Mahoney wrote:Quote:If I may answer, works do not justify any man's faith. Works simply are a result of a person's faith. A true follower of Christ will show works as a result of faith. Where this gets tricky is that people can manifest works on their own without faith. The true test of faith are works that endure.Amen! This christian walk is like a marathon, it's not how we start but how we finish. "Better is the end of thing then the beginning thereof"
If I may answer, works do not justify any man's faith. Works simply are a result of a person's faith. A true follower of Christ will show works as a result of faith. Where this gets tricky is that people can manifest works on their own without faith. The true test of faith are works that endure.
If I may answer, works do not justify any man's faith. Works simply are a result of a person's faith. A true follower of Christ will show works as a result of faith. Where this gets tricky is that people can manifest works on their own without faith. The true test of faith are works that endure.Jesus said to His Disciples in John 15:16, "You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you." (NKJV)Anyone who does not continue in faith has not hope of heaven.
I think you may have read what Ron said about "justifying faith" wrong. Your 2nd sentence is what I understand to "faith that is justified by works" to mean. In other words, works declare that the faith is true.
When can I ever be assured that I have "true faith?" Only when I see that my works have continued until the end? I don't think I can know that until I die. That doesn't give one much assurance.
On the topic of justification, when you've put the nails to the wall in Christ's hand, he was put asunder and resurrected, that's it.The same is with sin, but woe unto you that take evil for good and good for evil, that holds an evil covetousnes to his house! (Prophetes)Let's look at the passage found in Hebrews 10, with much better greek and a pen that is graven in blood.36 For ye have need of patience, that after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.37 For yet a very little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry:38 But the just shall live by faith. And if he withdraw himself, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.39 We are not which with draw ourselves unto damnation, but pertain to faith, for to win our souls (Tyndale 1526)(faithofgod.net vsion)Hmm, damnation seems to something one would be stuck to, if thou readest Ezekiel 33 without a ravening tongued prophet wickedly causes you to forget your God, full of advoutry and covetous lucre. (Ezekiel 33:31)Ezekiel33:18 (OnlineBible1537TRC) When the righteous turneth from his righteousness, and doeth the thing that is wicked, he shall die therefore.19 But if the wicked turn from his wickedness, doing the thing that is lawful and right, he shall live therefore.20 Yet ye say: The way of the Lord is not equal. O ye house of Israel, I will judge every one of you after his ways.ANd for defense of the washing of sin and the once sacrfice of Iesus ChristHeb 7:27 Which needeth not daily (as yonder high priests) to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the peoples sins. For that did he at once for all, when he offered up himself:Amen to the liberal gospel of Paul, that is as hard, straight and difficult for the carnal to pass thorow. Understand, and become ghostly minded, let this minde be in you the which was in Christ Iesu. We eschew anyman that would rebuke us in this abundancePraise God the everlastynge Lord
_________________Terry L Merritt
Anyone who does not continue in faith has not hope of heaven.
philologos wrote:Quote:Anyone who does not continue in faith has not hope of heaven.This is the real point I think. If someone is justified by faith what happens to their justification if they no longer have faith?
TO me that is a foolish and unlearned question, did you not read Ezekiel 33?
Do you not understand Hebrews 6:4-7?
One of the things to consider as well is that from a Reformed/Calvinistic view, a man's faith is the result of the new birth, and thus a man that is truly born again will persevere with works showing his faith unto the end.On the other hand, the Arminian belief that man chooses God leads man to believe he must maintain his justification by works, because he initiated his faith and thus he must maintain it.The question that is most important in all of this is, was the sacrifice of Christ sufficient to justify? Historical Arminians say no, while Calvinists say absolutely. A man trying to justify himslef by his works robs Christ of His place as Saviour, and attempts to set up an idol of righteousness before God.And yet another point to be careful on is the mixing of justification and sanctification. A man is justified by faith, but sanctification is ongoing through his time in the flesh. We must not fall into the Roman Catholic idea of mixing justification and sanctification so that we say an unsanctified man is an unjustified man. That was one of the points the Reformers fought against, and it would be a shame to put that yoke back upon people.
Great question. My works will continue, not because I know that I have the strength to endure, but because I know Jesus and He knows me. I have met Jesus and it is Him who sustains me and will present me faultless and blameless before the throne. My assurance is not in myself and my works, my assurance is in Christ.
Maybe I should have said, "If the evidence of true faith is enduring to the end, can you know you haven't deceived yourself before the end?" Surely those that "departed from the faith" at least thought they were in. We both agree you have to endure to the end, but if it's true that is the proof of ever having real faith then I wouldn't think you could know until the end.