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.)

  • Acts 15:11 But we believe that through the grace of the Master Yahushua the Anointed we shall be saved, even as they.

  • Ephesios (Ephesians) 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, has quickened us together with the Anointed, (by grace you are saved). . .

  • Ephesios 2:8 For by grace you are saved through faith and that not of yourselves. It is the gift of Yahuwah.

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)

  • 1 Korinthios (Corinthians) 3:15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss but he himself shall be saved, yet so as by fire.

  • 2 Timotheos (Timothy) 1:9 Who has saved us and called us with a calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace that was given us in the Anointed Yahushua before the world began,

  • Titos (Titus) 3:5 Not by works of righteousness that we have done but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Spirit . . .

  • Ya'aqob (James) 2:14 What does it profit, my brothers, though a man say he has faith and does not have works? Can faith save him?

  • Revelation 20:12-13 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before Yahuwah. And the books were opened and another book was opened, which is the Book of Life, and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. {13} And the sea gave up the dead which were in it and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them and they were judged every man according to their works.

  • Revelation 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly and My reward is with me to give every man according as his work shall be.

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.

  • Loukas (Luke) 7:50 And He said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you. Go in peace."

  • Loukas 18:42 And Yahushua said to him, "Receive your sight. Your faith has saved you."

These verses say it all.

  • Ephesios 2:8 For by grace are you saved through faith and that not of yourselves. It is the gift of Yahuwah.

  • Ya'aqob 2:14 What does it profit, my brothers, though a man say he has faith, and does not have works? Can faith save him?

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.

    1. (n.) A condition in which one is free from doubt:

    Synonyms - certainty, assurance, assuredness, certitude, confidence, conviction, sureness, surety, positiveness, conclusiveness, belief, trust, presumption.)

    Antonyms - uncertainty, unsureness, skepticism, doubt.

    2. (n.) Something one believes or accepts as true:

    Synonyms - conviction, belief, feeling, mind, opinion, persuasion, sentiment, view, tenet, creed, doctrine.

    3. (n.) Certainty in another's trustworthiness:

    Synonyms - trust, belief, confidence, reliance, credence, certitude, conviction, dependence.

    Antonyms - mistrust, doubt, disbelief

    4. (n.) A religious belief or set of beliefs:

    Synonyms - doctrine, conviction, credo, creed, dogma, gospel, precept, teaching, tenet, theology.

    5. (n.) A system of belief, principles, or opinions:

    Synonyms - creed, dogma, religion, philosophy, doctrine, credo, canons, gospel.

    6. (n.) Acceptance as true or valid:

    Synonyms - credence, belief, credit, trust, confidence, assurance, reliance, certitude.

FAITH, SCRIPTURE, AND DEFINITIONS

    Ibriy (Hebrew)
  • H529. 'emuwn, ay-moon'; from H539; established, i.e. (fig.) trusty; also (abstractly.) trustworthiness:--faith (-ful), truth.

  • H530. 'emuwnah, em-oo-naw'; or (short.) 'emunah, em-oo-naw'; fem. of H529; lit. firmness; fig. security; mor. fidelity:--faith (-ful, -ly, -ness, [man]), set office, stability, steady, truly, truth, verily.

  • Dabariym (Deuteronomy) 32:20 And He said, "I will hide My face from them, I will see what their end shall be, for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith."

    Chabaqquwq (Habakkuk) 2:4 Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him, but the just shall live by his faith.

    Greek
    Every time Yahushua fussed at people for not having faith, the Greek word written was oligopistos, and it was rendered as the phrase "of little faith."

  • G3640. oligopistos, ol-ig-op'-is-tos; from G3641 and G4102; incredulous, i.e. lacking confidence (in Mashiach):--of little faith.

    MattithYahuw (Matthew) 6:30 Wherefore, if Yahuwah so clothe the grass of the field, which today is and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

    MattithYahuw 8:26 And he said to them, Why are you fearful, O you of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.

    MattithYahuw 14:31 And immediately Yahushua stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said to him, O you of little faith, why did you doubt?

    MattithYahuw 16:8 Which when Yahushua perceived, he said to them, O you of little faith, why reason you among yourselves, because you have brought no bread?

    Loukas (Luke) 12:28 If then Yahuwah so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith?

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.

  • G4102. pistis, pis'-tis; from G3982; persuasion, i.e. credence; mor. conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of Yahuwah or a religious teacher), espec. reliance upon Mashiach for salvation; abstractly. constancy in such profession; by extension. the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself:--assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity.

  • Rhomaios (Romans) 1:17 For in this is the righteousness of Yahuwah revealed from faith to faith. As it is written, "The just shall live by faith." ("As it is written" is from Chabaqquwq 2:4)

    Acts 17:31 Because He has appointed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness by that Man whom He has ordained, whereof He has given assurance (faith) to all men in that He has raised Him from the dead.

    2 Thessalonikeos (Thessalonians) 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks always to Yahuwah for you, brothers beloved of the Master, because Yahuwah has from the beginning chose you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth (faith in the truth).

    1 Timotheos 4:3 Forbidding to marry and commanding to abstain from meats which Yahuwah has created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe (have faith) and know the truth.

    1 Timotheos 4:10 For therefore we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living Eloah who is the Savior of all men, specially of those that believe (have faith).

    Ibriym (Hebrews) 10:39 But we are not of them who draw back to perdition but of them that believe (have faith) to the saving of the soul.

    Titos 2:10 Not purloining but showing all good fidelity (faith) that they may adorn the doctrine of Yahuwah our Savior in all things.

These words are all negatives of pistis.

  • G569. apisteo, ap-is-teh'-o; from G571; to be unbelieving, i.e. (trans.) disbelieve, or (by implication) disobey:--believe not.

  • G544. apeitheo, ap-i-theh'-o; from G545; to disbelieve (willfully and perversely):--not believe, disobedient, obey not, unbelieving.

  • G571. apistos, ap'-is-tos; from G1 (as a negative particle) and G4103; (actually) disbelieving, i.e. without Christian faith (specifically a heathen); (passively) untrustworthy (person), or incredible (thing):--that believeth not, faithless, incredible thing, infidel, unbeliever (-ing).

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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