone elses.
Obedience to faith in Christ is the requirement for salvation. Acts of obedience to God are not required for salvation but are consequential results of that faith.
We are not saved by keeping the law of God, but saving faith in Jesus Christ is what God requires. This faith results in obeying the intention of God’s law and keeping the commandments of Jesus.
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
– Romans 5:1 (KJV)
Receive God’s grace to eternal life by putting your complete trusting belief and faith solely in the person and work of God’s Son Jesus Christ, no one and nothing else. He paid the full price to save you with His own precious blood.
ACCEPT JESUS, FOREVER FORGIVEN