Faith is the ONLY way into the New covenant
The New Covenant rests upon the death of the one who made it, Jesus. Covenants
can be conditional or unconditional. The new covenant is different from the old
in that it requires faith, and it is unconditional. The old covenant was
conditional and had laws/works involved for one to receive a blessing.
To repeat a
prayer which has become a religious tradition. One has 4 steps to go through and
say certain words…What about faith? God looks at the heart to see if one truly
believes the words they heard concerning the gospel (faith comes from hearing
the word of God). I need, we all need
to believe he died for MY sins.
Even If we pray
the right words; without genuine faith present it is only a religious exercise. God
is looking for faith.
If you are
saved by the gospel you rest, it is those who are still trying to gain God’s
favor that are compelled to work for salvation. So they want to dot all the I’s
and cross the T’s. So the gospel which is of grace needs to be explained to
those who are in these religious systems that have them in bondage to works.
Over and over
the Bible makes the point there is nothing in man or anything man can do to
inherit salvation. Its origin is found in God who saved us through Christs work.
Gal. 3:22: “that
the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.”
Not to those who work, but have faith.
who would be justified by the law (obedience and works) you have fallen away
from grace.” You must keep this law of the 10 or 613 laws of Moses is not
gaining them salvation but preventing them from salvation.
Phil. 3:9: “And
be found in him, not having my own
righteousness, which is of the law (by works), but that through faith in
Christ, the righteousness which is of God by
to him that works the wages are not counted as grace, but as debt. But to him
that works not, but believes on
him that justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness.”
If you work for
salvation God calls it a debt, grace came through Jesus Christ and what he did.
He did all the work needed. Paul further states in Rom.11:6 If
it is by works then it is not by grace. In
other words if you add even the smallest commandment to the gospel(1
Cor.15:1-4) you have missed the point of grace.
“And if by
grace then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. but if
it is by works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work.”
It is either
works or grace through faith, it can't be both. These are two different
covenants, two completely different systems. The new covenant is not an improved
The Savior is a
person; God in the flesh, it is His work that one must believe in, in order to
be justified (legally declared righteous before God, which results in receiving
the Spirit of life).
We are NOT
justified before God from the works WE DO, not matter how good or impressive.
God requires faith. And that faith is in His Son and Hhis work.