"...if anyone makes the assistance of grace depend on the humility or obedience of man and does not agree that it is a gift of grace itself that we are obedient and humble, he contradicts the Apostle who says, "What have you that you did not receive?" (1 Cor. 4:7), and, "But by the grace of God I am what I am" (1 Cor. 15:10). (Council of Orange: Canon 6)


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    Obedience Not in Order to Be Saved, But Because we are Saved

    We believe, follow, love and obey Christ, not in order to be regenerate/justified (a completed action by Christ), but BECAUSE we are regenerate/justified. These add nothing to Christ's redemptive work but are overflow from a regenerate/redeemed heart. They are FRUITS of our salvation, not the root. While indeed the Bible teaches that we must come to Christ in faith to be JUSTIFIED but it also teaches that "everyone who BELIEVES that Jesus is the Christ HAS BEEN (past tense continuing action) born of God [REGENERATED]." (1 John 5:1) Therefore, from regeneration springs faith and a new desire to follow and love Christ. (see 1 John 2:29, 3:9, 4:7, 5:4 for scriptural proof)

    Posted by John on October 28, 2013 04:59 PM

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