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And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32

Frequently Asked Question


Question:
"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." (Romans 5:1) I cannot see were you are getting works inserted in were faith is!

Answer:
You apparently are not reading the verses in James that say saving faith includes works of obedience. Repentance is a work of obedience that trust in God (faith) must produce. In the same way baptism, which saves because it washes away sins (1 Peter 3:21 and Acts 22:16), is the natural and necessary product of saving faith. We are not saved until we are baptized, and at the point of baptism faith saves (See Mark 16:16).

If a person is saved by faith alone, the demons will be saved because they believe and tremble (James 2:19). The cowardly Jewish rulers who would not confess Jesus for fear of being put out of the syngogue would be saved because they believed on him (See John 12:42).

Just think of faith as including obedience to the commands of Jesus. When Paul says being justified by faith (Rom. 5:1), he obviously is talking about saving faith. James says that saving faith produces works of obedience (James 2:14-26). Therefore Paul is saying that by a saving faith that causes us to obey God in everything we are justified. As I have pointed out it is at the point of baptism that our faith saves us. Jesus said, "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved" (Mark 16:16). If Jesus had said, He that believeth and is baptized shall receive a new Cadillac, would you understand that to get the car you would need to demonstrate your faith in baptism. You would not go to Jesus and say, I believe, give me the Cadillac and I will be baptized to show that I've got it. Please give this some serious thought -- He (that includes us all) that (1) believeth and is (2) baptized shall be (3) saved (Mark 16:16). The salvation comes after and not before the baptism. That is inescapable and is why I know that the saving faith of Romans 5:1 includes obedience to the Lord's command to be baptized to way away sins (Acts 22:16).

Thank you again for your comments. Jesus is Lord and will only save those who obey him.

Matt 7:21-27
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father who is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy by thy name, and by thy name cast out demons, and by thy name do many mighty works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
24 Every one therefore that heareth these words of mine, and doeth them, shall be likened unto a wise man, who built his house upon the rock:
25 and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and if fell not: for it was founded upon the rock.
26 And every one that heareth these words of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand:
27 and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and smote upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall thereof.


H. A. "Buster" Dobbs, email: had@worldnet.att.net
P. O. Box 690192
Houston, Texas 77269-0192
(281) 469-3540

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