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.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?
If your faith is not proven by your works then your faith is dead.Is believing Faith a work ? Yes because its doing something, and consequently if a person must do something prior to God granting them Salvation, then its not to be considered Salvation by Grace, but the opposite, salvation by works. Thats to say, salvation is being rewarded based on something you did !
Is believing Faith a work? Yes
because its doing something,
and consequently if a person must do something prior to God granting them Salvation,
then its not to be considered Salvation by Grace, but the opposite, salvation by works. Thats to say, salvation is being rewarded based on something you did!
Nowhere in that passage does it say Faith/Believing isnt a work. Because believing is something a person does.The Bible makes is crystal clear that faith/belief is NOT a "work".
Rom 4:1-5 (AKJV/PCE)
(4:1) What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found? (4:2) For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath [whereof] to glory; but not before God. (4:3) For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. (4:4) Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. (4:5) But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
God contrasts faith and works in Rom 4 as was mentioned earlier. If God had said what you want to believe He would have said,
In a sense, believing is work. even changing one's mind takes work. If Bob Smith believes he cannot do all things through Christ... Philippians 4:13 and he is taught Philippians 4:13, it may take a great deal of mental work for him to break his old bad habit of defeat and inadequacy to start believing that he can.The answer is absolutely yes. If we agree with the overall definition of work according to the greek word for work ergon:
See strongs # 2041:
- business, employment, that which any one is occupied
- that which one undertakes to do, enterprise, undertaking
- any product whatever, any thing accomplished by hand, art, industry, or mind
- an act, deed, thing done: the idea of working is emphasised in opp. to that which is less than work
A work is anything done, accomplished by #1 hand, #2 art, #3 industry, #4 or MIND
The mind is :
(in a human or other conscious being) the element, part, substance, or process that reasons, thinks, feels, wills, perceives, judges, etc.
Psychology. the totality of conscious and unconscious mental processes and activities.
So believing something via the mental activity and process of reasoning is work. The process of decision making is a activity, work of the mind.
Now for instance, the sin of hatred Gal 5:19-20
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
How is that sin committed ? It starts in the mind or heart ! Yet in Vs 19 its stated as an work of the flesh
So activity in and with the mind/heart is a work, this cannot be denied..
Now believing is either a work of the flesh [unregenerate] or of the Spirit [ regenerated]
But now Salvation is not by works, Neither by works of the flesh or works of the Spirit.
If you believe that nobody gets saved by turning from sin and asking Jesus for forgiveness unless God makes him do that then you must also believe, with Calvin, that God has never had any desire to save those He foreordains to burn in hell for being divinely made to refuse to repent of their sins and seek His salvation. That assumption must ignore what God said about Himself that He does not have pleasure in the death of the wicked but that the wicked would turn from his sins and be saved.Absolutely !
It's only once a person has been Given a New Heart is he made able to perform the actions described here:
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. 37 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
Belief / Faith in Christ is the fruit of being Given a New Heart / New Birth Gal. 5:22.
John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.
Our salvation is certainly not based on our believing or works, it is based on the works of Jesus Christ who did the works God told him to do.If we condition Salvation/Justification based on our faith or believing, as some say of God in eternal election and foreknowledge, that God did see beforehand who would believe on Him, and Justified them based upon that, then that means God Justified us based upon some foreseen grace or goodness in us, which totally does away with being Justified freely by His Grace Rom 3:24
24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
Thats what makes faith/believing a meritorious work !