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  • dberrie2000
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    "true faith"

    Originally posted by Bonnie View Post
    A true faith LEADS to doing good works.
    If one does not do "good works"--is it still a "true faith"?

    A Lutheran posted this on another board. Could Bonnie or another Lutheran relate to us what the answer to my question is--regarding her statement?

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    closing old thread

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  • dberrie2000
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    Originally posted by BJ BEAR View Post
    The freely given promise to all in baptism is based upon the person and work of Christ rather than upon the merit or work of men, see Acts 2:33.
    Acts2:38 demonstrates God gives His salvational grace to them which repent and are water baptized:

    Acts 2:38-42--- King James Version (KJV)
    38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

    The grace of forgiveness of sins was given to each individual--and it was the individuals who made the choice to repent and be baptized--and were given God's grace of the forgiveness of sins.

    Forgiveness of sins is based upon the work of Jesus Christ--and is given to them which make the choice to repent and be water baptized.

    IOW--God gives His grace to them which obey and follow Him (faith in Jesus Christ)

    Hebrews 5:9--- King James Version (KJV)
    9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;

    Faith without works(obedience to the gospel doctrine) is nothing but dead faith.

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  • BJ BEAR
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    Originally posted by dberrie2000 View Post
    But the remission of sins is given to them which repent and are water baptized in the given text:
    The freely given promise to all in baptism is based upon the person and work of Christ rather than upon the merit or work of men, see Acts 2:33.

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  • dberrie2000
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    Originally posted by BJ BEAR View Post
    You've chosen a text that refutes your claim as a promise is freely given rather than merited,
    But the remission of sins is given to them which repent and are water baptized in the given text:

    Acts 2:38-42--- King James Version (KJV)
    38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

    That's God extending His grace to them which do His will.

    otherwise, it would be a wage rather than a promise.
    Matthew 20:1-15 King James Version (KJV)
    1 For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard.
    2 And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.
    3 And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace,
    4 And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way.
    5 Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise.
    6 And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle?
    7 They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive.
    8 So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first.
    9 And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny.
    10 But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny.
    11 And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house,
    12 Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day.
    13 But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny?
    14 Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee.
    15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good?

    John 4:36 ---King James Version (KJV)
    36 And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.



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  • BJ BEAR
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    Originally posted by dberrie2000 View Post

    Bump for Lutherans
    You've chosen a text that refutes your claim as a promise is freely given rather than merited, otherwise, it would be a wage rather than a promise.

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  • dberrie2000
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    Originally posted by dberrie2000 View Post
    Repentance and water baptism for the remission of sins was required of all nations.

    That still has repentance and water baptism for the remission of sins.

    That's one doing works in order to receive of God's grace.

    How does one fit that into faith alone theology?

    Acts 2:38-42--- King James Version (KJV)
    38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
    39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
    40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.
    41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
    42And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
    Bump for Lutherans

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  • dberrie2000
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    Originally posted by Thekla View Post
    These people were Jews.
    Repentance and water baptism for the remission of sins was required of all nations.

    They had faith in God. They were asked to repent of their sins and be baptized which was not a new thing for them. Remember John the Baptist baptized for the remission of sins prior to Jesus teaching. The difference after Christ's Resurection is that you receive the Holy Spirit and do not need to be baptized again.
    That still has repentance and water baptism for the remission of sins.

    That's one doing works in order to receive of God's grace.

    How does one fit that into faith alone theology?

    Acts 2:38-42--- King James Version (KJV)
    38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
    39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
    40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.
    41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
    42And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

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  • Thekla
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    Originally posted by dberrie2000 View Post

    Hi Nic:

    Yes. And that faith is a faith with obedience to Jesus Christ's commands, such as repentance and water baptism--for the remission of sins.

    I believe that is the gateway into the "strait" and "narrow" way which leadeth unto life.

    Matthew 7:13-14 ---King James Version (KJV)
    13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
    14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

    IOW--it's not eternal life, in and by itself--but what leads to eternal life, as there is further requirements still:

    Matthew 10:22--- King James Version (KJV)
    22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

    Or, IOW--we must continue to walk in the Light:

    1 John 1:7--- King James Version (KJV)
    7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

    Which is what we find here:

    Acts 2:38-42--- King James Version (KJV)
    38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
    39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
    40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.
    41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
    42And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

    How does one fit that into Lutheran theology? That has God extending His salvational grace to them which DO His works. The Lutherans preach first, one is saved through a faith without works, IE--that one cannot even obey until they are saved.
    These people were Jews. They had faith in God. They were asked to repent of their sins and be baptized which was not a new thing for them. Remember John the Baptist baptized for the remission of sins prior to Jesus teaching. The difference after Christ's Resurection is that you receive the Holy Spirit and do not need to be baptized again.

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  • dberrie2000
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    Originally posted by Nic View Post
    Hi DBerry, So in your theology faith in Christ precedes getting grace to be saved. Is that a fair summary on that specific point?
    Hi Nic:

    Yes. And that faith is a faith with obedience to Jesus Christ's commands, such as repentance and water baptism--for the remission of sins.

    I believe that is the gateway into the "strait" and "narrow" way which leadeth unto life.

