My read on the scriptures is that apart from the complete cleansing and forgiveness of sins that comes through Christs shed blood on the cross...nothing else is able to save us or keep us saved. We are blessed when we obey God. God is pleased when we follow Him and walk in His ways, but as Byblos points out it is not a two step process...because our steps adds nothing at all.Byblos wrote:In other words, God's grace is not sufficient to bring about salvation. It must be completed by 'our step' for it to be effective in the end. Is this about right?jenwat3 wrote:The start of salvation begins with accepting Jesus, yes, but our actions also speak for themselves, and in the end, that is what we will be judged by. In Revelation 20:12-13 "And I saw the dead, small and great standing before God, and books were opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to their works." Accepting Jesus is only the first step. We cannot truly say we have been saved if we turn our backs on Christ and do not live the way we should. And no, I am not saying that works alone are enough for salvation. It's a two-step process.
I don't believe that God saves and sanctifies us halfway and then expects us to do the rest. He saves us completely and desires us to serve Him with a grateful heart not out of obligation! Will we as His children be disciplined when we disobey Him, yes, but never cast out.