Grace & Faith

 

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Questions:

What is grace?

What is faith?

 

Romans 11:1-6 (NIV):

1 I ask then: Did God reject his people? By no means! I am
    an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of
    Benjamin.
2  God did not reject his people, whom he foreknew. Don't you know
    what the Scripture says in the passage about Elijah—how he
     appealed to God against Israel:
3  "Lord, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars;
    I am the only one left, and they are trying to kill me"?
4  And what was God's answer to him? "I have reserved for myself
     seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal."
5  So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace.
6  And if by grace, then it is no longer by works; if it were, grace
     would no longer be grace



Hebrews 11:1-24; 30-40 (NIV):     By Faith

 1  Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we
      do not see.
2  This is what the ancients were commended for.  
3  By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what
      is seen was not made out of what was visible.
4  By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was commended
    as a righteous man, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith he still speaks,
    even though he is dead.   
5  By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could
    not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was
    commended as one who pleased God.

6  And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him
    must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.  
7  By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save
    his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness
    that comes by faith.
8  By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his
     inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.
9 By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he
     lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.
10  For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder
       is God.   
11  By faith Abraham, even though he was past age—and Sarah herself was barren—was
      enabled to become a father because he considered him faithful who had made the
       promise.
12 And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as
       the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.  
13  All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the
       things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they
       admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth.
14  People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own.
15  If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had
      opportunity to return.
16  Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not
      ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.   
17  By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had
      received the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son,
18  even though God had said to him, "It is through Isaac that your offspring will be
      reckoned."
19  Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead, and figuratively speaking, he did
       receive Isaac back from death.
20  By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future.
21  By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph's sons, and worshiped as
       he leaned on the top of his staff.
22  By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from
       Egypt and gave instructions about his bones.
23  By faith Moses' parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw
        he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king's edict.
24  By faith Moses,

. . .

30  By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the people had marched around them for seven
      days.
31  By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with
      those who were disobedient.
32  And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak,
       Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets,
33  who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was
       promised; who shut the mouths of lions,
34  quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness
       was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign
       armies.
35  Women received back their dead, raised to life again. Others were tortured and
       refused to be released, so that they might gain a better resurrection.
36  Some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put in prison.
37  They were stoned; they were sawed in two; they were put to death by the sword. They
      went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated—
38  the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in
       caves and holes in the ground.
39  These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been
       promised.
40  God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be
       made perfect.

 

 

Questions:

What is grace from God?

What is faith in God?

 

 

References:

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