The gift of the Holy Spirit is faith by which we receive the righteousness of Christ and sonship in God's family. That faith also preserves us, if we do not reject it, to the Day when Christ will present us blameless before God.
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Whether good works are necessary for preserving faith, righteousness, and salvation is another issue in dispute. This again is of high and great importance, for "the one who endures to the end will be saved". Faith [does not] lay hold of righteousness and salvation only in the beginning and then resigns its office to works as though they had to sustain faith, the righteousness received, and salvation. It means that the promise, not only of receiving, but also of retaining righteousness and salvation, is firm and sure to us.
They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast through faith. (Romans 11:20) [He will] present you holy and blameless and above reproach before Him, if indeed you continue in the faith.(Colossians 1:22-23)
By God's power [you] are being guarded through faith for a salvation. (1 Peter 1:5)
Obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. [1 Peter 1:9]
It is clear from God's Word that faith is the proper and only means through which righteousness and salvation are not only received, but also preserved by God. Therefore, it right to reject [those who] say our good works preserve salvation, or the righteousness of faith that has been received, or even faith itself. (paragraphs 30, 34-35)
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