Barnabas, “son of consolation” (Acts 4:36)., a person Luke described as “a good man” (11:24), was chosen and sent by the Jerusalem church to investigate the mixed congregation of Jews and Gentiles in Syrian Antioch.
Jesus once asked his disciples, “Whom do men say that I the Son of man am” (Matt 16:13)? Who was Jesus anyway? Most people of His day viewed Him as some sort of prophet (John
Most of us live hurried lives. We are hard pressed at work, at home, and at church to accomplish more than a twenty-four hour day seems to allow. The demands are overwhelming. In fact, full
“The old objection against the doctrine of salvation by grace,” “that it does away with the necessity of good works, and lowers” “the sense of their importance (Rom. 6), although it has been” “answered a thousand times, is still alleged by many. They say if” “men are not saved by works, then works are not necessary. If the” most moral of men are saved in the same way as the very chief of “sinners, then good works are of no moment. And more than this,” if the grace of God is most clearly displayed in the salvation “of the vilest of men, then the worse men are the better.” “The objection has no validity. The gospel of salvation by grace “shows that good works are necessary. It is true, unchangeably” “true, that without holiness no man shall see the Lord. “Neither” “adulterers, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards” shall” inherit the kingdom of God. “Works are “good” only when, (1) they spring from the principle of love to God. The moral character of an act is determined by the moral principle that prompts it. Faith and love in the heart are the essential elements of all true obedience. Hence good “works only spring from a believing heart, can only be wrought by” one reconciled to God (Eph. 2:10; James 2:18:22). (2.) Good works have the glory of God as their object; and (3) they have the revealed will of God as their only rule (Deut. 12:32; Rev. “22:18, 19).” “Good works are an expression of gratitude in the believer’s “heart (John 14:15, 23; Gal. 5:6). They are the fruits of the” “Spirit (Titus 2:10-12), and thus spring from grace, which they” illustrate and strengthen in the heart. “Good works of the most sincere believers are all imperfect, yet like their persons they are accepted through the mediation of “Jesus Christ (Col. 3:17), and so are rewarded; they have no” “merit intrinsically, but are rewarded wholly of grace.”
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