Now to him who works…wages are not counted as grace but as debt. Romans 4:4
Romans 4:4 is an incredibly significant doctrine and one that many born-again believers quickly forget. Many Christians comprehend that salvation is not something that can be earned and that it is a free gift from God that we receive by faith—at least initially. The mistake we often make is after we are saved; after we have freely received this gift of grace and buy into a false teaching.
By grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8)
God Owes Us Nothing
For whatever the reason, it is not unusual for the born again Christian to initiate works in order to earn God’s blessings. It’s often what’s being taught (the false prosperity gospel) and then erroneously enforced when we misinterpret the blessings the Lord bestows before, during, and after we work.
“I tithed, ” we might say, “and this is the reason God blessed me.”
That is wrong theology.
The Lord’s blessings do not cease or increase based upon any work we do. His blessings flow continually. Whether or not we are receiving them is based on positioning, not propositioning. We cannot approach our Lord and proclaim, “Ok Lord, I’ve prayed, I’ve fasted, I’ve poured through the Bible, and gone to church, now how are you going to bless me today?”
These are things that we get to do because it is our desire. If someone tells you that these are things you must do in order to gain or maintain your salvation, call him a liar and run away.
Tell him the truth. Tell him that to assume God owes us anything is likely the most ridiculous concept we could harbor, for God is a debtor to no man. Any work we do should be a gracious response to what the Lord has done, is doing, and will continue to do regardless of our efforts. It is that faithful model that keeps us close to the spout where His blessings pour out.
He brings the princes to nothing; He makes the judges of the earth useless. Scarcely shall they be planted, Scarcely shall they be sown, Scarcely shall their stock take root in the earth, When He will also blow on them, And they will wither, And the whirlwind will take them away like stubble. “To whom then will you liken Me, Or to whom shall I be equal?” says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high, And see who has created these things, Who brings out their host by number; He calls them all by name, By the greatness of His might And the strength of His power; Not one is missing. Why do you say, O Jacob, And speak, O Israel: “My way is hidden from the Lord, And my just claim is passed over by my God”? Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. Isaiah 40:23-28
- What do these passages say about God?
- What do they say about us?
- What should we consider doing?
These articles may (or may not) relate to this blog:
- Abraham’s Righteousness Apart from Works Romans 4:1-8 (thechristiangazette.wordpress.com)
- THE BLESSING is Empowerment (edandbethbarnesministries.wordpress.com)
- What Will Happen To Those Who Have Not Heard the Gospel? (marbaniang.wordpress.com)
- Prisoners of Hope: Expecting Promises Of the Lord While Waiting (inspirationalchristiansfortoday.com)
- The Blessings of Abraham (pttyann2.wordpress.com)
- Christians Must Bless Israel (oneway2day.wordpress.com)
- What About Those Blessings (ptl2010.com)
- A Promise is a Promise! (wisejunction.wordpress.com)
- Justification: How was Abraham saved? How was David saved? (selahfortoday.wordpress.com)
- Abraham’s Righteousness Was by Faith (loopyloo305.com)
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