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“All things are of God, Who hath reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ.” “When we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son.” (II Corinthians 5:18 and Romans 5:10). One planteth and another watereth, “But God that giveth the increase.” (I Corinthians 3:7). “A man can receive nothing except it be given him from above.” (John 3:27).”According to God’s mercy, He saved us.” (Titus 3:5 to 8). “God, Who hath saved us and called us with an holy calling, not ACCORDING TO OUR WORKS, but according to His own purpose and grace.” (II Timothy 1 :9).
In II Thessalonians 2:13 and 14 we read one of the clearest and most definite statements of the way of salvation to be found in all of the Bible. Hear it: “God hath from the beginning chosen you to SALVATION through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth” …
“Whereunto He called you by our gospel to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.” God, by the Holy Spirit, saves the individual who believes the truth of Christ and Calvary.
“For God hath not appointed us to wrath but to obtain SALVATION by our Lord Jesus Christ.” (I Thessalonians 5 :9). “He that believeth on the Son of God hath everlasting life; and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (John 3:36). “For the wages of sin is death but the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23). In Hebrews 5:9 we read concerning Christ: “He became the Author of ETERNAL SALVATION unto all them that obey Him.” In Hebrews 9: 12 we read that Christ, by His own blood, entered into heaven, “having obtained ETERNAL REDEMPTION for us.” SALVATION is ETERNAL LIFE, which cannot be earned by good works or religious endeavors. God surely desires and expects faithful, obedient service, spiritual worship and practical Christian living from all who have been redeemed by His infinite .grace and by faith in the shed blood of His only begotten Son. But here is God’s order: “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. For we are His (GOD’S) WORKMANSHIP, created in Christ Jesus, UNTO GOOD WORKS, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:8 to 10).
There is a great difference between SALVATION “not OF good works” and SALVATION by grace “UNTO GOOD WORKS, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians. 2:8 to 10). There is a great difference between SALVATION “not OF good works” and rewards and crowns for good works. To those who have been saved, without good works, God’s Bible has this admonition: “Be careful to maintain good works.” (Titus 3:8).