What the Bible says about light and seed

The True Light "In him, (the Lord Jesus) was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world,…the world didn’t recognize him." John 1:4,9.

The Good Seed and the Weeds “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seeds in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. Matthew 13:24,25.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Grace Alone Or Grace Plus Works?

Grace Alone Or Grace Plus Works?
By Jack Kelley

Q. What if you believe that salvation is by grace through faith alone in Christ alone but something or someone like satan keeps putting the thought in your mind that you need to do more? In other words you know what you believe but you wrestle with grace plus works. How does someone that was raised believing you had to be good and added grace to it change their heart to believe that its grace alone? I know what I believe now but its still hard because I still struggle.

A. The main difference between Grace alone and Grace plus works is the motive behind our behavior. Grace alone believers are motivated by the Holy Spirit to do good things as He directs and empowers us as a way of demonstrating our gratitude for what we’ve been given.

John wrote that it’s our compassion for those who are suffering that shows the love of God in us, and urged us to love with action and in truth not just with spoken or written word. He said that’s what sets our heart at rest whenever our heart condemns us (1 John 3:17-20). This is an example of the Holy Spirit prompting us to express our gratitude through good deeds.

Grace plus works believers are motivated to do good things by the internal desire to complete or maintain the salvation process for fear of losing what we’ve been given. Ultimately salvation becomes more dependent on the believer’s works than the Lord’s grace because Satan uses fear and uncertainty to persuade us that we’re not doing enough.

Both are givers, but only one is relying solely on the Lord’s completed work as the assurance of salvation. You can tell which of these motivators is active in your case by determining if it’s your compassion toward others or your fear for yourself that prompts your behavior. If it’s compassion, follow the prompting of the Holy Spirit and you’ll feel at peace. If it’s fear, James 4:7 tells us to resist the devil and he will flee from us. Reminding yourself of all the grace alone verses will help you resist.

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