If it isn’t merit, why does Jesus say we must be “worthy” of Him?

FRED May 17, 2015 at 7:28 am


DeMaria said ” Then what does it mean ” worthy of Him” it strongly suggests merit.”

FRED: No, it doesn’t. Christians are justified by faith alone. …. 

Don’t change the subject, Fred. If it isn’t merit to say, “worthy of Him”, then what is it?

mer·it
?mer?t/
noun
1.
the quality of being particularly good or worthy, especially so as to deserve praise or reward.
“composers of outstanding merit”
synonyms: excellence, quality, caliber, worth, worthiness, credit, value, distinction, eminence
“composers of outstanding merit”
antonyms: inferiority
a feature or fact that deserves praise or reward.
plural noun: merits
“the relative merits of both approaches have to be considered”
synonyms: good point, strong point, advantage, benefit, value, asset, plus
“the merits of the scheme”
BRITISH
a pass grade in an examination denoting above-average performance.
“if you expect to pass, why not go for a merit or a distinction?”
LAW
the intrinsic rights and wrongs of a case, outside of any other considerations.
plural noun: merits
“a plaintiff who has a good arguable case on the merits”
THEOLOGY
good deeds regarded as entitling someone to a future reward from God.
plural noun: merits
verb
verb: merit; 3rd person present: merits; past tense: merited; past participle: merited; gerund or present participle: meriting
1.
deserve or be worthy of (something, especially reward, punishment, or attention).
“the results have been encouraging enough to merit further investigation”
synonyms: deserve, earn, be deserving of, warrant, rate, justify, be worthy of, be worth, be entitled to, have a right to, have a claim to/on
“the accusation did not merit a response”

Focus, Fred. Focus. What does it mean to “be worthy of Him”?

FRED May 18, 2015 at 5:11 am
DeMaria, You need to focus. 

No, Fred, you do. You’re changing the subject again. Here’s my response again. Simply answer the question.

DE MARIA May 17, 2015 at 7:20 pm
FRED May 17, 2015 at 7:28 am
DeMaria said ” Then what does it mean ” worthy of Him” it strongly suggests merit.” No, it doesn’t. Christians are justified by faith alone. ….

Don’t change the subject, Fred. If it isn’t merit to say, “worthy of Him”, then what is it?
mer·it
?mer?t/
noun
1.
the quality of being particularly good or worthy, especially so as to deserve praise or reward.
“composers of outstanding merit”
synonyms: excellence, quality, caliber, worth, worthiness, credit, value, distinction, eminence
“composers of outstanding merit”
antonyms: inferiority
a feature or fact that deserves praise or reward.
plural noun: merits
“the relative merits of both approaches have to be considered”
synonyms: good point, strong point, advantage, benefit, value, asset, plus
“the merits of the scheme”
BRITISH
a pass grade in an examination denoting above-average performance.
“if you expect to pass, why not go for a merit or a distinction?”
LAW
the intrinsic rights and wrongs of a case, outside of any other considerations.
plural noun: merits
“a plaintiff who has a good arguable case on the merits”
THEOLOGY
good deeds regarded as entitling someone to a future reward from God.
plural noun: merits
verb
verb: merit; 3rd person present: merits; past tense: merited; past participle: merited; gerund or present participle: meriting
1.
deserve or be worthy of (something, especially reward, punishment, or attention).
“the results have been encouraging enough to merit further investigation”
synonyms: deserve, earn, be deserving of, warrant, rate, justify, be worthy of, be worth, be entitled to, have a right to, have a claim to/on
“the accusation did not merit a response”

Focus, Fred. Focus. What does it mean to “be worthy of Him”?

We are talking about justification.

Yeah and you brought up taking up our cross. And you claimed it was descriptive and not prescriptive. But it sounds prescriptive.

No one denies that someone who isn’t willing to follow Christ isn’t worthy of Him.

What does that mean, Fred?

But we aren’t freed from the penalty of our sin by our worthiness, only his. 

Then what does it mean to be worthy of Him? Why is that unimportant? That sentence says that the only way to be worthy in God’s eyes is to take up our cross and follow Him. It sounds very much like the only way to merit salvation is to take up our cross and follow Him.

Hence, this scripture is about sanctification, which comes after justification in Christianity. ALL of our sins are already stoned for, unlike for you where you are making satisfaction for temporal punishment on the instalment plan. K

You are still avoiding the question, K. What does it mean to be “worthy of Him”? If it doesn’t have anything to do with merit, why is the word “worth” used there?

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