"...lest any man should boast"

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  1. bmerr

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    To All,

    bmerr here. I'm sure all are aware of the text referred to in the title of this thread - Eph 2:8-9. Just for the record, here it is:

    For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

    Now some may say, "We've been over all this before! Give it a rest!" That's fine. Nobody has to respond if they don't want to.

    But lately I've been thinking about something that was brought to my attention. Many teach form this passage that Paul rejects works of any kind as having a part in the salvation of man. But the works Paul here condemns are works of which one could boast.

    Matt 7:21-23 comes to mind, where the religious lost are turned away at the Judgement. Notice their words,

    "Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy7 name done many wonderful works?"

    These folks are boasting of their works done in their religion. The works they did did not save them, nor were they evidence that they were saved. It is possible (and quite common) for lost people to seem religious and do good things. Doubtless they fool others as well as themselves.

    In contrast, let's look at those mentioned in Luke 17:10, where it is written,

    "So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do."

    These had done all things commanded them, and yet they were not boastful. When one obeys God's commands, he has nothing of which to boast. It's God's plan, not his.

    You see, a good master knows what his servants are doing. They do not have to bring their deeds to his attention. With this in mind, let me say that Jesus Christ is a Good Master. He knoweth them that are His.

    Your thoughts and comments are appreciated.

    In Christ,

    bmerr
     
  2. Rev. Lowery

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    bmerr, Brother I have something to say


    AMEN and PRAISE THE LORD.
    You hit the nail on the head.
    You go ahead and you do what God lays on your heart tell us brother.
    The word is truth and in it no lies can be found.

    Rev. Jerry D. Lowery
     
  3. bmerr

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    Mr. Lowery,

    Thank you for the kind words, but God did not "lay" anything "on my heart". The Bible commands us to reprove the unfuitful works of darkness (Eph 5:11), and that the Scriptures are profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness (2 Tim 3:16).

    I am merely doing that which is my duty to do.

    In Christ,

    bmerr

    P.S. I do appreciate the attaboy, though.
     
  4. webdog

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    To claim that the works being boasted of in Ephesians 2 as works done in their religion is pure eisegesis. Works are works, period. Grace plus works equals "no grace". We are saved by God's grace...through our faith in Him. Period. Works...any kind of works...play no role whatsoever in our justification.
     
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    The text says "For we have been created for Good works ... which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them"

    In fact we are commanded NOT to walk in sin -- Same book same message to the same church.

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    Ephesians 4
    1 Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called,
    2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love,
    3 being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

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