Define Grace!

If grace is the work of God, and the unmerited salvation of Man by God, via His (man's) baptism, and the truth given from God, then yes, Grace is what saves us all, but by no means is this meaning Sola Fida, or that man plays no part in his salvation. It Is via God's grace we are saved, but if that was all, then why would Paul say:

“2:16. Exhort your hearts and confirm you in every good work and word.
Ipse autem Dominus noster Iesus Christus et Deus et Pater noster qui dilexit nos et dedit consolationem aeternam et spem bonam in gratia”

http://www.newadvent.org/bible/2th002.htm

2 Thessalonians Chapter 2

and later, The Lord's cousin* James says that Faith alone is not enough, and so creates obligation for man to respond to God's grace.

as shown in

_____________________________________________________________

James Chapter 2 quoted from

http://www.newadvent.org/bible/jam002.htm

Douay Rheims Bible 

_____________________________________________________________

"2:8. If then you fulfil the royal law, according to the scriptures: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself; you do well.
Si tamen legem perficitis regalem secundum scripturas diliges proximum tuum sicut te ipsum bene facitis

 

2:8. If then you fulfil the royal law, according to the scriptures: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself; you do well.
Si tamen legem perficitis regalem secundum scripturas diliges proximum tuum sicut te ipsum bene facitis

2:9. But if you have respect to persons, you commit sin, being reproved by the law as transgressors.
Si autem personas accipitis peccatum operamini redarguti a lege quasi transgressores

2:10. And whosoever shall keep the whole law, but offend in one point, is become guilty of all.
Quicumque autem totam legem servaverit offendat autem in uno factus est omnium < xml="true" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" prefix="st1" namespace="">reus


Guilty of all... That is, he becomes a transgressor of the law in such a manner, that the observing of all other points will not avail him to salvation; for he despises the lawgiver, and breaks through the great and general commandment of charity, even by one mortal sin. For all the precepts of the law are to be considered as one total and entire law, and as it were a chain of precepts, where, by breaking one link of this chain, the whole chain is broken, or the integrity of the law consisting of a collection of precepts. A sinner, therefore, by a grievous offence against any one precept, incurs eternal punishment; yet the punishment in hell shall be greater for those who have been greater sinners, as a greater reward shall be for those in heaven who have lived with greater sanctity and perfection.

2:12. So speak ye and so do, as being to be judged by the law of liberty.
Sic loquimini et sic facite sicut per legem libertatis incipientes iudicari

2:13. For judgment without mercy to him that hath not done mercy. And mercy exalteth itself above judgment.
Iudicium enim sine misericordia illi qui non fecit misericordiam superexultat autem misericordia iudicio

2:14. What shall it profit, my brethren, if a man say he hath faith, but hath not works? Shall faith be able to save him?
Quid proderit fratres mei si fidem quis dicat se habere opera autem non habeat numquid poterit fides salvare eum "

Back to "Truth shown True"

Home

Our Local Reference on Grace (to give you perspective)

We accept no liability for any statements here given. They must be recieved only with informed conscience, and church teaching in mind. Any differences from catholic doctrine are unintentional. If this article differs from Roman Catholic doctrine, the doctrine in question should be taken as more authoritive than this article.

Sola GratiaArticle