Sunday, January 4, 2009

Faith vs Works

Ever notice the ongoing theme of faith and trust in God contrasted with a renunciation of selfish works in the Bible?

I am amazed at how much of the Bible particularly the NT is dedicated to this very subject. If all of this instruction was only applicable to those Jews of old then why would God have it preserved in our Bible? And why would God say it over and over and over and over again by every author of the NT and in so many different ways? The law will not work for you!!! Only Faith in Christ will save!! God is trying to convey a very very important message. One that is timely and current. One that is very relevant to postmodern Pentecost.

Our Pentecostal Law doesn't have anything to do with eating or not eating scaled fish or observing Holydays...rather the law and bondage we serve is ourselves. Fleshly efforts. Everytime the NT talks about law we could easily insert the words *selfish efforts* and apply it. Legalism amongst Apostolics is common. Very common. God wasn't just talking to the Jews he was talking to me and you.

The New Testament is about “faith versus works” which states that through Christ we are saved “through grace alone,” not through keeping the law. I think we all have a bit of Pharisee in us particularly in Pentecost where we take separation and Holiness seriously. It is so hard to sort out and surrender our own motives to Him.
Relationship. A love relationship with Him is the answer anything else will produce rotten stinking flesh. Ephesians 2:8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God

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