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A thought

Man is not saved by faith or works alone (Ephesians 2:8-10).

What if one’s motivation is not salvation, but simply that faith and good work seem the only natural and right thing to do?

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Genderqueer artist, singer, musician, writer, tailor, mead-mazer and doll crafter living in Walthamstow, NE London. Periodically develop obsessions with various topics; currently it's Paganini, previously Ancient Greece and Alexander the Great, but also fascinated by Ancient Egypt and Romano-British culture. Christo-Pagan.

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  1. Dear Arkady,
    A friend here in Australia commented today that you were on their mind, and they had been praying for you (I put all my family on the church prayer list so they knew your name), so I thought I would check your blog.

    I saw from this entry that there seems to be a little confusion about faith and works. Ephesians 2:4-10 effectively says that God saved us from our trespasses — sins and wrong actions and attitudes — by His grace, by us believing in Jesus with faith that was given to us by God, not because we can work to earn anything from God but because he loves us. Verse 8-10 says, “For by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this is not of your own doing, it is the gift of God, not the result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.”

    After we accept Jesus Christ by faith and God’s grace, He has things for us to do because we love him, not so he will love us and let us into Heaven which is the reason most people do good things. If you feel it is natural to do good things that is a very good attitude to have but it doesn’t substitute for salvation.

    The point of salvation is to be free of the burden of sin that weighs us down until confessed and forgiven (forgiveness is another free gift from Jesus). Once we are joined with Christ we are effectively new people inside. This doesn’t mean we will never do any wrong things again but that Jesus is always with us and will keep our soul safe from the evil one who is always seeking to give us doubts and false beliefs about Jesus.

    Sometimes we can get confused because we haven’t had clear teaching about the Grace of God and the need for our souls to be set free of the attachment to evil brought about by the first humans’ choice to doubt God’s goodness and believe Lucifer’s lies. That choice has carried on into the present time. Our salvation is our deliverance out of the powers of darkness into the light of Jesus Christ so our souls can be free in Him – “the Way, the Truth and the Life” who is the true and living God.

    Our life as Christians should certainly be characterised by our devotion to helping others as an expression of our love for Jesus. After all He told his disciples that people would know that they followed him by how they loved each other.

    So keep on helping others and don’t forget that this is our natural expression of our gratitude to God for our salvation in Jesus and not a substitute for that salvation. We cannot do anything by our own efforts that will give us the benefits of salvation. We can only grasp hold of it and acknowledge it as a free gift from God that he wants us to have.

    I hope you will choose to accept that free gift without doubts and confusion.

    Love and blessings, Helen

    Posted by Helen | Monday, November 30, 2009, 5:09 pm

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