Proof – “By Grace Through Faith Not Of Works” Doesn’t Mean Other Conditions (Besides Faith) Are Not Required

The walls of Jericho fell by grace (Josh 6:2) through faith (Heb 11:30) not of works (Josh 24:13), but that doesn’t mean the Israelites didn’t have to meet conditions (walk around the walls 13 times, shout, blow trumpets, etc.) for the walls to fall. I trust you can see the point in regards to being baptized “for the remission of sins” not being at odds with the fact that our salvation is by grace through faith not of works (Eph 2:8-9). For the walls to have fallen by works (as the basis), they would have had to knock the walls down with sledge hammers or something. For us to be saved by works (as the basis), we would have to live our whole lives perfectly without sin, thereby not needing forgiveness / the blood of Christ (Rom 4:4).

The walls of Jericho illustration proves that just because something (whether it be walls falling or salvation – Eph 2:8-9) is by grace through faith not of works, that doesn’t mean that conditions in addition to faith don’t have to be met. Do you see the point?

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