The Marks of Grace
Isaiah 55:1-7 This evening, we consider this question: If it is so plain in Scripture that our works are the best evidence that we are saved, then why are there so many theologians and pastors today who deny this and teach that works aren’t necessary?
John 14:21 This evening, we consider one more argument that works provide the best evidence that one is converted, namely that works are the outcome of every grace the Spirit produces in our hearts.
Matthew 25:31-46 We reflect on another argument given by Jonathan Edwards to show the importance of good works: it is on the basis of our works that the final judgment will be conducted and our eternal destinies determined.
James 2:22 Tonight we look at another reason that good works are the best evidence of a true faith. Since God saves us for good works, these works are the goal of our faith, and they complete our faith.
Proverbs 4:23 This evening, we begin to look at a series of arguments Jonathan Edwards uses to prove that our actions are the best of all the evidences we can give that we have saving faith.
1 John 2:3-6 We consider Jonathan Edwards’ final point regarding religious affections: not only will others know we are genuine believers by our works, but we will know it as well.
Matthew 7:16-20 We review the teaching concerning works that Jonathan Edwards derived from Scriptures such as the following verse: Jesus said, “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35).
Ephesians 2:10 We examine Edwards’ point that saving grace or holy love will produce good works. Edwards is very thorough so that no one will have an excuse to reject this truth, since it is so vital to a sound assurance of a sound salvation.
Matthew 10:22 We consider the third fruit of holy love: that we will persevere in obedience to the end of our lives, no matter what trials and difficulties we may have to face. This follows from the fact that this holy love in our souls will never be fully extinguished
Matthew 11:12 We consider the biblical teaching advanced by Jonathan Edwards that a true believer will lead a life in which the glory of God is the highest desire and priority.
1 John 3:1-10 This evening, we consider the fact that if you have genuine grace in your heart from the Spirit of God, you will live a life of universal obedience, seeking to do all that God commands and avoid all that He prohibits.
Matthew 5:6 We consider the difference between true and false grace in terms of the sense of hunger for spiritual things that it produces in true believers.