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What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.

Romans 7:7

But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?

Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?

James 2:20-22

What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.

Romans 7:7

But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?

Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?

James 2:20-22

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I'd like to start by saying that the Bible does NOT contradict itself. Also, grace and works are not mutually exclusive.

What is grace? "The free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings" (from Google)

What are works? "Activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a purpose or result." (Also from Google)

We all have sinned. (Romans 3:23) Because of this we deserve death. Jesus died to take our sins onto Himself so that we would get what He deserved (eternal life) and He would get what we deserved (death). When we accept the sacrifice He made for us, we are given what He deserved, life eternal.

So you are a sinner. You accept Jesus Christ and are baptized, which is a public confession that Christ is your Lord and Savior. Salvation has been attained. You can ONLY be saved by grace.

But what happens now that you are a follower of Christ? Does your life end here? No! You must continue to live but not in the way you used to live but by following the loving commandments of your LORD.

HERE AND ONLY HERE is where works are involved. Christ saved you by giving you grace, but now because He saved you by grace, you must walk as He walked and must persevere in the Christian walk, through works, the works of Jesus Himself.

I will illustrate this in this example. You are speeding through the freeway and are pulled over by a police officer. You are guilty because you have broken the law (sin). The police office lets you off with a warning (grace). Do you go back to speeding? No! Does the officer letting you off mean now you can speed all you like? Absolutely not! Out of respect and gratefulness that you were let off with a warning, you obey the law (works).

God has given you grace, through the redemptive blood of Christ. But because Jesus died, are you now free to go back and do what condemned you to death and was paid at such a high cost? ABSOLUTELY NOT! If you truly accepted the sacrifice of Jesus and wish, out of gratefulness, to do His will, your works must display that you have been saved. Works are the fruit of true conversion.

In conclusion, salvation could ONLY be attained by the grace of God. Once saved works are the RESULT of Christ living in you through the Holy Spirit.

EDIT: I would like to add one more thing.

What happens if you fall back into sin after having been baptized and have accepted Christ? This is a reality most, if not all, face. You must once again ask forgiveness of God and ask once again to be saved by grace. He is not waiting for you to do something wrong so that He can condemn you, instead He WANTS you to be saved and is WAITING for you with open arms to forgive you. Unfortunately, people take advantage of such love and do this time and time again until they can no longer hear the calling of the Holy Spirit and remain in their sins. This is why Jesus calls this the unpardonable sin. So Go to Jesus while His grace is still available and while His voice can still be heard!

I'd like to start by saying that the Bible does NOT contradict itself. Also, grace and works are not mutually exclusive.

What is grace? "The free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings" (from Google)

What are works? "Activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a purpose or result." (Also from Google)

We all have sinned. (Romans 3:23) Because of this we deserve death. Jesus died to take our sins onto Himself so that we would get what He deserved (eternal life) and He would get what we deserved (death). When we accept the sacrifice He made for us, we are given what He deserved, life eternal.

So you are a sinner. You accept Jesus Christ and are baptized, which is a public confession that Christ is your Lord and Savior. Salvation has been attained. You can ONLY be saved by grace.

But what happens now that you are a follower of Christ? Does your life end here? No! You must continue to live but not in the way you used to live but by following the loving commandments of your LORD.

HERE AND ONLY HERE is where works are involved. Christ saved you by giving you grace, but now because He saved you by grace, you must walk as He walked and must persevere in the Christian walk, through works, the works of Jesus Himself.

I will illustrate this in this example. You are speeding through the freeway and are pulled over by a police officer. You are guilty because you have broken the law (sin). The police office lets you off with a warning (grace). Do you go back to speeding? No! Does the officer letting you off mean now you can speed all you like? Absolutely not! Out of respect and gratefulness that you were let off with a warning, you obey the law (works).

God has given you grace, through the redemptive blood of Christ. But because Jesus died, are you now free to go back and do what condemned you to death and was paid at such a high cost? ABSOLUTELY NOT! If you truly accepted the sacrifice of Jesus and wish, out of gratefulness, to do His will, your works must display that you have been saved. Works are the fruit of true conversion.

