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Why is faith the quality that God chooses to reward?

Clarifying righteousness First, let's review the Biblical meaning of righteousness. The first paragraph of the Righteousness article of Baker's Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology edited by ...
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Is the choice, or decision, to accept Salvation through Jesus Christ a Work?

You've fallen into a common trap of examining a single piece of a theological system by importing that piece into your own construct rather than seeing how it fits into its own context. A Reformed ...
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Does human effort oppose God's grace?

Human effort consistent with the will of God, does not oppose God's Grace. However, the words of Jesus to Peter (cf. Matthew 16:21-23), "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; for ...
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Where did the formula, "Good works are the fruits of faith," originate?

Clement of Rome, Clement of Alexandria, and Didymus the Blind said things that could be mistaken for the formula, but don't fit all the criteria. The first one to use it unmistakably is Origen, in ...
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Why is faith the quality that God chooses to reward?

The Bible states that, "Without faith, it is impossible to please [God]; for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him" (...
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What is the Calvinist perspective on John 5:28–29 in regard to earning salvation?

The note for John 5:29 in the John MacArthur NASB Study Bible (MacArthur is Calvinist) says: Jesus was not teaching for justification by works (see 6:29). In the context, the "good" is believing ...
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Do people who commit "major" sins after accepting Jesus go to Heaven?

The answer is provided in one of the passages you quoted: Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor ...
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Do people who commit "major" sins after accepting Jesus go to Heaven?

You are actually asking numerous questions in this question, so I will just summarize the answer and then address each verse you listed. Summary: The protestant view does not link works with grace ...
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Is the choice, or decision, to accept Salvation through Jesus Christ a Work?

I am a Reformed Pastor and I think the passage most Reformed Christians would turn to is: Ephesians 2: 8-9: For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it ...
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Why is faith the quality that God chooses to reward?

I believe the premise of this question is a bit off. I think I know where you're going with the idea that all Christians believe that "God rewards faith" but a good chunk of the Protestant/...
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What is the biblical basis for the belief that good works are the fruits of faith?

I am asking specifically for the biblical basis of the belief that good works are the fruits of faith. Hebrews 11 addresses this directly. Verse 6 is instructive, for it tells us that without ...
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Does human effort oppose God's grace?

The human effort does not oppose God's grace if this effort consist in obedience to God... Even more this kind of human effort will be the inevitable result of the God's grace. That is called the ...
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Does human effort oppose God's grace?

Hah, well, you've got a couple ambiguous statements to begin with: "Human effort does not oppose God's grace." "As long as you do your best , God will indeed do the rest." What ...
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How do those who believe in a works or works + faith based salvation interpret Jesus' words to the criminal in Luke 23:43?

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. ...
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How do Protestants explain the relationship between justification and the works of the servants in the Parable of the Talents?

For the sake of brevity, I have placed a single page regarding the parables of the kingdom here on google docs. A number of the parables of the kingdom, as described in the page, convey that what is ...
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Why is faith the quality that God chooses to reward?

God is righteous and none else is. And this is the answer to your question. God demonstrated his righteousness upon his own Son, righteously laying sins upon him (which were not his own) and ...
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How are the teachings in the Book of James consistent with Salvation by Grace alone?

How is the teachings in the Book of James consistent with Salvation by Grace alone? James 2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Many take the verses of James chapter two ...
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Is salvation acheived by faith alone, or does it in fact require some works?

“Not everyone who says to Me, .. ....but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter." What is the Father's will? Does the Father's will exclude " .. prophesying, casting out ...
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If faith without deeds, or actions, is dead, then what are these concrete actions?

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 ...
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May Christians work while fasting?

Jesus said: Matthew 6:16 through 18 NKJV "Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. ...
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How does "believe that you have received it" practice in the ​Christian life?

St. Thomas, in his Catena Aurea (Golden Chain) on St. Mark's Gospel, cap. 11 l. 4, cites St. Theophlyact, who writes: For whosoever sincerely believes evidently lifts up his heart to God, and is ...
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Do good works always express saving faith in Christ, even when that faith is not explicit?

Distinguo Sanctifiying grace is the grace freely given by God which saves us and it doesn't come in bushels or pecks According to the Council of Trent sanctifying grace is not merely a formal cause, ...
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How is the 'New Perspective on Paul' different from Catholicism with respect to good works?

The notion of "good works" comes up multiple times in the New Testament, so I'll limit my answer to the meaning of "works of the law" in Paul's epistles, particularly Galatians. The NPP soteriological ...
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How do Protestants interpret "covers a multitude of sins" (James 5:19)?

In James 5:20, the expression "shall cover a multitude of sins" means that the sins of the person who has strayed will be forgiven by God. The significance is that if the sinful person ...
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How do Protestants explain the relationship between justification and the works of the servants in the Parable of the Talents?

Justification through grace alone and faith alone doesn't mean that one can act in an evil or negligent manner and still be saved. One can lose one's salvation through failing to act in accordance ...
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Seeking a Catholic framework for interpreting Bible verses about God's rewards that are commensurate with a believer's work

Greater reward is acquired by more love. What actually earns us a reward? Love is that which earns us a reward. Heaven consists essentially of the beatific vision of God, ie. seeing God face to face....
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Seeking a Catholic framework for interpreting Bible verses about God's rewards that are commensurate with a believer's work

In Catholicism, what can we do on earth to earn reward beyond eternal life? In order to increase our own personal merits before God, we must first of all be in the state of grace. If we are not in ...
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Did the Jansenists deny the gratuity of grace?

No, Jansenists did not deny the gratuity of grace According to one of the foremost authorities on Jansenism, Dr. Shaun Blanchard, the Jansenists were fighting for the gratuity of grace! The ...
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What has changed that cloistered catholic monks (as communities) are not advancing technical sciences and engineering today?

What has changed that cloistered catholic monks are not advancing technical sciences and engineering today? The schools of higher education are no longer restricted to monastic institutions. At one ...
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