Thursday, January 10, 2013


Part H 

Salvation, the effect of regeneration by the Spirit and the Word, not by works but by grace through faith.

We firmly maintain the doctrine of justification by grace, for Christ’s sake because it is the chief doctrine of the Christian religion;58 it distinguishes the Christian religion from false religions, all of which teach salvation by works;59 this doctrine gives enduring comfort to penitent sinners;60 and this doctrine gives all glory to God.61

Both the Old and New Testament teach that a man is justified by faith alone.  True believers in the Old Testament were not saved because of their words but only because they trusted in the promised Messiah. 
Moses wrote that Abraham “believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness.”62 Paul elaborates upon this statement in Romans 4 and Galatians 3 and explains that even the Old Testament men were saved through faith alone.  Today only true Christians, and not Muslims, Jews and other non-Christians, worship the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob the only God who exists and grants eternal salvation to those who believe in Him.  Many of the Psalms emphasize that salvation is completely in God’s hands.  David wrote that “Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.”63

Habakkuk wrote that “the just shall live by faith.”64

The Apostle Paul wrote:  “For we conclude that a person is justified (declared righteous)by faith-apart from the works of the Law.”65

Paul wrote to the Ephesians:  “Yes, by His grace you are saved through faith.  It was not your doing; it is God’s gift.  It is not a result of anything you have done; and so no one may boast.”66

Jesus made it clear:  “For God loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son so that whoever believes in Him might not perish, but have everlasting life.”67

Man does not come to saving faith in Jesus Christ by himself.  By nature he is spiritually blind, dead and an enemy of God; and therefore by his own reason and strength cannot believe in Jesus Christ, or come to Him.68

It is the work of the Holy Spirit, who is true God, the third person in the Holy Trinity,69 to bring man to saving faith in Christ by imparting to him the blessings of redemption.70 The Holy Spirit converts man.  Man does not convert himself.71 Without the grace, help and activity of the Holy Spirit man is not capable of making himself acceptable to God, of fearing God and believing in God with his whole heart, or by expelling inborn lusts from his heart.72

58 Acts 10:43, Acts4:12.
59 Gai. 5:4,5.
60 Acts 16:30, 31, 34; Matt. 9:2.
61 Rev. 1:5,6.
62 Genesis 15:6.
63 Psalm 32:2.
64 Hab. 2:4.
65 Romans 3:28; Romans 5:1.
66 Ephesians 2:8,9.
67 John 3:16. See  "History, Christianity and Justification.”  “Otten, op. cit. pp. 24-26. CNE, 2525-2530. "The Doctrine of Justification, by Kurt Marquart, CNE. pp. 1105-1111. "After Four Centuries on Justification," Paul Bartz, CNE, p. 1111; "Pope Paul and Justification by Faith," CNE. p. 1112; "Who Insists Upon Justification By Faith Alone?" CNE. p. 1113; "Justification—The Meaning of Justification: A Word Study," Herman Otten, CNE. p. 1115-1117; "The 450th Anniversary of the Apology," Raymond Surburg. CNE.  pp. 1118-1121.
68 1 Cor. 2:14; Romans 8:7; Eph. 2:11. 9: 1 Cor. 12:1
69 Matt. 28:19; 1 Cor. 3:16; Acts 5,3,4; PS- 139:7-10; Heb.9:14; PS. 33:6; Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 4:14.
70 1 Cor. 6:11; 2 Tim 1:9; Rev. 22:17.
71 Jer. 31:18; John3:5,6; I Peter 2:9.
72 The Freedom of the Will, "The Augsburg Confession. Article XVIII.

1 comment:


    Have you ever noticed the parallels between Naaman's cure of his leprosy and faith only believers doctrine of forgiveness of sin?

    Naaman wanted his leprosy washed away, but he did not want to follow the plan of God's man, the prophet Elisa.

    Faith only believers want to have sins washed away, but they do not want to follow the plan of the man Jesus selected to implement that plan, the apostle Peter.

    2 Kings 5:10-11 Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, "Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh will be restored to you and you will be clean. 11 But Naaman was furious and went away and said, "Behold, I thought, 'He will surely come to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place and cure the leper'

    Naaman thought calling on the name of the Lord and waving of Elisha's hand would cure his leprosy. Naaman did not want to get wet. Naaman did not want to baptize himself seven times. Naaman thought "faith only" would cure his leprosy.

    Acts 2:37-38....what shall we do?" 38 Peter said to them, "Repent and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

    Faith only believers do not want to get wet. They do not want to be baptized for the forgiveness of sins. They want to call on the name of the Lord and say the "Sinner's Prayer."

    Naaman's servant convinced him to follow Elisha's plan.

    2 Kings 5:14 So he went down and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child and he was clean.

    Naaman's leprosy was not removed by faith only. Naaman's leprosy was removed and his flesh was restored only after he baptized himself seven times in the Jordan. Naaman did not sprinkle himself seven times in the Jordan . Naaman did not pour himself seven times in the Jordan. Naaman dipped (baptized) himself in the Jordan seven times. Naaman had faith in the God of the prophet Elisha, however, obedience was required in order to have his leprosy cured.

    UNDER THE NEW COVENANT faith is essential in order to have sins forgiven, however, obedience in water baptism is also required in order to have sins forgiven.


    Naaman did not say dipping in water had absolutely nothing to do with his being cleansed of leprosy.

    Naaman did not proclaim that his leprosy was cleansed the minute he believed God had the power to cure his leprosy.

    Naaman did not assert that dipping in the Jordan was an outward sign of his cure that had taken place before he entered the water.

    Naaman did not say he baptized himself because his leprosy had already been cured.

    Naaman did tell others that he baptized himself because Elisha command it, and it was just an act of obedience.

    Naaman did not proclaim that his leprosy was cured by faith only.

    Naaman did not say dipping in the Jordan was "a work of righteousness" and works cannot wash away leprosy.

    Naaman failed to assert that baptizing himself was a testimony of his faith, but was not essential to having his leprosy cured.

    QUESTION: Can "faith only" believers reject what God's man, the apostle Peter, said about repentance and water baptism and
    have their sins forgiven? (Acts 2:38, 1 Peter 3:21)