Wait a minute! Isn’t St. Paul the one who said that we are justified by faith in Christ and not by our actions? Isn’t he the one who said, “We cannot save ourselves”? How can this man who spent so much time telling us that salvation is a free gift from God also tell us that we can “fail the test”? How can he say that we ought to approach our salvation with “fear and trembling” and that we have to “persevere in the faith” if we want to be saved?
It seems like such a sharp contradiction, but we know Paul was too intelligent to be so confused. So let’s take a look at why Paul spoke...
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