Christian Catechism – The Work of Grace in the Believer

The Work of Grace in the Believer

What is the true way to salvation?
Faith in Jesus Christ our Saviour, and his shed blood. –John 20: 31, Matt. 16: 16-17, Rom. 3: 25.
Doeth faith merit salvation?
No: but faith apprehends the merits of Christ, whereby we obtain salvation and eternal life. – John 3: 36.
What is true faith?
It is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. – Heb. 11: 1.
What does true faith require?
Cordial repentance or contrition; that we become convinced of our depravity, and repent thereof – Mark 1: 15, Rom. 7: 14.
Is a believer changed in heart?
Yes: he is converted from the error of his way unto Christ, the shepherd and bishop of our souls. – James 5:20I Peter 2:25Luke 15:17-19
What is the change of heart called in the New Testament?
It is called Regeneration – a New Creation. – John 3: 3, Gal. 6: 15, Tit. 3: 5.
Who produces, or effects regeneration in us?
God himself effects regeneration in us, by his word and spirit, if we are obedient. – 1 Pet. 1: 3, James 1: 17, John 3: 5.
Must every Christian needs be born again?
Yes: for without regeneration, none can see the kingdom of God. – John 3: 3-5.
Does regeneration produce a godly life?
Yes: whosoever is born of God, does not commit sin. – 1 John 3: 9.
Can we not, of our own strength, avoid sin, and do good?
No: for Christ says: Without me, ye can do nothing. – John 15: 5,
Is then a holy conduct in life alone from Christ and his grace?
Yes, for Christ is made of God unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption. – 1 Cor. 1: 30.
What is justification?
It is the righteousness of Christ imputed to the penitent sinner, by faith. – Rom, 4: 5, 2 Cor. 5:21.
Is then a sinner justified by grace?
Yes: we are justified without any merits, by his grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. – Rom. 3: 24.
What does justification avail us?
That we have peace with God, are his children and are free from the service of sin, and are to be sanctified. – Rom. 5: 1, Chap. 8: 16, John 8: 16.
What is sanctification?
To be sanctified is to be freed from the dominion of sin, and to persevere in well-doing – Rom. 6:22.
Must a Christian be sanctified, or become holy?
Yes: For as he who has called us is holy, so we must be holy, in all manner of conversation. – 1 Peter 1: 15.
Who effects, or works sanctification in us?
We are sanctified, and justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. -1 Cor. 6: 11.

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