Faith–the door and the duty

Re: Verse reading–Proverbs 3:5-6; Galatians 2:15-21; Ephesians 2:8-10 (day seven)
“The life that I now live I live by faith in the Son of God.”  (Galatians 2:20)  We are saved by faith.  Sola Fides. “Abraham believed God and it was counted to him as righteousness.”  (Genesis 15)  “Not by works so that no one can boast”, says Ephesians 2:9.  This must never suggest, however, that work is permanently be out of the equation.  Jesus is the door.  Narnia-like, we trust Him and walk into a new world.  But Jesus is also the Lord.  Once in this new world, we, believers, apply ourselves to every assignment, every attitude that requires change.  Faith is the comprehensive word that describes both activities.  Notice the juxtaposition in Ephesians 2?  Salvation is not the WORK of any man.  We are God’s WORKmanship.  We are, nevertheless, made for good WORKS.  The same faith that leads us to the door and through the door teaches us the duty of hard and grateful effort.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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