Key Scripture~“Do not be carried aboutwith various and strange doctrines.For it is good that the heart be established by grace, not with foods which have not profited those who have been occupied with them” (Hebrews 13:9).
Comment ~The present work of God’s grace establishes the Christian on a firm foundation.The term “spiritual gifts” is actually better translated as “grace gifts” and “natural abilities” are also grace gifts.The grace gift of salvation provides the foundation for good works (good deeds done by anyone except those who have accepted the free grace gift of salvation is worthless in God’s eyes).
“For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one's work, of what sort it is.If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward.If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire” (1 Corinthians 3:11-15).
Contemplate This~“We are [being] transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as [the grace of] God enters our lives and we become like Him” (2 Corinthians 3:18b, The Message).
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