Saved by Grace
“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Eph 2:8-9)
If we are saved by grace, then why do we have to struggle to enter the Kingdom of God? Isn’t that a work? No, for Paul wrote that we are saved by grace through faith, not just grace alone. And our struggle to be obedient to God is the evidence of our faith.
“And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who were disobedient? So we see that they were not able to enter because of unbelief.” (Heb 3:18-19)
We see here that faith and obedience are tied together. The Greek words used for disobedience and unbelief are “apeitheoô” which means to disbelieve, disobedient, obey not, unbelieving and “apistia” which means faithlessness, disbelief or unfaithfulness, disobedience, unbelief. They are often intermixed in the various Bible translations.
“Therefore, since it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly had good news preached to them failed to enter because of disobedience (Greek apeitheia).” (Heb 4:6)
“Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience (Greek apeitheia).” (Heb 4:11)
This same Greek word is used to describe the work of John the Baptist in Luke 1:17 where it says that he will turn “the disobedient (Greek apeithes) to the way of the righteous, so as to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”
Our challenge today is to keep faith and obedience together. Many preachers will talk about faith but not many will talk about obedience. Yet you can not have one without the other.