Thursday, February 11, 2010

SEVEN FOUNDATIONAL TRUTHS


Here are seven foundational truths we must keep in mind as we study the Scriptures. No verse of the Bible will contradict these Gospel truths of God’s grace in Christ.

(1). Our justification before God is not by our works but by the finished work of Christ, His blood and righteousness imputed to us – "Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:" (Romans 3:24)

(2). All whom God has justified by His grace in Christ are called by the Spirit & the word to faith in Christ – "But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: Whereunto He called you by our Gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ." (2 Thessalonians 2:13-14)

(3). All whom He calls to faith in Christ are brought to repent of their sins, including their own self-righteous works – "But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ," (Philippians 3:7-8)

(4). The works God does in and through believers are the fruits and effects of Christ’s work in saving us from our sins and making us righteous before God – "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." (Ephesians 2:10)

(5). Our justification before God and the genuineness of our faith in Christ will be proven by the fruit and evidence of good works – "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." (James 2:18)

(6). Works without faith are dead works – "For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death." (Romans 7:5)

(7). Faith without works is dead faith – "Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone." (James 2:17)

By Bill Parker

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