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Bible Study Lesson 30

God's Master Plan Of Salvation - Supplementary Topics
 
 A.  Why God Set Apart Men To Serve Him
 B.  God Call And Draw People Into Fellowship With Christ
 C.  The Gate That The Servants Of God Must Enter
 D.  Man Is Helpless Outside The Body Of Christ 
 E
.  Christ Will Only Answer For The Sins Of His Body
 F.  Faith With Works Is Needed To Enter The Body

       

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 30F.   Faith With Works Is Needed To Enter The Body Of Christ

 

God calls people to Christ through the preaching of the Gospel (Topic-24F)  If a man wants to be saved, he must hear and study the words of God about salvation—that is the Gospel of Christ. The Gospel is the power of God to salvation for those who believe. Man must accept the gospel and believe in it with all his heart, and only then faith set-in. (Topic-02C)  But, faith alone is not enough in order to be saved. Man must also perform the works demanded by Christ.

30F.1   What does the Holy Scripture say about these people who merely contend in pronouncing their faith in Christ Jesus yet perform no works demanded by Christ?

Apostle James has this to say in James 2:14:

What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works?  Can faith save him? (NKJV)

Unprofitable or useless, indeed, is faith without works. 

30F.2   How did Apostle James further illustrate the conditions of faith without works?

In James 2:17,  the Apostle states:

Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.  (NKJV)

The same verse in another Bible:

So you see, it isn't enough just to have faith. Faith that doesn't show itself by good deeds is no faith at all-it is dead and useless. (NLT)

Faith is considered dead or useless if it does not have works.

30F.3   What must accompany faith so as to be of value or worth?

In James 2:22,  Apostle James further explains:

"Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect." (NKJV)

Faith attain a level of perfection through works. Through the accompaniment of works faith becomes perfect.

30F.4   What work should a man have with his faith so that he maybe saved?

In John 10:9, the Lord's command is clearly written:

I am the door, If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, . . . . (NKJV)

Our Lord Jesus Christ commands us to "enter by Him" in order to be saved.
"Entering in the door" is definitely an action to be done to attain salvation!

How then can a man enter by Christ as the door in order to be saved?

In I Corinthians 12:27, Apostle Paul declares:

Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. (NKJV)

To enter by Christ, man must become a member of the body of Christ — the true Church of Christ.

This is the work that is required (of course by those who have faith in Him) to be done in order to be save. Because, by becoming a member of His Body — the Church, Christ can answer for his sins and be forgiven by God, thus attaining salvation on the day of Judgment.

But, many still refuse to enter Christ's church and argue that they can be saved by just accepting Christ without the church.  They profess faith or belief in Jesus.  They assert that they are the followers or adherents of Christ. In short, they merely believe in Christ but refuse to find and enter Christ's Body or Christ's Church.

Who were those who followed Christ's commands?

Jesus said to the people* who believed in him, "You are truly my disciples if you keep obeying my teachings. (John 8:3, NLT)

Who were those who said "I know Him" but refused to follow His commandments?

He who says, "I know Him,'' and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. (1 John 2:4, NKJV)

As Christ's disciples, man is obligated to obey his commandments.  Otherwise, he will be called a liar because the truth is not in him.

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Faith must have works in order to be saved. Faith without works is dead, but with works it is made perfect.  In order to be save, Christ's command anyone to enter by Him, as the door of the flock, and this is by becoming a member of the true Church of Christ. As faithful disciples of Christ, He should follow His commandments in order to be saved.

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