The largest segment of the organized Christendom, The Roman Catholic Church, has long opposed the Bible teaching for this age of the Gentiles, that ‘salvation is by grace, through faith alone.’ Rather, she teaches that it is by grace, through faith PLUS certain required good works [rites and rituals].
Forgiveness Under Grace Today
Some three thousand years ago, and about one thousand years before Christ, the Psalmist said:
3 If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? 4 But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared. Psalm 130:3-4 (KJV)
Perhaps you at one time pondered “the gift of God” of Ephesians 2:8-9, asking is the gift to be understood as being… salvation, or is it grace, or is it faith?
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is THE GIFT OF GOD: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9 KJV)
A 5-Part Study concerning; How the Grace Believer Lives in both Total Aceptance by God based upon Christ's cross-work and practical daily living in righteousness and victory over the Sin-nature still resident in his flesh body (Rom. 8:3, 7:17-18, 24).
Every sincere child of God should take to heart the Apostle Paul’s reprimand of the believers at Galatia when he writes: “O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey (Gk. peitho, rely upon) the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?” (Gal. 3:1). They forgot the truth they had learned from Paul concerning the meaning of the cross-work of Christ on their behalf.
It’s difficult, if not impossible, to determine what Galatian believers thought taking the rite of circumcision would accomplish for them spiritually after having begun in the Spirit by faith. I doubt that they knew themselves.
Some you state this as though it is meritorious. “I believe in God” is quite general and thus can be understood in more ways than one. What do you mean you “believe in God?” The standard way to take that is that you believe God exists. Such a claim is all well and good, and while you are close to the truth, it is too basic and not an adequate basis for faith. Your position is deceptive, as it provides a false sense of security. After all, there are myriads of gods in the world.
Have we been grafted into Israel? Is that what Romans 11:16-24 teaches?
As always, we look at the Bible and let it interpret itself. We should not have a denomination or religious tradition to promote. We should have a Person to exalt, and the Lord Jesus Christ is magnified when His Word is studied and believed no matter whom it contradicts!
It’s a mistake to think there are different ways for men to be men saved. There’s but one Biblical way to be saved, it has been so through all ages. It’s a mistake to think there are different ways for men to be men saved. There's but one Biblical way to be saved, it has been so through all ages.
The “Law” simply identified and exposed sin (Rom. 7:7). The Law could never make one righteous or produce the good fruits of righteousness. The Laws of God on Stone have no life to give. The Law was meant to frustrate and push convicted, humbled, sincere people to find Salvation by another means… by faith in the Cross-work of Jesus Christ.