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Questions that seem harder than the answers

Differences: Old Testament and New Testament, faith or works, and more ... - a little long, but constructive and explanatory!

(Translation of an article by Jack Kinsella - Bible passages: rev. Elberfelder)

One of the most important characteristics of the biblical scriptures is their simplicity. It was actually written for 'the common people'.

“The law of the Lord is perfect and refreshes the soul; the testimony of the Lord is reliable and makes the simple-minded wise "(Psalm 19: 8)

“The Lord keeps the simple-minded. I was weak, but he saved me "(Psalm 116: 6)

“If the mocker is fined, the simple-minded becomes wise; and if one teaches the wise man he accepts knowledge ”(Proverbs 21:11)

“If you are inexperienced, stop by here! She speaks to whoever is without understanding "(Proverbs 9:16)

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Even so, there are entire libraries crammed with complicated books that explain the simplicity of the biblical scriptures. For every biblical teaching there is someone who has a revised teaching that he found somewhere in the Bible - but only he, no one else.

Usually this is something that tends to make something complicated that would actually be very simple. The doctrine of eternal security is a good example.

"For by grace you are saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is God's gift" (Ephesians 2: 8)

It's that easy. The statement asks and answers all the necessary questions:

Question: How are we saved? Answer: By grace.
Question: How do we receive grace? Answer: By faith.
Question: Where does this come from? Answer: From God.
Question: What role do I play in this? Answer: I get the gift.


“But if by grace, then no longer by works; otherwise grace is no longer grace "(Romans 11: 6)

So it's very easy. When I am saved by grace and works, grace is no longer grace. It is grace plus works - which nullifies both. If works matter, grace doesn't matter.

I can not understand this. Grace comes from God. Works come from you. Are you judged for your value? Or that of Christ? How can someone be judged by both?

"Well, Jesus was good enough ... you weren't ..."

"Therefore it is by faith that it should go by grace, so that the promise of all posterity may be certain, not only that of the law, but also that of the faith of Abraham, who is the Father of us all"Romans 4:16)

Even a cave dweller could understand that. It is from "Faith that by grace may be the promise" because if one builds on a combination of belief in God and belief in one's works, the promise is not certain.

Conversely, if I trust a combination of my belief in God's grace and my own works, then it is up to me to judge whether I am good enough for Heaven (or whether someone else is)

“I don't mean my own conscience, but that of the other. For why is my freedom judged by a different conscience? If I take part with thanks, why am I reviled for what I give thanks for? ”(1 Corinthians 10: 29-30)

But if it's that simple, why is eternal security ridiculed as "Once saved, always saved?" I don't know, honestly. I have heard many arguments, including none that did not reinterpret the entire concept of grace.

“For it is impossible to renew to repentance those who have once been enlightened and tasted the heavenly gift and have parted in the Holy Spirit and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the future age and yet have fallen away, since they again crucify the Son of God for themselves and subject them to ridicule "(Hebrews 6: 4-6)

The difficult question at Hebrews 6: 4-6 is that if someone has been saved and then falls away, they have lost their salvation, right?

If you judge it like Paul did - either grace destroys works, or works destroys grace - then that is true

It is impossible to repent again because the blood of Jesus is sufficient payment for ALL sins. If this were not true, Christ would have to be crucified again, which would make him an "open shame" in the eyes of his enemy.

Could this mean that a person who was saved and then fell away could never come back? She is forever lost and hopeless no matter how many times she asks for forgiveness later?

It all depends on how you define the word 'impossible'. Defined as "maybe" then Hebrews 6: 4-6 contradicts eternal security.

But if one actually understands it as 'impossible', it can only mean that it is not possible to lose one's salvation by one's own works, because that would expose Christ to the ridicule of the adversary whom he claims to have defeated.

