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Are we not saved by Grace?
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{Mini Bible Study} Are we not saved by Grace?
            Question: Aren’t we “saved by Grace”, which is free, and not earned by keeping GOD’s law?
 
            Answer: Absolutely. The trouble is most Christians have either gotten the concepts of grace and faith confused or they have been taught the wrong interpretations of these concepts altogether. The Bible teaches us,
 
Act 15:11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.
 
            What Christianity has forgotten is that grace and faith are two different things. “Grace” is from GOD to us, and it is given freely. “Faith” is from us to GOD and it should also be given freely to GOD out of love and respect. Faith is shown through our obedience to GOD’s Ten Commandments as this verse shows,
 
Rom 1:5 “By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name”.
           
            Notice in that verse it says directly, “we have received grace…for obedience to the faith”. In other words you receive grace if you show obedience to GOD, and obeying GOD’s Ten Commandments is the biblical definition of “faith”.
            Let’s use an example to explain this view of grace.
            Suppose you have a daughter in the twelfth grade about to graduate high school. You tell your daughter that if she can graduate with straight A’s you will give her a new car! Your daughter has “faith” that you will do what you say and graduates with straight A’s to show her obedience to you, and you give her a new car. She did not pay for the car with her grades; her good grades were simply a condition of her getting the car. She not only benefited from getting the car, but she was also the only one who benefited from the good grades. The only value you received is the happiness of knowing your child did well in school, you gave her the car simply out of your generosity, or grace, to show how happy you were with her.
            In this same way GOD does not benefit from your obedience to HIS Ten Commandments, only mankind benefits from our obedience. HIS grace is given freely but it is conditional on our obedience to HIS law. Most of Christianity understands the concept of grace being given freely on the condition that we repent of our sins. But unfortunately we often stop there and do not ask what exactly is the bible interpretation of “repentance” and “faith”, which are actually one and the same.
            In the bible we read,
 
“Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works. …
But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? …
Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? …
Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. …
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. “
(James 2: 17-18, 20, 22, 23, 25-26)
 
            Notice in all these verses in James chapter 2 it directly tells us that our faith is dependant on our “works”. If our faith is dependant on our “works” we now need a biblical definition of those “works” to fully understand what is being discussed here. For that definition we go to James 1:25,
 
Jas 1:25 “But whoso looketh into THE PERFECT LAW OF LIBERTY, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the WORK, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”
 
            Notice that GOD’s “Perfect Law of Liberty”, which is another name for HIS Ten Commandments, is defined in this verse as a “work”. So if our faith is made alive and given true substance by our works and our works is obedience to GOD’s Ten Commandments the idea that we receive grace because of our obedience, as shown in verse Romans 1:5 earlier, makes perfect sense. It is even further clarified in Eph 2:8,
 
Eph 2:8 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:”
 
            “By grace are ye saved through faith”, which simply means through showing your faith in GOD by obeying HIS Ten Commandments you receive grace.  You do not earn grace since obeying GOD’s Ten Commandments does not benefit GOD in any way other than to make HIM happy that HIS children are doing well. Grace is simply given to you on condition that you show faith in GOD through your obedience to HIM.
 
            When deciding how to show our faith in GOD we have two choices. Consider which world you would rather raise your children in from the examples below.
 
            Would you rather raise your children in a world governed by the Law of GOD, “The Perfect Law of Liberty”, HIS holy Ten Commandments that ensures mankind lives free from death, disease, lies, theft, broken marriages, greed, envy and everything else negative in the world. A perfect moral law directly created and enforced by GOD almighty HIMSELF for the eternal safety of HIS children and supported sincerely by the biblical example, definition and interpretation of faith as shown to us by Jesus Himself.
 
Or,
            Would you rather live in a world based on man’s concept of faith, which is a faith where the law of GOD is of little importance or none at all, where morality is based totally on the conscience of the individual man and his own interpretations of right and wrong, good and evil. Where faith is just a matter of “saying” you believe in GOD and Jesus and not having to support your confession of faith with any tangible action at all that would show your love for your fellow man other than sitting in church, waving your hands in the air and saying “amen”. Just turn on the news and watch awhile if you want to see how that turns out.
 
            Man’s idea of faith is generally a ghost of an idea based on nothing but often failed good intentions and little else, it ensures no eternal peace and happiness and only offers a future based on man’s individual opinions of right and wrong which would only bring us more of the same sin corrupted world we already live in since every man’s idea of right and wrong is different.
            GOD’s biblical definition of faith through obedience to HIS Ten Commandments and backed by HIS eternal power on the other hand will guarantee man a life of never ending true tangible, physical and real peace and happiness.
            This is not to say that GOD will have to enforce HIS law after judgment day, but rather that mankind, having seen the full effects of sin on the world, the biblical definition of sin being “the transgression of the law” (1John 3:4), no person saved will ever again wish to break GOD’s Ten Commandments and release sin into the world again. Our eternal obedience will be through love for one another, not through any act of enforcement from GOD.
            GOD has said,
“O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep ALL MY COMMANDMENTS ALWAYS, that it might be well with them, and with their children FOREVER!” (Deuteronomy 5:29)
 
Amen!
ken Elliott jr 2009