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Saved by Faith or Faith plus Works?

Will I be Saved by Faith or Faith plus Works?

The devil is a liar and has been deceiving people over the years, by convincing them that they cannot be saved by God's grace alone, but by their own good works, accompanied by Faith.

If it was possible for man to ever become perfect, Jesus need not have died on the cross, crushed and torn!

God knows that it is impossible for human beings to meet His high standards and live a perfect life that He wanted us to live.

Adam is our forefather who sinned against God and through him sin was imputed into the entire Human race. We were sinners even when we were born.

The Old Testament way of receiving forgiveness for sins, by offering a sacrifice of sheep was a shadow of the things to come. The Old Testament priests checked the perfection of the sacrificial lamb and not the sinner, and now, God sees His Perfect Son in us and does not consider our sins.

The commandments and the sacrificial system helped man realize that He is a sinner and is in desperate need of a Savior.

People in the old testament were also saved by the same way we are saved today, by believing in God and that He would send a Messiah who would save them.

Jesus explained that we are incapable of turning sinless on our own, and the rightful punishment that we deserve for our sins, in many passages, including the below.

Matthew 5:22 - But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

Mark 9:43-48 - And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: 

The above verses are not teaching Self-Righteousness, as often misunderstood.

We can never turn sinless, but we can sin less. The punishment for our sins is very severe and we cannot pay the penalty. Jesus paid it already. We can stand in front of God on the day of Judgement, only by wearing His Righteousness and not our own.

Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness’s are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

1 Corinthians 1:30- "But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption"

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