Friday, May 29, 2015

John 6:28-29 comments: salvation predicated upon belief alone

28 ¶  Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? 29  Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

Biblical Christianity is not a religion of works. We can’t work to get saved nor can we work to stay saved. Salvation is predicated upon belief.

Acts 16:30  And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? 31  And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

Romans 10:9  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11  For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

    12 ¶  For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek [a Gentile: a non-Jew as the dominant culture of Paul’s world was a Greek one]: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

However, we are called to good works once we are saved.

Ephesians 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Good works from the Christian’s perspective are defined as acts of charity and love.

1Timothy 5:10  Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints’ feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work.

1Timothy 6:18  That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;

James 1:27  Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

Read the entire chapter of 1Corinthians 13 and Romans 12 and 1Thessalonians 5:11 and onward.

Good works include the uniting together regularly as the body of Christ in worship. With the development of modern technologies this becomes even more a possibility for even people unable to physically attend a physical worship service.

Hebrews 10:24  And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

But, it is belief, not good works that saves a Christian. It is Christ alone that keeps them saved as we will find out later. All other teachings of modern churches are based on control and manipulation and are not Biblical. Not your church membership, not your church attendance, not your generosity in giving, nor your diligence in Bible reading and prayer can save you. Only trusting in Christ can do that.

John 1:12  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13  Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

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