Not according to our works…

2 Tim 1.9

He [God] has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of His own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 10 but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” 2 Timothy 1:9

It is verses like the one above that causes me to pause and ponder…and causes the Word to prepare my heart for a great celebration. It allows me to know that God had purpose in it all, that He was not caught off guard, that He is all-knowing, and in control…the Sovreign God, always has been and always will be.

Did you catch it: Before the beginning of time, God knew that we would need grace and He gave it. Jesus came to reveal that grace!

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him was not any thing made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:1-4,14

When we look at 2 Timothy 1:9, we see the One, True and Living God as the One who has the power to save. The world’s refusal to accept that Jesus and Jesus alone is “The Way, The Truth, and The Life (John 14:6) makes it no less true. He is the One who creates, who delivers from sin, death, satan, and hell, who redeems, who justifies, who has the power to save and who so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. You shall call his name Jesus for he will save his people from their sins (Matthew 1:21).

The Father calling man into holy living through His Son who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.”

This grace was not because of our good works or anything that we have done or ever will do but was in fact, it “was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 10 but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.”

“He [God] saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit.(Titus 3:5).”

“Since the children have flesh and blood, He too shared in their humanity so that by His death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.(Hebrews 2:14)”

“O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”

56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:55-57)

Selah – Shout Now: Hallelujah, Thank You, Jesus!

John 1.14

To Know Jesus as Lord and Savior

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12 thoughts on “Not according to our works…

  1. Great post. Well, all your posts are great—and insightful. I specifically liked one of the verses. I should have used it in chapter 3 of my book: “This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,” Love it! I think I will write the verse in the margins. Again, thank you for posting your teachings for us to devour and apply to our lives.

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    1. To God be the glory! I will add this note to Chapter 3 of your book as well. It is certainly absolutely amazing that the Lord could love us so much…grace upon grace upon grace! I am humbled by your encouragement and thank God for the privilege of being His instrument in His Hand. May the Lord continue to bless and keep you, yours, and all you do His Name and cause!

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    1. Yes and this is what we obey: Romans 10:8-13, “8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); 9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” “testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 20:21).” Acts 2:36-38, “36 Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”

      37 Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” 40 And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” 41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.” Salvation, repentance and baptism of the Spirit are all by the grace of God. ” No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day (John 6:44).” “Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? 5 But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed (Romans 2:4-5).” “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing any should perish, but that all should reach repentance (2 Peter 3:9).” Because God has granted grace for repentance unto salvation results in love and obedience as we walk by faith. I hope this helps…BLESSINGS TODAY! Thanks much!

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