Are not repentance and prayer acts done before the person is "saved"?It simply goes into our account because the One GIVING the inheritance has already done all the necessary work, and since this inheritance is ours because it is GIVEN by His grace, through His gift of faith, we simply receive all the benefits of salvation without any work at all to help save ourselves. We don't want to confuse obedience that comes after salvation with salvation by grace alone.
This is the way it must be because the GIVER of this great inheritance insists that His gift is of His grace alone, otherwise it will not be of His grace, but of debt.
Accepting the Gospel message of repentance and prayer but not yet doing these acts gets a person saved?
So acts are necessary.
Your misunderstanding of what you think the Giver insists on is derived from Paul's writings which were written to those having a foundational understanding. If I was to use the phrase "I arrived in the U.S. by air" to someone without the foundational understanding concerning airplanes; this person may imagine something very much not of the truth.
Originally Posted by Alaska
A gospel not encouraging yielding to God's grace and hence living a godly life; a gospel not associating 'saved' with 'changed' is a false gospel and a false grace worthy of the most scathing condemnation.
You agreed with this. Yet a person has to repent before experiencing change. Self denial is a prerequisite to be a Christian.
In James we see 'justified' and 'saved' used synonymously.
14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
After going to great lengths to carefully expound on this, he concludes:
24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
The analogy of the inheritance is very fitting. No one in their right mind giving this inheritance would object or see it as somehow inappropriate to require a response and act of acceptance before giving it. Our reasonable signing the deal is our baptism in water. When asked what must be done to be saved, Peter told them.
Like if someone asked, what must they do to get the inheritance, and they are told their signature is required.
Even believing is a work.
So do you mean "saved... not by works" except believing and repentance and prayer?
So Yes, Jesus did die for all of humanity and it is available to all who believe and because they believe they will do what is required to obtain that which is promised. 'Grace though faith', like 'into the room through the door'. The door comes first before the room. Faith comes first before grace when speaking of Eph. 2:8-10. Grace is the power to obey, hence we are saved by grace because it is by grace that we obey which is required for salvation.
The free gift of salvation, like a large inheritance, is GIVEN to our account but we don't have to do anything to receive the inheritance.
I think you are talking circles around yourself.
Don't make the mistake of confusing salvation and obedience.
Salvation is insepartable from obedience like the body is inseparable from the spirit as long as the body is alive.
26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.