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Acceptance By God

Is our acceptance by God based on our behavior or our beliefs? Or both?

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 ---mima on 11/2/09
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Both: "faith without works is dead".
---Eloy on 11/22/09

Donna has the right answer...
---duane on 11/21/09

Romans 8:29-31
For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

The word is pretty clear about the order
foreknowledge, predestination, the 'calling', the justification, the glorification.

God didnt hand pick you. He had foreknowledge of your decision to accept the truth. He has no respect of persons. (Romans 2:11)
---JackB on 11/21/09

---metuschelah AMEN!
Eph1:5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
Eph1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

The scripture says he made us accepted in the beloved family of God.

I like your thinking!
---trey on 11/19/09

Acceptance of us by god is all based on whether we were chosen by God to have the faith of christ which covers our sins with the blood of Jesus christ. Faith or the faith of jesus christ is not something we can pursue for ourselves, it is applied to us by God (i.e.)(Gal 3:6)"Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness" in other word abraham was given the gift of belief/faith/faith of christ and because of that faith god counted him as righteous. God gives his people a zeal for him.
---metuschelah on 11/6/09

Neither. Our acceptance by God is based on what Jesus did for us. He shed His blood for our sins so that we might become the righteousness of God through Christ Jesus.

That means through Jesus and the finished work on the cross, we are in right-standing with God, but only through Jesus and what HE did, not what we did or do.
---Donna on 11/5/09

This whole world of people ,all nations of the human race as well as others from other worlds are God's children.We are created in his and his son's image.
What is acceptable is a father -son relationship whereby the human recognizes the father's love and the son likewise mirrors this love back to the father .
---earl on 11/3/09

Neither, mima, according to my understanding of Scripture. Our acceptance by God is solely based on our position in His Son Jesus Christ, anything else is false understanding.
---tommy3007 on 11/3/09

If we trusted Jesus for salvation, this got us started. Believing includes trusting and walking "just as He walked" (in 1 John 2:6), because we believe how Jesus loved is our Example (Ephesians 5:1-2). And, as Josef has said, being "acceptable to God" includes serving Christ in "righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit" (in Romans 14:17-18). Plus, "boldness in the day of judgment" comes with being made perfect in love so we are "as He is . . . in this world" > please see 1 John 4:17. So, we must become holy in God's love > "Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord:" (Hebrews 12:14) Getting forgiven, then, is not all there is to it.
---Bill_bila5659 on 11/3/09

Western minds are based somewhat on Greek philosophy, and people try to separate the two concepts.

If people change their paradigm to look at behavior and beliefs as one concept, that will help people understand the answer to the question.
---Rod4Him on 11/3/09

What a deep subject! When Jesus saves you you are made right with God, and then we have the conviction of the Person of the Holy Spirit, when we sin. Ofcourse, "we get away with more than we think", so God tells me. If God stayed after His people for every single wrong fraction, He wouldn't have much time for anything else. So, anyways, in order to keep ourselves in right standing with God, we are continuously asking God to forgive us of our sins. I do not know for sure whether or not I am answering your question, but Satan believes. And the unbelievers act good, sometimes....Some anyways.
---catherine on 11/3/09

only if what you believe is truth.and our acceptance by God is based solely on jesus,for scripture tells us plainly that we are made acceptable by him.
---tom2 on 11/3/09

"Is our acceptance by God based on our behavior or our beliefs? Or both?" Both.
Our belief, as in our willingness to trust in, adhere to, rely and depend upon Him, will effect our behavior, as He is freed to work within us without hindrance.
"For the kingdom of God is... righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. [And] he that in these things serves Christ [is] acceptable to God, and approved of men." Rom 14:17,18
"To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath 'made' us accepted in the beloved." Eph.1:6
---josef on 11/3/09

Well, that Greek verb "spoudo" in 2 Tim 2:15 does NOT mean academic application, but "strive".

And in Tudor English, "strive" was another meaning of the word "study".
---Cluny on 11/2/09

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