Good Works – A Requirement for Salvation


Works and Grace

Ephesians 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,
Ephesians 2:5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
Ephesians 2:6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
Ephesians 2:7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,
Ephesians 2:9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

Romans 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

Paul is wrapping up what he has been harping on the Jews and subsequently anyone that wants to boast because they keep the law and think that it makes them righteous. In fact it defines them as sinners as we saw in the previous verse and Paul expounds a little more here

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Making the Case for Who Killed Christ

Who was responsible?  Jews (all, few, leaders), Pontius Pilate, Roman soldiers or just the final Roman Soldier?

Let’s make a case

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Coming Completely Out of Sin

Removing All Leavening

We begin with a big task ahead of us.  It’s easy to get most of it out of our homes but it’s not easy to get all of it out.

Deleavening means to remove leaven from your home.  We do this physically as a practice while we remove sin from our lives like hidden sins and ones we are blind to.

We all have sins and imperfections that we are not aware of at this very moment.  God gives us time.  We continue for seven days.  Seven is the number of completion and perfection.

He wants to completely remove sin from our lives (leaven of hypocrisy, malice, wickedness and corruption) as we go onto perfection

Today I would like to talk about how we can do that.

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God’s Deliverence

Leviticus 23:4 ‘These are the feasts of the LORD, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at their appointed times.
Leviticus 23:5 On the fourteenth day of the first month at twilight is the LORD’s Passover.
Leviticus 23:6 And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the LORD; seven days you must eat unleavened bread.
Leviticus 23:7 On the first day you shall have a holy convocation; you shall do no customary work on it.
Leviticus 23:8 But you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD for seven days. The seventh day shall be a holy convocation; you shall do no customary work on it.‘ ” [Holy Day]

Why do we keep these days?  There are many reasons

We are going to focus on one today and dig a little deeper

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