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Saved by grace, not by works illustrated: Drowning people frantically wave for others to save (works), but that does not save them. The lifeboat crew lifting them out of the water and carrying them to shore is what saved them, grace of the rescue crew, and not the work of the drowning. Frantically waving did not “pay” for the ride, it indicated their free will choice to be saved, it indicated their faith the rescuers could save them. It was the good pleasure and will of God if any are saved.

Those who refused to wave indicated they didn’t want to be saved. So their drowning was because of their works.

God was willing to save them (Col. 1:19-20. 1Jn. 2:2), but they refused to believe in Jesus (John 3:16-19).

As it is impossible anything said or done PAY for eternity in paradise, all are saved by God’s grace. (Eph. 2:8-10; John 3:14-21), but any who refuse the light are condemned, by their works (John 5:28-29. Rev. 20:13-15).

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