Jude 1:21 – “keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.” Clearly Jude is revealing that we have responsibility. We are not to only sit back and wait for God to pour into us. We are to actively pursue God and God will continue to pour into us. Jeremiah 29:13 “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Just as we have responsibility to respond to the grace of God and accept this free gift (John 1:12, Acts 16:31), we have responsibility to stay in grace and grow in knowledge. We have responsibility to “keep ourselves in God’s love.”
2 Peter 3:14-18 “Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; 15 and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, 16 as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures. 17 You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; 18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.”
Since we know that God does not say anything without purpose, why would the Lord tell us to be diligent, to put forth any effort, unless we have a responsibility in our relationship with God? Why would the Lord tell us to beware of falling and being led away by the error of the wicked unless we have a responsibility in our relationship with God? Why would we be told to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ unless we have a responsibility in our relationship with God? Why are we told in John 15:9-10 that we must remain in the love of Jesus and that we must keep His commands unless we have a responsibility in our relationship with God? (“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love”)
It is absolutely, unarguably true that we are saved only by grace. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
James 2:17,26 teaches us that without works, our faith is dead. A gift offered to us is not ours until we accept the gift. Yes, Jesus died for our sins and for the sins of the world (1 John 2:2) and we are saved only by faith in Him and His work, but salvation is not applied to the whole world, but only to those who repent and receive the free gift from Jesus. Those who receive His grace must make the effort to receive. So we see that we do have responsibility in our relationship with God. In 2 Peter 3:14-18 we are told to diligent, to be wary lest we fall into wickedness, we are told to put forth an effort the grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In John 15:9-10 are told for us to keep ourselves in the love of Jesus and for us to be sure to keep His commands. James tells us that faith without works is dead. Without continuing to elaborate, God clearly shows us that He expects us to respond to what He has done for us, and to keep responding. Again let us not forget that we are saved not by anything we have done, and we are kept not by anything we do, but we know that part of the mystery of our salvation is that while we are not saved by works we must make an effort. To be succinct, let’s agree all that all we do to respond to God are gifts from God and so even the required response to His grace are gifts from God. He is the one who has equipped us. (2 Peter 1:3) Therefore everything that we do is a gift and power that God has given us so we take no credit. Called by God, saved by grace, but God has given us responsibilities. Still, it is only by grace that we are saved. Our God is incredible! Praise God!
Psalm 150:6 – Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!
Micah 7:7 – But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.
Micah 6:8 – He has shown You, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of You but to do justly, to love mercy, And to walk humbly with Your God.
Numbers 6:24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you; 25 the Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you; 26 the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.”This entry was posted in Devotion and tagged Ephesians, James, John, Jude, Micah, Numbers, Peter, Psalm by Bob with