Is believing/faith a work ?

beloved57

Well-known member
If we say that God wont save an individual unless that individual accepts Christ or accepts Gods Grace, thats nothing short of promoting salvation by works, or salvation conditioned on what a person does, their act. See salvation is solely by Grace, its given and its received by the ones its given to by Grace. Grace isnt an offer, it sovereignly makes one alive Eph 2:5

5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened[made alive] us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved)

A person doesnt need to accept whether or not God will make them alive or not. The dead lazarus wasn't offered to be made alive by Christ, he had no decision to make, it was Christs will alone and His Fathers that they may be glorified Jn 11:4

When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.

Hence those who say that Grace must be accepted in order for God to save you, are making the final condition for salvation contingent on what a person does, its nothing but good old mans religion motivated by the spiritually dead carnal mind. Its salvation by works !
 

Arial

Member
No! Absolutely not!

Ephesians 2:8-9 New International Version (NIV)

8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.

You are out of context! The author says we are saved by grace through faith, not of works. If it is not of works, how can faith be a work?
It says that this faith is a gift of God. Given by God, not originating in our mind. It is the choice to believe, as many say they do, and this choice is what causes them to reborn, that is the work---not the faith. Choosing is a work. Being born again, then becomes the work that generates the work of being reborn. In which case both choosing and being reborn are a work of man, not God.
 
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