• Grace is one of the most abused topics by religious people today.

  • Romans 11:5-6

  • Ephesians 2:8-9

  • Acts 10:34-35

  • James 2:24

  • Saved:

    • Not by works
      • Excluded:

        • Sinlessness (I John 1:8-10)

        • Devising one’s own plan

        • Any man’s plan

    • By works
      • Included:
        • Faith that responds in works of obedience. Galatians 5:6

God’s offer

Boastful work

Man’s faith

Man’s obedience

Joshua 6

II Kings 5

John 9

Mark 16:16

I John 1:7

  • Was the blessing each received by the grace of God? Certainly so!
  • Did they receive the blessing while rejecting God’s plan? Certainly not!
  • Did they receive the blessing at the point of faith? Certainly not!
  • Did they receive the blessing when they, through faith, worked the works that God commanded? Certainly so!
  • Did this working obedience to God’s commands invalidate God’s grace or allow them to boast that they had merited the blessing? Certainly not.
  • After working all that God told them to do, was the blessing still received by God’s grace? Certainly so!