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Faith vs Works

1. We must have faith in Christ to be saved.

Rom 3:21 we are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Jesus Christ Rom 3:22 This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.
Gal 3:26 we become sons of God through faith in Jesus Christ Gal 2:15 man is not justified by observing the Law, but by faith in Jesus Christ
1 Jn 3:23 Believe in the name Jesus Christ Jn 1:12-13 to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God 
Gal 2:20 I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me & gave himself for me Gal 3:24 the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith
Gal 3:22 Whole world is a prisoner of sin so the promise, being given in Christ might be given to those who believe  

Summary: Christ is the object of our faith, being born again makes us

spiritually alive!

 

2. We are justified by faith alone.

Rom 1:17 / Gal 3:11 The righteous will live by faith Gal 3:6 /3:24 faith justifies- it is credited as righteousness
Gal 5:23-23 If you want the Spirit to grow in us, we must join our lives to his (see Jn 15:4,5) We must know him &imitate him Gal 5:5 By faith we eagerly await through the spirit the righteousness for which we hope


Summary: We are declared righteous by faith alone, we are justified freely by grace!

Jn 1:12-13
to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,
children not born of natural descent, nor human decision ir a husband's will, but born of God.


3. We cannot boast of our works because we are not saved by them.

Rom 4:2 If in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about-but not before God. Rom 4:3 What does scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness."
Gal 5:4 If you try being justified by the law (works) you will alienate yourself from Christ Rom 3:27-28 Where then is boasting?...For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law.
Gal 3:3 you cannot obtain salvation through human effort Gal 3:6-9 real Christians are those who have faith not those who keep the law (Hab 2:4)
Gal 3:10 Anyone who relies on the law is under a curse (Duet 27:6 Rom 3:20-24) Gal 5:4 If you try being justified by the law you will alienate yourself from Christ
Phil 3:3 Put no confidence in the flesh(works, credentials)  

Summary: Gal 3:3 One cannot obtain salvation through human effort

(ie giving to the poor, witnessing to your faith door to door, being good etc)


4. Works are the fruit(result) of our faith.

* We must have the Holy Spirit if we are to produce good works
 Gal 6:15 What counts is new creation (spiritual rebirth)
 Gal 5:16-18 we are called to live by the Spirit
 Jn 3:5-8 You must be born of water and the spirit

Once you are 'spiritually alive' you then can produce the fruit of your faith...

Jn 15:4 If you don't remain in Christ you cannot bear fruit Gal 5:22 The Spirit produces the character traits that are found in the nature of
Christ.
Gal 5:23-23 If you want the Spirit to grow in us, we must join our lives to his (see Jn 15:4,5) We must know him &
imitate him
Gal 2:21 If righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing (you cannot please God by what you do apart from Christ)
Jas 2:14 What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such a faith support him? Jas 2:17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
Jas 2:22 You see that faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did  

Summary:
Titus 3:4-8 True salvation always proves itself with action

 

PRINCIPLES OF FAITH ACCORDING TO JAMES

1) Commitment (essential to faith). You cannot be a Christian by affirming the right doctrines or agreeing with Biblical
facts
2) Right actions(works) are a by-product of true faith (genuine Christian will have a changed faith)
3) Faith without good deeds is useless (James 2:14) * Deeds of a loving service are not a substitute for, but rather a
verification of our faith in Christ
(Jas 2:17)
(NIV BIBLE NOTES)


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Scripture quotations taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright (c) 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House.