Theologians throughout history have referred to this question as the "crux theologorum" "the cross of the theologians" because of the difficulty and from the Lutheran perspective, the impossibility of giving an answer to this question which is satisfactory to our human reason. Lutherans reject this answer as unscriptural because according to the Bible even man's will is "dead" and powerless to "choose" God and his grace in Christ.
We are saved not because we "choose" to be saved but because the Holy Spirit works faith in our heart through the Gospel even faith is a gift!
Others answer this question by pointing to God's sovereign will: God himself predestines from eternity some to be saved and others to be damned. Lutherans reject this answer as unscriptural because, according to the Bible, God sincerely desires all to be saved and has predestined no one to damnation. So how do Lutherans answer this question? The answer is that Lutherans do not try to answer it because we believe the Bible itself does not provide an answer to this question that is comprehensible to human reason.
Lutherans affirm, with Scripture, that whoever is saved is saved by God's grace alone, a grace so sure that it excludes all human "action" and "choice" but rather rests on the foundation of God's action in Christ and his "choice" predestination from before the beginning of time. Lutherans also affirm, with Scripture, that those who are damned are damned not by God's "choice" but on account of their own human sin and rebellion and unbelief. From a human perspective, there is no "rational" or "logical" way to put these two truths together. Lutherans believe and confess them not because they are "rational" and "logical," but because this is what we find taught in Scripture.
Given that he is saved by faith, does God see to it that he will do good works, and, if so, does God fix the number and character of these works? Can a person with faith feel assured he is doing enough good works and that God is indifferent to further ones? Can a person who is not saved do good works?
Is God indifferent to them? Or is He glad when an agnostic performs an act of Christ-like mercy? If a Christian knows he is saved by knowing that he has faith, should he bother with the question whether he is practicing Christ's teachings, given that faith alone is sufficient for salvation?
Or should he bother with it only because a large enough absence of good works would suggest his faith might be too weak for salvation? We need to be merciful and forgiving to one another. Also encourage one another to do good works Heb. Consider this Word to be the answer to your next two questions: "For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do" Eph.
The answer to the second part of this question is no, we cannot feel assured that we have done or are doing enough good works, since we do not know how many God has set for us to do. We don't know what God's plans are.
If God has prepared in advance the works we are to do, He cannot be indifferent to any of our good works. Again, we need to encourage one another to do good works. All our good works are tainted with sin. Therefore, they cannot be counted for our salvation. Only the perfect, all-sufficient righteousness Jesus accomplished for us with His perfect life will be enough for our salvation. This comes to us by grace, imputed to us through faith, faith being a gift of God Eph.
God recognizes the Christ-like good works of the unbeliever as good in the sense that they are done according to the divine Law written in their hearts Rom. However, since they come from a wicked heart that is dead in trespasses and sins Eph. In the Kingdom of God's power, the civil righteousness — the good works of unbelievers — are good only outwardly.
These are necessary for the welfare of human society, and God even rewards them with temporal blessings. But these good works of the unbelievers get them nowhere with God in His Kingdom of grace.
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Even works of civil righteousness will ultimately receive the condemnation of Jesus and will not prevent eternal punishment Matt. By grace, God has given him faith in Jesus, and it is through that faith he is saved. For example, Abraham believed God had faith, not just knew he had faith , and it was credited to him as righteousness Rom. Yes, the Christian should bother whether he is doing Christ's good works, even though he is saved by faith alone.
It is God's will and express command that a Christian should do good works, which the Holy Spirit works in him. Christ's good works are indicators that a Christian has Christ's faith and not something else. Christ's good works will be the products of that faith, and those good works will be the public signs on which Christ will pronounce His public final judgment Matthew Saving faith is not contingent upon the amount of works one does, but is a gift of the Holy Spirit through the Gospel.
Trust in Jesus above all for forgiveness and life eternal. Work while it is day before night comes when we cannot work, knowing God has given us a purpose and things to do for Him in this short life. But we do know God is all forgiving and that he died for all of our sins. To me, this sounds like double talk. On one hand we are not to sin, but on the other hand, we don't have to worry as long as we believe in our Lord Jesus Christ everything will be okay.
I don't think our Lord came down and taught for three years on how to be holy and lead good lives and then die on the cross so that we can do what we want. Don't we have to ask for forgiveness, be truly sorry and really try to amend our life in order to be saved? So go to him and ask him to explain further.
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Scripture teaches us to repent of our sins — to be truly sorry for them and trust in Christ for forgiveness, every time we sin. At the same time, we sincerely and earnestly resolve, by the assistance of God the Holy Spirit, to henceforth amend our sinful lives. We do not play around with this. But repenting thus does not mean we will never sin again. When we sin again, we go again in repentance and faith and resolve, and God forgives again. As we trust in Jesus' merits, God forgives and saves us.
In the end, it is unbelief — failure to trust in Jesus — that will condemn us to hell. Being saved does not depend on how hard we try to amend our sinful life, but as Paul said to the jailer in Philippi when he asked what he should do to be saved: "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved — you and your household. Then, being forgiven in Christ, we will be compelled by God's love to leave our sins and live as God wants us to live. Such warnings are intended for Christians who appear to be lacking a right understanding of the seriousness of their sin and of God's judgment against sin, and who, therefore, are in danger of developing a false and proud "security" based not on God's grace, but on their own works, self-righteousness, or freedom to "do as they please.
By the same token, the LCMS affirms and treasures all of the wonderful passages in Scripture in which God promises He will never forsake those who trust in Christ Jesus alone for salvation John ; Rom. To those who are truly repentant and recognize their need for God's grace and forgiveness, such passages are powerful reminders of the true security that is ours through sincere and humble faith in Christ alone for our salvation. A person may be restored to faith in the same way he or she came to faith in the first place — by repenting of his or her sin and unbelief and trusting completely in the life, death and resurrection of Christ alone for forgiveness and salvation.
Whenever a person does repent and believe, this always takes place by the grace of God alone and by the power of the Holy Spirit working through God's Word in a person's heart. If one is predestined to be adopted as a redeemed child of God, then does it follow that another is predestined to not be adopted and therefore damned? Like so many teachings of Scripture e. We believe it not because it "makes sense" to human reason, but because this is what we find taught in the pages of God's holy Word.
This is doubtless the best-known meal prayer among American Lutherans London, Komm, Herr Jesu! And bless what you have bestowed. It is likely that the text has an earlier, possibly Lutheran, origin. Louis, , 15th ed. Louis in This volume of Evangelical-Lutheran Prayer Treasures underwent numerous reprintings even as late as You may wish to read an article by David W.
Martin H. Scharlemann of our St. Louis seminary wrote an excellent article on the Descent into Hell , and in particular on 1 Peter , the key text for the teaching.
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