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God’s commands must be reconciled through the lens of verses that are in tension.

The Bible fits together like a puzzle.

Quick Quote – Source – Jeff Hilles

A Biblical Christian worldview perspective – If one believes God wrote the Bible, (penned by man), then those areas that seem to be in disagreement have to be reconciled, as God does not make mistakes. The believer can’t just grab the verses we like and ignore the ones we don’t. Consider the following verses….

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

James 2:14, 17 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?… So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

Ephesians rejects works as a basis for salvation while James makes it clear that works or deeds is necessary for salvation. How can both verses be correct? The answer is that salvation is exclusively based on God’s grace and our faith. However, to love God is to follow His commands once we are saved, as demonstrated by our works or changed behavior. James was pointing out that good works are an outcome, not a prerequisite for salvation.

AuthorJeff Hilles | BCWorldview.org 

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