In conclusion, salvation could ONLY be attained by the grace of God. Once saved works are the RESULT of Christ living in you through the Holy Spirit.

I'd like to start by saying that the Bible does NOT contradict itself. Also, grace and works are not mutually exclusive.

What is grace? "The free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings" (from Google)

What are works? "Activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a purpose or result." (Also from Google)

We all have sinned. (Romans 3:23) Because of this we deserve death. Jesus died to take our sins onto Himself so that we would get what He deserved (eternal life) and He would get what we deserved (death). When we accept the sacrifice He made for us, we are given what He deserved, life eternal.

So you are a sinner. You accept Jesus Christ and are baptized, which is a public confession that Christ is your Lord and Savior. Salvation has been attained. You can ONLY be saved by grace.

But what happens now that you are a follower of Christ? Does your life end here? No! You must continue to live but not in the way you used to live but by following the loving commandments of your LORD.

HERE AND ONLY HERE is where works are involved. Christ saved you by giving you grace, but now because He saved you by grace, you must walk as He walked and must persevere in the Christian walk, through works, the works of Jesus Himself.

I will illustrate this in this example. You are speeding through the freeway and are pulled over by a police officer. You are guilty because you have broken the law (sin). The police office lets you off with a warning (grace). Do you go back to speeding? No! Does the officer letting you off mean now you can speed all you like? Absolutely not! Out of respect and gratefulness that you were let off with a warning, you obey the law (works).

God has given you grace, through the redemptive blood of Christ. But because Jesus died, are you now free to go back and do what condemned you to death and was paid at such a high cost? ABSOLUTELY NOT! If you truly accepted the sacrifice of Jesus and wish, out of gratefulness, to do His will, your works must display that you have been saved. Works are the fruit of true conversion.

In conclusion, salvation could ONLY be attained by the grace of God. Once saved works are the RESULT of Christ living in you through the Holy Spirit.

EDIT: I would like to add one more thing.

What happens if you fall back into sin after having been baptized and have accepted Christ? This is a reality most, if not all, face. You must once again ask forgiveness of God and ask once again to be saved by grace. He is not waiting for you to do something wrong so that He can condemn you, instead He WANTS you to be saved and is WAITING for you with open arms to forgive you. Unfortunately, people take advantage of such love and do this time and time again until they can no longer hear the calling of the Holy Spirit and remain in their sins. This is why Jesus calls this the unpardonable sin. So Go to Jesus while His grace is still available and while His voice can still be heard!

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I'd like to start by saying that the Bible does NOT contradict itself. Also, grace and works are not mutually exclusive.

What is gracegrace? "The free and unmeritedunmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings" (from Google)

What are worksworks? "Activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a purposeeffort done in order to achieve a purpose or result." (Also from Google)

We all have sinned. (Romans 3:23) Because of this we deserve death. Jesus died to cleanse us fromtake our sins onto Himself so that we would get what He deserved (eternal life) and He would get what we deserved (death). When we accept the sacrifice He made for us, we are given what He deserved, life eternal.

So you are a sinner. You accept Jesus Christ and are baptized, which is a public confession that Christ is your Lord and Savior. Salvation has been attained. You can ONLY be saved by grace.

But what happens now that you are a follower of Christ? Does your life end here? No! You must continue to live but not in the way you used to live but by following the loving commandments of your LORD.

HERE AND ONLY HERE is where works are involved. Christ saved you by giving you grace, but now because He saved you by grace, you must walk as He walked and must persevere in the Christian walk, through works, the works of Jesus Himself.

I will illustrate anthis in this example. You are speeding through the freeway and are pulled over by a police officer. You are guilty because you have broken the law (sin). The police office lets you off with a warning (grace). Do you go back to speeding? No! Does the officer letting you off mean now you can speed all you like? Absolutely not! Out of respect and gratefulness that you were let off with a warning, you obey the law (works).