Formulated as a question, the book of James seems difficult. He writes: “But someone will say: You have faith and I have works. Show me your faith without works, and I will show you the faith from my works! "(James 2:18)

"But do you want to recognize, you vain person, that faith is useless without works?" (James 2:20)
"So you see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone" (James 2:24)

This may sound scandalous to some, but be careful: the whole Bible was written for us, but not everything was written to us. This is part of the whole process of 'cutting the word of truth in a straight line' (2 Timothy 2:15)

The Old Testament was written for all humanity, but directly to the Jews. There are teachings in the Old Testament that are not applicable to Christians.

The New Testament is a collection of 27 letters, or books, divided according to the target groups addressed.

The four Gospels speak in the language of the future, but at that time there was no church, no Christian, and no world mission.

The second part is the book of Acts. During this time the New Testament Church was born, people began to be saved, the gospel was preached, and churches were organized.

After the churches / congregations were founded, the letters came to the various congregations of the gentile world. The Pauline letters were written to the Gentiles who were ignorant of the Law of Moses.

The books of Peter, Hebrews, James, and Jude were primarily addressed to converted Jews who were already imbued with the Mosaic Law. The Mosaic Law emphasized works.

The Gospels refer to the escape on the Sabbath - but the restrictions of the Sabbath refer to Jews, not the church / congregations. For example, Peter is referring to the Mosaic Law regarding unclean animals (Acts 11: 8)

James compares grace to works toward people imbued with the Mosaic law from birth. James did not equate works with salvation, but with fruit.

Abraham was justified by the "work" of believing in God and not sacrificing Isaac. His faith was made 'perfect' by God's grace to provide another sacrifice.

Rahab was justified by the belief that if she would help the spies, they would spare her.

We are saved by believing that the blood of Jesus ‘is sufficient to cleanse us from all sins and that he has already kept his promises.

"You see that faith worked together with his works, and faith was perfected out of works" (James 2:22)

James does not equate works with salvation, he equates them with faith. I think we are all Christians here. I also assume that we have similar experiences (assumptions can be problematic, but I dare).

Is your belief sometimes stronger than at other times? I admit that it is like that with me. There are moments when I am ready to pour a bucket of ice water over Hell and there are times when I wonder how a bastard like me could ever be saved.

Think about it. Have you ever wavered in faith, even if only for a few moments? Think about the circumstances in which it was the case.

I bet you will find a connection between the strength of your faith and the 'works' that preoccupied you at the same time.

Salvation and faith are not the same. Sometimes we are more believers than at other times, but there is no time when we are more or less saved.

We tend to look at our life in moments - we see where we are in that moment and from that we draw the conclusion where we are with God. In a way, that's true because all we have is this moment.

But while we see our life in ‘moment cuts’, God exists outside of time and space. We can only see to the next horizon, God looks down on us as a whole. In doing so, God either sees the blood shed by Christ or not.

Our faith is demonstrated by our works, and our works play an important part in how believing we are, but salvation comes by grace by faith (and not by ourselves, so that no one should boast) - (Ephesians 2: 8-9)

There are those who say that the doctrine of eternal security is a license to sin. In fact, nobody needs a license to sin. Sin is what people do.

The simplest subject in Scripture, the one against which there are the fewest reservations, is the subject that man cannot live a sinless life by himself.

Man is incapable of doing good works.

"We have all become like an unclean one and all our righteousness like a tainted dress" (Isaiah 64: 5)

“The heart is deceptive, more than anything, and it is incurable. Who knows about him? "(Jeremiah 17: 9)

“All have deviated, they have all become unfit; there is no one who does good, there is not one "(Romans 3:12)

As Christians, we are called upon to live Christ-like lives because we are saved, not to be saved or to remain saved.

“But this man, after sacrificing forever for sins, sits down at God's right hand” (see Hebrews 10:12)

Don't let the enemy steal your victory. You are worth carrying the banner because it made you valuable.

"I am also confident that he who has begun a good work in you will finish it until the day of Christ Jesus"
(Philippians 1: 6)

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