    Matthew 7:13-14 ---King James Version (KJV)
    13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
    14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

    IOW--it's not eternal life, in and by itself--but what leads to eternal life, as there is further requirements still:

    Matthew 10:22--- King James Version (KJV)
    22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

    Or, IOW--we must continue to walk in the Light:

    1 John 1:7--- King James Version (KJV)
    7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

    Which is what we find here:

    Acts 2:38-42--- King James Version (KJV)
    38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
    39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
    40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.
    41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
    42And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

    How does one fit that into Lutheran theology? That has God extending His salvational grace to them which DO His works. The Lutherans preach first, one is saved through a faith without works, IE--that one cannot even obey until they are saved.

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  • Nic
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    Hi DBerry,
    So in your theology faith in Christ precedes getting grace to be saved. Is that a fair summary on that specific point?

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  • dberrie2000
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    Originally posted by Nic View Post
    DBerry,

    Do you believe that it is believers or unbelievers who obey God?
    Hi Nic--interesting question.

    I believe either a believer or an unbeliever can obey God---as in acts of obedience. For instance--I know agnostics which are true and faithful to their marriage covenant, or help the poor and needy, and love their fellow man.

    But only those who follow Jesus Christ through faith in Him--inherit His grace unto eternal life--that is a package deal, as I understand it. Jesus is the Redeemer, and has bought all men with a price--and has the right to set the conditions of eternal life.

    As a side----

    Nic--I don't find anywhere in the Bible where judgment is an all or nothing judgment. All who do not inherit eternal life--are damned, IE--they are cast off from His presence. That does not mean they are all damned to the same fate, but they are damned, as far as eternal life goes. They cannot enter into the presence of God, and stay.

    I believe the Bible teaches there are different degrees of glory in the hereafter--and all will be judged and rewarded accordingly.

    IOW--if one does not make an "A" in school--does not mean they fail completely. They may have to settle for a "B"--or a "C"--but not necessarily an "F". They are damned in the respect they will not receive the desserts of those who receive an "A"--but not in the fact they fall to the bottom.

    As the scriptures preach--there is no forgiveness for the sons of perdition--but all else can achieve some form of glory--if they will agree to accept Jesus Christ.

    That may reject Christ here--and agree to accept Him there--and be damned, and suffer for their own sins--but afterward---have what the Savior can do for them in some other form of glory--but not the Glory of Eternal Life.

    Jesus died for all men--and He will do what He can for them, but unless they follow Christ here, if they have the opportunity--then they will be damned to something other than Eternal Life--and not be able to return to His presence. But that does not mean He hasn't another mansion for them to dwell in, after they suffer for their own sins.

    I say this in reference to the peripheral of our discussion--so an expanded view might be possible.

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  • Nic
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    DBerry,
    Do you believe that it is believers or unbelievers who obey God?

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  • dberrie2000
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    Originally posted by Thekla View Post
    These are the Noahide Laws. They were for all of Noah's descendants.

    Genesis 9: 9 Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth. 2 The fear and dread of you will fall on all the beasts of the earth, and on all the birds in the sky, on every creature that moves along the ground, and on all the fish in the sea; they are given into your hands. 3 Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.

    4 “But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it. 5 And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each human being, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of another human being.6 “Whoever sheds human blood,
    by humans shall their blood be shed;
    for in the image of God
    has God made mankind.

    7 As for you, be fruitful and increase in number; multiply on the earth and increase upon it.”

    8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him: 9 “I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you 10 and with every living creature that was with you—the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you—every living creature on earth. 11 I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.”
    I'm not sure how--or what--you are connecting this to????

    When you read them you can see that they are the laws of most countries and religions. Many of the 10 Commandments are also part of most countries and religions laws. So people can keep many of God's laws without know God.

    The question for you then, if people who do not know God are keeping his commandments is it because they have faith in God. Does keeping these laws save them if they believe in some other God? Are they serving God if they keep these laws to please another God?
    Keeping the commandments is connected to faith in Jesus Christ--as a Christian doctrine. Those who live the commandments will be blessed for doing so--even if they are ignorant of Jesus Christ.

    But to inherit His grace unto life--one must have both Jesus Christ and His Father--which comes through living the doctrine of the gospel. They, IE--the gospel and the obeying the commandments--- are not independent of one another, nor independent of His grace unto eternal life.

    1 John 2:3-4--- King James Version (KJV)
    3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
    4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

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  • Thekla
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    These are the Noahide Laws. They were for all of Noah's descendants.

    Genesis 9: 9 Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth. 2 The fear and dread of you will fall on all the beasts of the earth, and on all the birds in the sky, on every creature that moves along the ground, and on all the fish in the sea; they are given into your hands. 3 Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.

    4 “But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it. 5 And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each human being, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of another human being.6 “Whoever sheds human blood,
    by humans shall their blood be shed;
    for in the image of God
    has God made mankind.

    7 As for you, be fruitful and increase in number; multiply on the earth and increase upon it.”

    8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him: 9 “I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you 10 and with every living creature that was with you—the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you—every living creature on earth. 11 I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.”


    When you read them you can see that they are the laws of most countries and religions. Many of the 10 Commandments are also part of most countries and religions laws. So people can keep many of God's laws without know God.

    The question for you then, if people who do not know God are keeping his commandments is it because they have faith in God. Does keeping these laws save them if they believe in some other God? Are they serving God if they keep these laws to please another God?

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