God has given you grace, through the redemptive blood of Christ. But because Jesus died, are you now free to go back and do what condemned you to death and was paid at such a high cost? ABSOLUTELY NOT! If you truly accepted the sacrifice of Jesus and wish, out of gratefulness, to do His will, your works must display that you have been saved. Works are the fruit of true conversion.

In conclusion, salvation could ONLY be attained by the grace of God. Once saved works are the RESULT of Christ living in you through the Holy Spirit.

I'd like to start by saying that the Bible does NOT contradict itself. Also, grace and works are not mutually exclusive.

What is grace? "The free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings" (from Google)

What are works? "Activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a purpose or result." (Also from Google)

We all have sinned. (Romans 3:23) Because of this we deserve death. Jesus died to cleanse us from our sins. When we accept the sacrifice He made for us, we are given what He deserved, life eternal.

So you are a sinner. You accept Jesus Christ and are baptized, which is a public confession that Christ is your Lord and Savior. Salvation has been attained. You can ONLY be saved by grace.

But what happens now that you are a follower of Christ? Does your life end here? No! You must continue to live but not in the way you used to live but by following the loving commandments of your LORD.

HERE AND ONLY HERE is where works are involved. Christ saved you by giving you grace, but now because He saved you by grace you must walk as He walked and must persevere in the Christian walk, through works, the works of Jesus Himself.

I will illustrate an example. You are speeding through the freeway and are pulled over by a police officer. You are guilty because you have broken the law (sin). The police office lets you off with a warning (grace). Do you go back to speeding? No! Does the officer letting you off mean now you can speed all you like? Absolutely not! Out of respect and gratefulness that you were let off with a warning, you obey the law (works).

God has given you grace, through the redemptive blood of Christ. But because Jesus died, are you now free to go back and do what condemned you to death and was paid at such a high cost? ABSOLUTELY NOT! If you truly accepted the sacrifice of Jesus and wish, out of gratefulness, to do His will, your works must display that you have been saved. Works are the fruit of true conversion.

In conclusion, salvation could ONLY be attained by the grace of God. Once saved works are the RESULT of Christ living in you through the Holy Spirit.

I'd like to start by saying that the Bible does NOT contradict itself. Also, grace and works are not mutually exclusive.

What is grace? "The free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings" (from Google)

What are works? "Activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a purpose or result." (Also from Google)

We all have sinned. (Romans 3:23) Because of this we deserve death. Jesus died to take our sins onto Himself so that we would get what He deserved (eternal life) and He would get what we deserved (death). When we accept the sacrifice He made for us, we are given what He deserved, life eternal.

So you are a sinner. You accept Jesus Christ and are baptized, which is a public confession that Christ is your Lord and Savior. Salvation has been attained. You can ONLY be saved by grace.

But what happens now that you are a follower of Christ? Does your life end here? No! You must continue to live but not in the way you used to live but by following the loving commandments of your LORD.

HERE AND ONLY HERE is where works are involved. Christ saved you by giving you grace, but now because He saved you by grace, you must walk as He walked and must persevere in the Christian walk, through works, the works of Jesus Himself.

I will illustrate this in this example. You are speeding through the freeway and are pulled over by a police officer. You are guilty because you have broken the law (sin). The police office lets you off with a warning (grace). Do you go back to speeding? No! Does the officer letting you off mean now you can speed all you like? Absolutely not! Out of respect and gratefulness that you were let off with a warning, you obey the law (works).

God has given you grace, through the redemptive blood of Christ. But because Jesus died, are you now free to go back and do what condemned you to death and was paid at such a high cost? ABSOLUTELY NOT! If you truly accepted the sacrifice of Jesus and wish, out of gratefulness, to do His will, your works must display that you have been saved. Works are the fruit of true conversion.

In conclusion, salvation could ONLY be attained by the grace of God. Once saved works are the RESULT of Christ living in you through the Holy Spirit.

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