You Can't Buy Grace
Ephesians 8-9 "For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast."
It seems the concept of grace is misunderstood and corrupted by the religions of man. You will be hard press to find any religion that that does not add works to salvation. "Christian" religions like Jehovah Witness, The LDS, and even Roman Catholics add works to salvation, among other false doctrines, but what does the Bible say?
1 Corinthians 15:10 "But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.
Romans 3:24 "And are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus
James 4:6 ”But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
Romans 6:14 "For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.
2 Timothy 2:1 “You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus,
If someone were to give you a car worth 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 dollars as a free gift and say you can never pay me back, it’s a gift out of love, but you started giving that person pennies. When you start giving pennies it’s no longer a gift.
When Jesus died on the cross it wasn’t for fun. He did this so that we can be free and completely covered by His grace. “IT IS FINISHED!“ If we could earn our way in heaven Jesus’ death was in vain. To add works it basically saying “Jesus(God) was not enough and I(a sinner) can do better.”
WE ARE ALL SINNERS! ISN'T GOD ENOUGH?
So when we as Christians try to justify ourselves with “good” deeds we fall out of grace and we trying to earn our way into heaven. WE CANT! Why? Because we’re all sinners and Jesus is perfect, sinless and Lord. Period.
The good works we do are a reaction to the Grace of God. Only a cardinal mind would see grace as a license to sin. After all that Jesus has done how could we think that?
Isaiah 64:6 "But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
Jesus alone for our Salvation.
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