Cheryl177: faith without works is dead I thought Salvation was through faith and faith alone? The catholic church use to teach it was through faith and good works until the refmration and then it was taught that salvation was through faith alone as taught in the bible. or did my history instructor blotch part of the story? TashaHere is what I see from the Bible, and believe. Ephesians 2:8 and 9 followed by 10 gives the answer Faith in Jesus Christ, followed by the evidence of a changed life, fulfilling his purpose. Faith Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Eph 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. followed by Gods purpose Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Faith John 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
John 1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Titus 3:5 Notby works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Rom 4:5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. The work begins after salvation, by conforming our lives to Jesus Christ. We receive the fruit of the Spirit, which are to be our new life in Christ. Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Gal 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Gal 5:24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. Gal 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
God is more interested in our heart, than in our performance. Mat 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
Mat 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. It doesn't sound easy, being saved, but still it is by faith in Jesus. The Father gives the Spirit, without which we are not his. You must be born from above, through faith. We believe, God does the rest. Then we want to do his will as explained in His Bible. Gary (Superragman)