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Scriptural Verses on Faith Grace, Works, and Eternal Life:
Bible Doctrine IS Mormon Doctrine

Written by Jeff Lindsay. Note: This is a list of Biblical and other LDS scriptures to supplement my lengthier discourse on faith, grace, works and salvation - the Mormon and Biblical perspective.


List of Key Scriptures

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 commandments)

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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