Grace + Love = The Way

According to the text book, salvation is only available through the grace of God, and not through our works as many cults believe.  If works do not provide salvation, then what role do they play in the Christian life? Answer the question above as an apologetic. Provide evidence to support your claims.

The fundamental difference between the world’s major religions and Christianity is that in all the world people are seeking to get closer to God, but for Christians, God came to us. God, through the Spirit, comes to people in order to give salvation, but that isn’t all that the Spirit brings.  The Spirit brings the knowledge of the One who came to us in love. His love brought us grace, that which guarantees our salvation without need for works (Ephesians 2:8-10), but because of this love, we are compelled to do good things. 1 John 4:19 tells us that “We love because He first loved us.” With the God-given Spirit within us, He is working within us (Philippians 2:13), so that we will do the good that He has created for us (Ephesians 2:10), and providing for the poor and least of societies because they are surely Jesus in disguise (Isaiah 41:17; Matthew 25:45; 1 Timothy 6:18). We are compelled to do these things, not for fear of spiritual desertion or seeking flattery from men (Matthew 6:1-4), but because we know that it is right, and to stand by and do nothing would be a sin (James 4:17). As James said, “For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead” (James 2:26). While our salvation is an invitation and enveloping purely of the Spirit, what is the purpose of faith on earth if not to spread the love that He has given to those around us? This is why Jesus perplexes the Rich Young Ruler, he obviously had more than he needed (as we have an overflowing of the Spirit), and thus our excess should be given to the poor (economically and spiritually).  If God loves us so much that he can accept us as hypocrites, liars, thieves, adulterers, dead people—so much so that He gave His Son for our salvation and entrusts us with his bride, the Church—then we should be able to give to the poor what we can, to comfort those who are in pain, and be kind to everyone.

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