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According to Emanuel Swedenborg, faith without works does not save a person (Note: This section can be skipped by those who are interested only in the Swedenborgian interpretation of Luke 23:39-43. The purpose of this section is to establish that Swedenborg, and Swedenborgians, reject justification by faith alone, and believe that good works are also ...


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The apostle Paul, in recounting his conversion experience to King Agrippa, speaks of the same things in Acts 26:19-20 (NKJV) (emphasis mine): 19 “Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision [I received on the road to Damascus], 20 but declared first to those in Damascus and in Jerusalem, and throughout all the region of Judea, ...


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In the Protestant belief, works are a sign of faith, and the Holy Spirit working in the life of the believer. The ESV commentary elaborates on this interpretation thusly: Faith without Works Is Dead. James continues the theme that hearing/faith must lead to doing/works. It may seem that James contradicts Paul’s “by grace you have been saved through ...


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"human effort does not oppose God's grace" = TRUE, when the effort is a result of faith in God's grace. For instance, Paul the apostle repeatedly wrote about how hard he worked as a result of God's grace, that is, knowing that God would undertake for him. God graciously gives us gifts and empowers us to use them according to His will: Romans 12:6 ...



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