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Saved by Grace...Justified by Faith

There are several religious sects around today who strongly insist that salvation in "Christ Jesus" is found only by faith in "Jesus Christ."

To start with, His real and correct name is Yahushua, and He is the Anointed (Christ) of our Eloah, whose name is Yahuwah.

If what they mean is that we cannot be saved without having faith in Yahushua they are absolutely correct. Faith that Yahushua is the only begotten and risen Son of Yahuwah is the first and most important step in attaining to salvation through the grace of Yahuwah. Without this faith in Yahushua, nothing else matters. It is when their belief slips over into meaning that faith alone saves with absolutely no other requirement that they are in serious error. The only single thing that saves absolutely is the grace of Yahuwah, and this grace is given only to those who obey Him. By obeying Him, they meet His conditions for entrance into the body of Yahushua.

Some of these sects preach and teach that if you believe (have faith) that "Jesus is the Christ," then you are saved. (Sometimes they'll also tell you, but won't be able to show you in the Scripture, that you have to pray a "Sinner's Prayer" to show "God" that you really mean it.) This is a long way from the truth, and will lead you into the outer darkness. The devils (demons, or unclean spirits) believe, nay, they KNOW that Yahushua is the Anointed and sometimes even confess His name, yet they are not and cannot be saved. Salvation comes from obedience to the will of Yahuwah. IF you are obedient to Him He will shed forth His grace upon you and you will be saved. No other way.

Grace is the free gift of Yahuwah. It is literally an unearned or unmerited gift from Him to those who are obedient to Him. (See Yahuchanan [John] 14:15.)

WORKS AND SALVATION
As children of Yahuwah, we DO have to work, but not in order to GAIN or RETAIN salvation. The works will come BECAUSE we are saved and not because we want to be or because we want to stay that way. You cannot earn your way into the kingdom of Yahuwah by your works and your works will not keep you in the kingdom of Yahuwah but you will be judged according to your works in the last day (See also Revelation 2:2, 5, 9, 13, 19, 23, 26, 3:1,2, 8, 15, 9:20, 14:13, and 21:27)

FAITH AND SALVATION
These folks in Luke were very blessed to have been incarnate at the same time as our Sovereign Yahushua. They were still under the Law of Mosheh and faith of that time required of them different actions than those required of us (See Ibriym [Hebrews] 11). Their faith still shone forth as the faith of Yahuwah.

These verses say it all.

FAITH - SYNONYMS AND ANTONYMS
There are six different definitions found in the American Heritage Dictionary for the word faith. Each of these meanings, however, is strongly related to every other definition given. So strongly related in fact that for all practical purposes, they are all interchangeable in ordinary conversation. They still mean faith as it is expressed in the Scripture. They are given so you will have something of Modern English to compare what you thought of as FAITH to its modern definitions.

FAITH, SCRIPTURE, AND DEFINITIONS

The word faith appears in the Greek Scripture 245 times in 229 verses. With the exception of the very few renderings in the phrase "of little faith" the rendering is from the Greek word pistis. Pistis is the noun and literally means faith. Pistyoo'o is the verb and it means to have faith (in, upon, or with respect to, a person or thing). If you have pistis (faith), you will pitsyoo'o (exercise faith). This word is rendered as believe, as in Yahushua's saying, "Believe (have faith) in me." Pistis was also rendered as assurance, belief, believe, and fidelity. In the passages where it was rendered as these other words, the word faith would have been a better choice for the context of the passage.

These words are all negatives of pistis.

Understanding what faith is, and what it is not, is very important if you have the desire to be one of Yahuwah's children. You must have this faith, faith in Yahushua the Anointed as the Master and Savior, as the only begotten Son of Yahuwah, if you are going to become one of His adopted sons. Without faith, you can not enter the Kingdom of Yahuwah.


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C.F. Castleberry
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