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Not of Works

And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.

Psalm 143:2

As stated above, to make the gospels different, one for Jews and one of Gentiles, you have to add to or diminish from the gosple Paul preached.

1 Corinthians 15:1-8 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you,… 3For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: 5And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: 6After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. 7After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. 8And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.

It is supposed by the advocates of Grace Theology that when he was seen of Paul after being seen of all the rest that he told Paul something different than he told the others.

Paul sets out his gospel so there is nothing that can be taken away from it. You are left with adding to it to create a Jewish gospel and as stated above there is nothing to add except an element of works. Grace Theology is taught by some that salvation prior to, Old Testament, and after the times of the Gentiles, the tribulation, was and will include an element of works.

Two things, however, it is a universal precept of Scripture that God will not accept any man’s righteousness, no man’s works. The second, the Bible is clear on works, that it nullifies grace and faith. That is, there is no element of works, it is either salvation by works or salvation by grace through faith, the only two religions in the world. You cannot mix them.

Romans 11:5-6 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. 6And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.

Psalms 143:1-2in thy sight shall no man living be justified.

Not by works is a universal precept of God’s word,2 “in thy sight shall no man living be justified,” if by grace, then is it no more of works.” How is it then that Grace Theology says Old Testament and Tribulation saints are saved by faith and works?

It is also disturbing that Grace Theology claims to be adhering to Paul’s writings while it appears that they ignor half of what Paul says. They will not deny that salvation is by God’s grace but reject the fact that Paul tell us that grace and works are mutually exclusive, one cannot exist with the other.

Romans 11:6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works:.. if it be of works, then is it no more grace:

Take note that Paul is speaking of the Jews when he says this.

Romans 11:1 I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.

Salvation at any time, pre-crucifixion, post-crucifixion, tribulation, is by grace through faith, not of works. Noah and Abraham being examples to show it is a universal precept of God’s word and not a Pauline mystery. This is not difficult to explain. If salvation included any works to achieve anyone obtaining it would be glorifying himself, not God.

Ephesians 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

1 Corinthians 1:29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.

We are here to glorify God, not boast ourselves.

Not of works” is a universal biblical precept, not just a church age, dispensational, or Pauline, teaching. Eternal salvation is never by works, alone or in concert with grace. Any teaching to the contrary is not biblical, not Christian doctrine. Unless this precept is accepted you will error in the formation of doctrine and teachings as those teaching Grace Theology have.3

Romans 4:14 For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect:

A major stumbling block to their thinking is misinterpreting biblical works. The Bible defines works as the keeping of God’s law, as given by moses, to establish your own self-righteousness. Whether you are a Jew and have the law or a gentile without the law it is the same.

Romans 2:13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.

Just doing what God told you to do is not the works of the law but the trial of your faith. Noah building the Ark was not a work of obeying the law, it was an act of faith, “it is of faith, that it might be by grace.”

Genesis 6:8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

Abraham sacrificing his son was not a work of obeying the law, it was a trial of his faith.

1 Peter 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:…

Hebrews 11:17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,…

Being told to do something by God is not the same as doing the works of the law given by God to Moses. Being baptized for the remission of sins is not a work of the law, not a work period. It was a witness of the faith put in God’s word that was being preached. It was also God’s judgment and a snare on those that would not put their faith in his word.

Mark 11:30-32 The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men? answer me. 31And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say, Why then did ye not believe him? 32But if we shall say, Of men; they feared the people: for all men counted John, that he was a prophet indeed.

Baptism is not a work. If someone had just followed the group and had been baptized by John, would they have received remission of sins?No. John’s baptism was not only not a work it was not salvation.

Acts 19:4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.

If by grace, then is it no more of works,” “it is of faith, that it might be by grace,” if it is by grace there is no element of works. It is either works or grace and God will not accept any man’s works. He will accept the faith that provoked and caused the works.

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him:…

Romans 4:16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace;…

Romans 11:6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works:.. if it be of works, then is it no more grace

Hebrews chapter eleven is filled with the examples of Old Testament saints and their faith toward God, “it is of faith, that it might be by grace:” It is their faith that found them grace in God’s eyes, not their works.

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