Hodos . . .
I still stand in alignment with Paul that we are justified by grace apart from works.
This is a partial truth Hodos.
I am not saying we are justified by works of law in the context of circumcision or other Mosaic Law.
I am not saying we are justified ON OUR OWN with our works.
We bring nothing to the proverbial table when we are drawn to God. Not even “faith”.
Semi-Pelagians think THEY make the first move toward God. They are wrong.
God makes the first move.
Then we COOPERATE and are “born again” (that’d be baptized).
This is the entrance ramp or gateway to the Christian Life.
In this UNDESERVED GIFT of baptism, we receive among other things, supernatural faith, hope, and charity (love).
That is the MOMENT of our salvation.
And it includes MORE than mere imputing or “covering with the righteousness of Christ.”
We ARE covered but we are ALSO transformed.
But this transformation is just the beginning.
He who is justified, let him be justified further still.
The LIFE of GRACE includes WORKS at this point or at least it can include grace now (if you do not reject the grace given you).
Our hope is a grace too. That is WHY it is called SUPERNATURAL faith, HOPE, and charity.
And our FAITH now becomes supernaturalized as well.
So if by “standing with Paul” you INCLUDE grace workings (in addition to faith and hope), I am all in. That is Scriptural.
But if you mean you SHOULD have hope and charity but you do not NEED this for salvation, I am going to take issue with such an unbiblical assertion.