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  • #16
    Originally posted by Obsidian View Post
    Submitting to God's authority is works.
    I have never understood the autistic interpretation of 'works'. It seems to equate 'works' with any act, so that repenting itself is a work.
    Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Hornet View Post
      Obeying God is a characteristic of a Christian, but the Christian's obedience is not what actually saves him or her. When God saves a person, God changes that person so that he or she will obey God, but that changed life is not the basis upon which God declares that person righteous.
      Yes and no, repentance is calling people to obedience, thus Paul can speak of those who "obey the gospel" (2 Th. 1:8).

      Blessings,
      Lee
      "What I pray of you is, to keep your eye upon Him, for that is everything. Do you say, 'How am I to keep my eye on Him?' I reply, keep your eye off everything else, and you will soon see Him. All depends on the eye of faith being kept on Him. How simple it is!" (J.B. Stoney)

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      • #18
        Originally posted by lee_merrill View Post
        Yes and no, repentance is calling people to obedience, thus Paul can speak of those who "obey the gospel" (2 Th. 1:8).

        Blessings,
        Lee
        Faith in Christ is what receives eternal life. There are other commandments of God that people are supposed to obey, but faith in Christ is what receives eternal life.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Hornet View Post
          Faith in Christ is what receives eternal life. There are other commandments of God that people are supposed to obey, but faith in Christ is what receives eternal life.
          Well, repentance and faith, right? (Mark 1:15) And repentance and faith is our first act of obedience.

          Blessings,
          Lee
          "What I pray of you is, to keep your eye upon Him, for that is everything. Do you say, 'How am I to keep my eye on Him?' I reply, keep your eye off everything else, and you will soon see Him. All depends on the eye of faith being kept on Him. How simple it is!" (J.B. Stoney)

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          • #20
            Originally posted by lee_merrill View Post
            Well, repentance and faith, right? (Mark 1:15) And repentance and faith is our first act of obedience.

            Blessings,
            Lee
            Faith is the instrument of receiving justification and repentance accompanies it.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Hornet View Post
              Faith is the instrument of receiving justification and repentance accompanies it.
              Agreed, and faith and repentance are acts of obedience, I would insist...

              Blessings,
              Lee
              "What I pray of you is, to keep your eye upon Him, for that is everything. Do you say, 'How am I to keep my eye on Him?' I reply, keep your eye off everything else, and you will soon see Him. All depends on the eye of faith being kept on Him. How simple it is!" (J.B. Stoney)

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