Does that mean that works are then not needed? In my perspective, after one professes faith in Jesus on their lips and in their heart, or as Romans 10:9 puts it, “because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (ESV), then the good works will start to manifest in the new believer’s life due to the changing work of the Holy Spirit inside of him, thus demonstrating that one is saved by faith, but that works should still appear in a Christian’s life. To start with, in the Treatise of Christian Liberty, Luther addresses this very same issue. After having stated his grounds for why salvation is by grace through faith alone, he then answers the question and statement of “If faith does all things and is alone sufficient unto righteousness, why then are good works commanded? We will take our ease and do no works
10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. This verse shows how we are able to be in relationship with God through faith eve... ... middle of paper ... ... people today who aren't seeking to live out a particularly “Godly” life. The justification we receive through Jesus Christ can be imitated in anyone’s life by giving second chances, and being the initiator when it comes to making something good again. The sanctification we receive through the help of the Holy Spirit and our walk to a Godly life can look the same as understanding either our own or someone else’s problems and sticking around to see that thing change.
God’s promise of salvation continues today and forever. Jesus took away our condemnation to sin and replaced it with freedom in Him. “Salvation is by grace, which means freedom from sin by the indwelling, fortifying, cleansing life of the Spirit, and not by works of the law” (Willard, 88). We obey God’s commands not to get into heaven, but because we love Him. Christians today love others and serve God because of the desires of the Spirit.
Do not let religion and doubt make you think the Holy Spirit is not for you, for now, in this day. The gifts of the Spirit are as available today as they were to those believers of old. After my husband became a Christian it was not long before the Lord gave him visions, and dreams with words of knowledge. Always these gifts were to warn him to protect him, or to witness to someone, or to pray for someone. It amazed him and further sealed his understanding of the power of Jesus Christ.
You might be a religious person, yet not believe Jesus arose from the dead. That belief would not negate you from being religious, but it would negate a profession of one being a Christian. If a person believes in his heart and confesses with his mouth that God raised Jesus from the dead, he shall be saved. (Romans 10:9) With this in mind, I want to guide you into some of the scriptures concerning the crucifixion, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Chapter 1 One of the most difficult things for me to understand (being raised in our western culture, and religious background) are the Jewish Holy Days, Feast, and Laws.
They arrested him. Jesus was brought to Pilate and he sentenced him to death. Then he was crucified. When he died, a man named Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus and he replied yes. Joseph took the body down wrapped him in linen and placed him in a tomb.
The book of Acts begins with Jesus urging His disciples to spread the Gospel worldwide. Jesus is then crucified and raised from the dead (resurrected). Judas commits suicide Judas which made the other eleven disciples elect Matthias as the new twelfth disciple. The disciples do the work of the Lord after His death by starting the early church. The speaking of tongues also represents itself in this book because the Holy Spirits presence.
Jesus came to serve a people considerably inferior to Himself as a light to dispel darkness. The Bible tells us that we do not have to live as slaves but as sons of God and heirs to the Father's kingdom. This simply means that despite our undeserving we may turn... ... middle of paper ... ...liever now has assurance that his every sin will be forgiven dependent not on the sacrifice of an animal but on sincere repentance. God loves His people and has provided them with a way by which they can be cleansed and sanctified, making them acceptable to him. The new covenant, therefore, leads to a desire to do what is right.
Pilate tried to free Jesus, because he thought that he was innocent, by letting the people choose one prisoner to be saved, so the high priests stirred up the crowd against Jesus and Pilate had to crucify Jesus. "As Jesus was whipped the soldiers made a crown of thorns and placed it on him and said "Behold the king of the Jews". As the he carried his own cross he collapse, witched showed his humility. "22 And they brought him to the place called Gol'gotha (which means the place of a skull). 23 And they offered him wine mingled with myrrh; but he did not take it."
Christians are not called to feel love for all persons, but to desire to act in a caring and just way towards all, which is the true reality of a believer’s unity with Christ. As we can see in Romans 8 it has already been establish that there is no condemnation for the ones whom God is sanctifying by the Holy Spirit. Paul explains that the primary cause of distinction between the true believer and all others is the existence and work of the Holy Spirit within. Within the chapter we all have received the proclamation that we have been freed from the bondage of sin and shame. Paul has taught us that our spirit plays a serious role in the sanctification of the believer.