Introduction Sola scriptura is arguably the most foundational point of disagreement underlying the nearly five-hundred year rift between Catholic and Protestant Christians. In this way, they argue, sola scriptura is largely responsible not only for the separation of Protestants from the Catholic Church, but also for the vast number of schisms between Protestants. The overall structure of our article is as follows.
Assurance of salvation is possible only if salvation is a work of God alone. How many works are necessary?
No one can answer the above questions. We have no information that will answer them. The Scriptures make it clear it is impossible for man to gain the approval of God and attain His righteousness by doing good works.
Only one righteous man has ever lived—Jesus Christ. Only His works satisfied God. Paul declared this fact in Romans: By what kind of law?
No, but by a law of faith. Surely this Scripture is the greatest statement of hope and comfort ever written. It declares divine righteousness is a gift—we cannot work for it.
It is for the one who does not work.
It is for the one who believes. No amount of good works can achieve this. It does not matter if you have all the good deeds of a Mother Teresa or an Albert Schweitzer.
The most important thing is to be saved and the second most important thing is to know it. The one who has trusted in Christ can be as certain he will be in heaven as Christ is. It is obeying God. It is believing what He has said.
Paul wrote the Ephesians, In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace Ephesians 1. It is a present possession of the believer.
Salvation does not begin when one dies. Salvation begins when one believes the gospel 1 Corinthians Paul wrote similar words to the Colossians: Again, notice the past tense. Rescued from the domain of darkness, transferred to the kingdom of His Son, redemption, and forgiveness are past actions which become present possessions of the believer.
They are not future hopes but actions God did in the past when one believed the gospel. In the same way, eternal life is a present possession for the believer Romans 5.
Eternal life does not begin when a believer dies. It begins when he believes. Those who put their trust in Christ have—not will have, but have eternal life. Can eternal life be lost? If you have eternal life, how long does eternal life last?
Further testimony to these truths are the following Scriptures: Donald Grey Barnhouse recounted the following story of assurance of salvation of an old Scottish lady: He was somewhat appalled at the apparent joy and certainty of the patient and began to counsel her to give diligence to make her calling and election sure.
She gave a testimony so clear that the young man was frightened and pressed her to go back and be less presumptuous with God. But if I should nae be in Heaven the guide Lord would lose His name and honor, for He has promised to save them to the uttermost that come to Him by Christ, and that is the way which I have come.
Once a person exercises faith in Christ and his work a new relationship begins. He becomes a child of God with direct access to Him.John Hydenius is a journalist living in Sweden.
He would love to tell you more about himself. If people found out who he was, though, he would lose all of his Swedish friends and probably end up on a list of enemies of the state. S alvation is a work of God.
1 More than that, salvation is solely a work of God. Assurance of salvation is possible only if salvation is a work of God alone. If salvation depended upon man’s ability, assurance of salvation .
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Vienna is the most fully enriched location, and seems to be in roughly the same situation as Oslo. Many thanks to Hermes for the translation from heartoftexashop.com According to Keith Mathison, over the last one hundred and fifty years Evangelicalism has replaced sola scriptura, according to which Scripture is the only infallible ecclesial authority, with solo scriptura, the notion that Scripture is the only ecclesial authority.
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