FOR Us and Then IN Us

In this week’s Creekstone message, I will be teaching on the role of “works” in the life of a Christian from Romans 2:6-11, which appears to put works ahead of grace. However, Ephesians 2:8-10 says, 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” This helpful passage reveals the relationship of grace, faith and works. What we discover is that, first, God works FOR us (grace secured by Jesus). Then he works IN us (creating faith and fruit by the power of the Holy Spirit).  In other words, grace justifies and then goes on to sanctify. Therefore, our works are not the means of our salvation, but the evidence of our salvation. We are saved by the works of Jesus. With this grid we can read passages like Romans 2:6-11 in a gospel context. Okay, gotta run. Much more to come on Sunday… 

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