Saved By Grace Through Faith? (Part 3)

   This is the third article in our series “Saved by grace through faith.”  Earlier, we learned that grace is the unmerited favor of God toward mankind.  However, we also learned that even though it is unmerited and is available to all mankind, we still have to reach out and accept grace through something we call faith.  We then defined the Greek word “Pistis” that is translated into our English word faith.  We found that faith is trusting God, obeying the commands He gives to us, and to submit our will to His will.  We used the letters T.O.S. (trust, obey, submit) to help us remember these three critical concepts.  The Greek dictionary pointed out that the original meaning of faith: “stands in contrast to our normal usage of the word faith which generally consists of a mental opinion or view held without the necessary reference to its proof.”  In other words, faith is actually more objective in its original meaning then the subjective feeling that it has become to some.  

   Next, we asked, if we are to submit to and obey God, what is it that God wants us to obey?  II Thessalonians 1:8 gave us the answer, “He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.”  Also, in a previous article we learned that the Greek word “Evangelion” is translated into the English word gospel and means: “A messag ...

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