Why salvation is by grace and not by works

Posted: August 4, 2011 in Jesus Christ
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1 Cor 1: 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

 1 Cor 1: 18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

1 Cor 2: 14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know
[them], because they are spiritually discerned.

 1 Cor 1: 23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;

 Mans wisdom

 Now the natural man looks on all this and sees it as foolishness.  They don’t understand all this.  How can God who is omnipresent become finite?  How can a God who is Spirit become flesh and blood?   So they struggle in their own intellect and in their own wisdom to work it out.  In the end choosing not to believe because their wisdom and their intellect cannot grasp it.  But they fail to understand  the simplicity and the wisdom of God.

To the  Jews it was all ritualism, and the Greeks it  was through higher intellectualism.  Man in his pride and arrogance wants to be able to define God in boundaries they can understand. Mans wisdom wants to bring God down to his level rather than God trying to bring us up to his.

The way to God is through the door of humility that means you have to humble yourself to go through.  The proud look on and refuse to bow and therefore can’t enter.

John 3: 20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

Sadly for many they refuse to come because their deeds are wicked and therefore refuse to allow their sinfulness to be exposed for what it is.  They dont understand that in being exposed God is able to cleanse.

Gods Wisdom

 There lies the absolute simplicity of Gods salvation.  If salvation depended on strength then the strong would enter but the weak would not.  If salvation depended on being knowledgeable then the intelligent would get in and the illiterate would not.  If salvation depended on good works then the fit would get in and the invalid do not.  If salvation depended on riches then the rich would get in and the poor would not.  Salvation must take away my own resources so that I can depend on Gods resources; remove my dependence on me so that I am forced to depend on another.

Thus it makes it fair to all who will come.  From the foolish to the wise, the Jew and the gentile, they all have the same opportunity to come to God.

Jesus was Gods provision

God offered only one resource through which salvation would be offered.  He came in weakness as a child born in a manger.  He came as a man, overcoming temptation and affliction so that his life of purity and perfection would be held up as what a righteous life should be.  But more than that this prefect lived life would be exchanged for my sinful life so that I a sinner would stand in the righteousness of another.  So when God looks on me he sees that same life upon which he could say this is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased.  But there is more for in this resource Jesus becomes the second Adam. The failure of the first becomes the victory of the second.  The first Adam led to sin and defeat, the second to righteousness and victory.  Christ as the new Spiritual and physical head of a new redeemed mankind where he goes the redeemed go.  He conquered death we will conquered death.  He will dwell with the father so we will dwell with the father.  As the son is able to look on his father’s glory we will be able to look on his father’s glory.  In Christ the slate is made clean and forgiveness is achieved.  In the cross of Christ Justice was served and Gods love expressed and both were satisfied.

The way is now made free for man to enter back into a relationship with God.

Excuses

 Many will even argue that Jesus only came to show us the way, and is therefore only a signpost to the way.  A mere messenger or prophet on the journey that we must all take.  Whilst I would not argue that Jesus did indeed come to be a prophet (Matthew chapter 25)  He was also more than a mere prophet.  Whilst others will argue that Jesus was only the way for his generation.

The BIRTHRIGHT

 Abraham was promised a child through whom Gods promises were to be fulfilled.  Although Ishmael came first through an illegitimate relationship with Hagar, he was not the one through whom the birthright would be given.  God’s choice was Isaac.  Later on Esau and Jacob came along.  This time Jacob received the Birthright.  All the way down there was only to be one who receives the birthright to rule and reign.  Eventually we come to Christ.  In him is the birthright of Abraham Isaac and Jacob.  Christ is the legitimate heir to the promise.

Gal 3: 16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.

Gal 3: 29 And if ye [be] Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

There is only one who can have the right to this birthright.  He alone inherits what was promised to Abraham.  Now if you are in Christ then you two share in that birthright.  Not because of anything we do but because we are in Christ.

 John 1: 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, [even] to them that believe on his name:

 Rom 9: 8 That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these [are] not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.

Gal 4: 28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.

 This means only those who are part of that one seed, one birthright get to inherit the whole caboodle.
Now for many this goes way above some people’s heads.  Yet this was established on legal and moral precedence.   When  Abraham told Isaac that God will “provide himself” a lamb it was almost prophetic of what would be established hundreds of years later.  As you look through the OT in its types and shadows God was laying down every precept upon which Christ would come.  If anyone should have realised and anticipated Jesus arrival, it should have been the Jews.  While many did indeed see and realise, many also refuse to accept.

 He was also a LAW GIVER

John 14: 15 If ye love me, keep my commandments

 When many foolishly deny that Jesus was a law giver, I am custom to remind them about the beatitudes.

He was also a KING

John 18: 37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.

 John 18: 36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my
servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.

 He was the CHRIST

 Math 16: 20 Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ.

 John 4: 25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am [he].

 He was the Saviour

 John 4: 42 And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard [him] ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.

 He was God manifested in the flesh

 John 14: 23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

 John 5: 23 That all [men] should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth
not the Father which hath sent him.

John 20: 31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name

 

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