Our Salvation is not of Works but on the Basis of Faith Alone
We’re in chapter 4 of Romans and from the Old Testament, Paul is seeking to prove three basic points related to obtaining righteousness.
First, Paul proved that salvation has always been a matter of faith, not works. He used the example of Abraham as his proof. Abraham was credited with righteousness because he believed in God to keep a promise concerning a future son. He wasn’t credited on the basis of his works, therefore Abraham proves works are not the way to righteousness, it is on the basis of faith. Abraham is Paul’s example to prove that salvation by faith is not a new idea. Its been around since Abraham. Continue reading
Was Abraham declared righteous before or after he was circumcised?
Before the Law, saved by grace through faith. After the Law, same thing. The Law did not have any impact on how we are saved. Some have asked, is God’s blessings for the Jew or for the Gentile also? There were some Jews in Paul’s day and probably some Orthodox Jews today that are probably thinking God may have had two systems for salvation. Maybe for the Gentiles God had this system of faith. But for the Jews, by following the Law was meant to be something like faith plus works. Or just works, period. Could it be possible that there are really two systems involved here. And Paul says let’s consider when Abraham received his declaration of righteousness. Continue reading
Jesus Promised Only One Way into the Kingdom
To be saved is to turn your backs on the wide gates promising the world entry into the kingdom and place your trust in what is in reality a very small insignificant gate. The Promised One. A man who died 2,000 years ago on a cross as a common criminal. A very unlikely place and person to put your trust in. In comparison to what the world would tell you what you should do.
Now returning to the m moment when Jesus spoke these words:
Luke 13:23-24 (NKJV)**
23 Then one said to Him, “Lord, are there few who are saved?” And He said to them, 24 “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able. Continue reading