Faith, Works, & Grace

Below is a nice list of scriptures that relate to the LDS interpretation of faith, works, and grace. The bulk of these were taken from Jeff Lindsay’s website, with a handful added by me.

Book of Mormon teachings: 2 Nephi 25:23-29 (we access the grace of Christ by keeping our part of the covenant); Moroni 10:32; 2 Nephi 31: 17-21; Alma 34: 9-34; Alma 42; Alma 12: 31-37; Mosiah chap. 3,4, & 5; Alma 36; Mosiah 27: 24-29; Alma 22: 12-23; Hel. 14: 13; 2 Nephi 2, many others

Bible Teachings:

Diligence, patience, and enduring to the end is required to ensure our salvation: 2 Peter 1:4-10; 2 Peter 3:14-18; Heb. 12:1,7,14,15; Heb. 10:36; James 1:12; Mark 13:13; Heb. 6:15; Heb. 3:14; Rev. 2:7,10,11; Col. 1:22-29; James 5:7-12; 1 John 2:24-25. Why? Rom. 8:16-18; Rev. 3:19-21; Rev. 21:7; Heb.12:9,10; Acts 17:28,29

The words of Christ himself: His teachings show that obedience is required to obtain eternal life; there is no hint of “once saved, always saved” or instant salvation without works:

Matt. 19: 16-23 (point blank: to obtain eternal life, keep the commandments); see also Mark 10:17-30; Luke 18:18-30

Luke 10:25-28 (again: keep the commandments to be saved)

Mark 12: 28-34 (Christ teaches the two greatest commandments, and tells one who understands them that he is “not far from the kingdom of God”)

Luke 11:28 (blessed are they that DO the word of God)

Sermon on the Mount

Matt. chapters 5 to 7 (focuses on works, behavior)

Matt. 5:19-21 (must keep commandments)

Matt 5:48 (must seek to be perfect)

Matt. 7:13,14 (the gate is straight and narrow)

Matt. 7:21-23 (Must DO God’s will; Christians who did evil will not go to heaven)

Matt. 7:24-28 (those who do what Christ says are built on a sure foundation)

Matt. 24:13 (endure to the end to be saved) – see also Matt. 10:22 and Mark 13:13

Matt. 12:35-37 (will be judged by our words, to be condemned or justified)

Matt. 16:24-27 (we’ll be judged by our works)

John 8:31-32 (we must continue in the word of Christ)

Luke 21:19 (patience is required to preserve our souls)

Luke 21:34-36 (be cautious, avoid sin, to be counted worthy to stand before God)

Mark 11:25-26 (we must forgive others to be forgiven ourselves)

John 5: 28,29 (those that do good obtain life)

John 14:15,21,23 (Christ teaches us to keep his commandments)

John 15: 1-14 (we must bear fruit, keep commandment

Matt. 13:3-23 (parable of the sower: He warns that some receive the word and believe, but do not endure: will they be in God’s kingdom? See Luke 9:24-26)

Matt. 12:50 (must do his will to have a close relationship with Christ)

Matt. 13:40-43 (parable of the tares: those in his kingdom who do evil are damned)

John 12:50 (The Father’s commandment is life everlasting)

See also Luke 21: 19,34-36; Matt. 25 (esp. v. 31-46); John 3:5

Judged by works: Rom. 2: 4-11; Rev. 20: 12-15; Matt. 16:27; Gal. 6: 7-9; Rev. 22:12-14; 2 Cor. 5:9,10; Col. 3:24-25; John 5:28,29; Eccl. 12:13,14; 1 Peter 1:17; Psalm 62:12; Prov. 24:12; Rev. 2:23; 1 Peter 4:17-19.

Repentance and obedience are required for salvation: Acts 2:37-38; Matt. 4:17; Acts 17:30,31; 2 Peter 3:9; 2 Cor. 7:9-11; Ezekiel 18:4,5,9,20-27,30-32; Ezekiel 33:11-20; Acts 26:20; Mark 6:12; Luke 24:47; Heb. 5:8,9; Rom. 2: 4-11; Prov. 4:4; Prov. 19:16; Deut. 6:17; Eccl. 12:13,14; Matt. 4:4; Deut. 8:3; 1 Sam. 15:22; Jerem. 7:23; 2 Cor. 10:5,6; Exo. 19:5; Deut. 29:9-15; John 7:17; Rom. 6:16; James 4:6-10; 2 Thess. 1:4-9; 1 Pet. 1:14-16; Matt. 5:48; Lev. 11:45; Lev. 19:2; Lev. 20:7,26; Matt. 5:19-20; Rev. 3:5,19-21; Joel 2:12,13; 2 Cor. 10:5,6; 2 Cor. 7:15; Phil. 2:8.

Saved by Grace – but we access that Grace by obedience: Eph. 2:8; Rev. 22:12-14; Philippians 3:12-14; Heb. 5:8,9; Exodus 20:6; James 4:6-10; Matt. 5:7; 1 Peter 1:13-22.

We must do, not just believe: James, Chapters 1 and 2; 1 John 3:18,19; Matt. 7:21-27; Matt. 25:31-46; 2 Cor. 5:9,10; Titus 2; 1 Peter 1:22; Matt. 12:50; 1 Tim. 6:17-19.

Christians can fall from grace, so be cautious: Heb. 12:15; 1 Cor. 10:12; 2 Pet. 1:4-10; Heb. 3: 12-14; Heb. 4:1,11; Matt. 7:21-23; Luke 21:34-36; Phil. 2:12; Gal. 5:4; Heb. 6:4-6; Heb. 10:26-31; 2 Cor. 6:1; Jude 1:3-13; Col. 1:23; James 5:12,19,20.

Sin can keep you out of heaven: 1 Cor. 6:9-10; Gal. 5:16-26; Eph. 5:3-7; 1 Thess. 4:1-7; Col. 3:5-25; Jude 1:14-25; Heb. 12:1-17; James 4:4; Matt. 5:22; Matt. 25: 31-46; Ezek. 18.

We must grow and progress through obedience to be saved: 2 Peter 1:3-10 (heavy!); 1 John 2:4,5; Phil. 3:12-15.

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3 comments on “Faith, Works, & Grace

  1. BHodges says:

    While lists like this can be useful, I think it can be even more fruitful to examine the role of grace in LDS thought, since it tends to get overshadowed conceptually sometimes.

  2. James says:

    A list examining the role of grace in LDS thought would only be more useful if your intent is to study that topic! The above list is intended mainly for use in discussion on the topic of the role that works play in LDS thought, since it is that which is most often debated.

  3. Robert says:

    We are saved by way of True Grace [charis] Through True Faith [pistis].

    In His Debt/Grace
    Anakin7
    LDS JEDI KNIGHT

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