Weekly Message

Weekly Message for Mahanaim College (17th December-21st December 2018)

Dr. Ha Tae Hyun, Ph.D. The Principal, Mahanaim Educational Institute

Topic:By grace you have been saved through faith.

 Scripture: 2 Timothy 1:9.

‘Who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began,’

From the bible, we clearly see two kinds of people who seek to receive salvation. First, those people who try to receive salvation by works meaning that they focus on their works which is impossible. From the bible, such include the Pharisees, Scribes, lawyers among others. They all did not receive salvation. The second group is of people who receive salvation by grace and they do not focus on neither their works nor themselves but depend on the grace of God. Examples from the bible are, Abraham, David, Paul and Peter etc. They all received salvation as evidenced by the bible.

From Romans 4:1-8 the bible clearly shows us that Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Yes, Abraham committed sins since he was a human being such as, he lied to Pharaoh and Abimelech that Sarah was not his wife but his sister. However, since He had faith in God, he was justified. David equally committed sins before God like committing adultery, killing his soldiers, he made lies, but through faith and grace in God, he received salvation. The bible says, ‘just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works:’ (Romans 4:6) Indeed the bible says, ‘Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, And whose sins are covered; Blessed is the man to whom the LORD shall not impute sin’ (Romans 4:7-8).

From the New Testament, there was a dispute about whether people should be saved by grace or by works which we clearly see in Acts 15:1-11. This is because certain men came down from Judea and taught the brethren that, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.” therefore, when Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and dispute with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas and certain others of them should go up to Jerusalem (which was like a center for the highest authority of decision making) to the apostles and the elders about this question. Their decision and interpretation about the dispute concerning salvation was important because, through it all the world would follow, hence ‘Now the apostles and the elders came together to consider this matter’ (Acts 15:6)

And when there had been much dispute, Peter rose up and said to them: “Men and brethren, you know that a good while ago God chose among us, that by mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe. So God, who knows the heart, acknowledged them by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He did to us, and made no distinction between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith”(Acts 15:7-9). Peter finalizes by stating that, ‘But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved in the same manner as they’

Apostle Paul had clear faith of salvation and Peter proclaimed it exactly that salvation is by grace of Jesus Christ.

The important question is, have you received salvation by works or by grace?

People who seek salvation by works and by grace

By works (focus on myself) By grace (focus on God)
Pharisees Abraham
Scribes David
Lawyers Paul
Nicodemus Peter
 By works «—On which side will your name be written? —» By grace

In conclusion, ‘Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law’ (Romans 3:28) Amen.