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Is the RIGHTEOUSNESS of Almighty God IMPUTED to us as BELIEVERS through Jesus Christ, in that, God's righteousness is TRANSFERRED to those who confess that they are a sinner and ask God to forgive them of their sins and TRUST in the sacrifice that Jesus made for them by dying on the cross for their sins and then through their FAITH that Jesus died for their sins and was raised from the dead they are now BECOME the RIGHTEOUSNESS of God and ALL that God sees from this day forward is the RIGHTEOUSNESS of his Son Jesus that he purchased for us who BELIEVE? In other words, is this IMPUTED RIGHTEOUSNESS and ETERNAL RIGHTEOUSNESS that can NEVER be LOST or TAKEN AWAY from us once it has been IMPUTED to us?
Let me say this another way, when a person first accepts Jesus as their savior, then from that point on in their life after accepting Jesus as their savior, from that point on, does Almighty God see ONLY the RIGHTEOUSNESS that was IMPUTED or TRANSFERRED to the believer through the FAITH of the believer in the atoning work of his Son Jesus, and does NOT see their SIN, even if they sin again after they were first forgiven of all their sins? In other words, is what many of us were taught that when God looks at us all he sees is the RIGHTEOUSNESS of Jesus and that God NO longer sees our SIN, but God ONLY sees the RIGHTEOUSNESS that he has IMPUTED or TRANSFERRED to us. AND does this mean the IF we sin AGAIN and WHILE we are living IN sin does God STILL just see the RIGHTEOUSNESS that was or had been IMPUTED to us when we accepted Jesus as our savior. OR does God SEE our SIN which we are committing, even though his RIGHTEOUSNESS was or had been IMPUTED to us when we first believed?
Some believe that God STILL ONLY sees the IMPUTED RIGHTEOUSNESS that was imputed to us when we first believed and does NOT see our sin AFTER we become BORN AGAIN.
But WHAT does the WHOLE word of God teach us?
The purpose of this study is to consider all the evidence from both sides of this highly controversial subject of eternal salvation and then answer the question of "What does IMPUTED RIGHTEOUSNESS TRULY MEAN?".
So then, let us begin this study in God's word by reading all of Romans chapter 4, but I will just quote Romans 4:1-5 and then pause to share the insight that I believe God has given me from doing this study.
"What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, have found ?
4. Now to him that WORKS is the reward not RECKONED of grace, but of debt (where debt leaves us with the thought that we have EARNED the right to be JUSTIFIED, and therefore GRACE would not be recognized and the glory given to God for the one who CANCELED our debt of sin).
Let pause here for a moment and see what Paul is teaching us. In verse 3 we see the phase "For what says the SCRIPTURE" and then Paul summarizes the Old Testament passage of scripture found in Genesis 15:1-7 with the words, "Abraham BELIEVED God, and IT (the FAITH or TRUST of Abraham) was COUNTED (or IMPUTED unto Abraham) for RIGHTEOUSNESS."
Here is what Genesis 15:1-7 says,
So then, in this passage of scripture in Romans chapter 4 that Paul quotes a verse from the Old Testament in order to show that it is BY FAITH and NOT by WORKS that man is JUSTIFIED and COUNTED as being RIGHTEOUS before God just as IF man had NEVER SINNED before is CLEARLY seen. Of this TRUTH there is no question.
HOWEVER, in James 2:17-26 we ALSO learn that FAITH ALONE is NOT what JUSTIFIES a person before God. We also see that James ALSO uses the SAME illustration of Abraham and his being COUNTED as RIGHTEOUS before God, because he BELIEVED God. However James goes on and further illustrates to us that the very reason or fact that Abraham BELIEVED God was ALSO what CAUSED Abraham to ACT upon his TRUST in God to OBEY what God REQUIRED of Abraham to DO, which therefore in turn PROVED that Abraham TRULY BELIEVED or TRUSTED in God, because Abraham became a DOER of what he BELIEVED!
And again this TRUTH can CLEARLY and PLAINLY be seen in God's word. So then, which way is it? Is one wrong and other other right? Is Paul teaching the TRUTH and James teaching a LIE? Or is James teaching the TRUTH and it is Paul who is teaching the LIE? OR can BOTH be teaching the TRUTH?
Now on the surface it appears that there is in fact a direct CONTRADICTION between what Paul was teaching compared to what James was teaching. It appears that Paul is saying in Romans chapter 4 that we are shown to be RIGHTEOUS by FAITH ALONE and NOT of any WORKS that we have done or are doing, or can do in the future. And it also seems quite obvious that James is teaching us that SALVATION is NOT by FAITH ALONE, but that a person is saved by FAITH AND WORKS. So then again, which way is it? Do we believe Paul and REJECT the words of James, or do we believe James and REJECT the words of Paul? OR do we believe BOTH Paul and James.
Why not BELIEVE them BOTH! Why not believe the WHOLE word of God, rather than SIDE with one or the other? For you see, they BOTH are teaching the GOSPEL of our Lord Jesus Christ. However, the RIGHTEOUSNESS that Paul is teaching in Romans chapter 4 is the RIGHTEOUSNESS or the FORGIVENESS of all our PAST SINS which we have committed BEFORE we take that first step to TRUST and BELIEVE in the SACRIFICE that Jesus made for us. This INITIAL RIGHTEOUSNESS of Almighty God is IMPUTED to us NOT based upon ANY WORKS that we have done, but RATHER it is our FAITH in the sacrifice of Jesus that RECONCILES us BACK to Almighty God and places us BACK into RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with God. Our FAITH is COUNTED to us as being in the RIGHTEOUSNESS of God and we are JUSTIFIED before God as being if we had NEVER SINNED.
In other words, in this INITIAL step of our salvation
our own works of righteousness are NOT factored into the equation or
the receiving of the salvation that Almighty God has extended to
mankind by his GRACE. In fact, Almighty God deliberately eliminated
the grounds of GOOD WORKS on any level as a requirement for this INITIAL step of salvation so as to ELIMINATE any BOASTING for man,
because boasting, in and of itself, had become displeasing in God's
eyes and is considered sin. Therefore the accuser of the brethren
could accuse mankind before God IF WORKS were required to bring
mankind back into right relationship with God. Now for some of you it
may seem like a big circle that is just going round and round, but I
assure you that it will all become clear as we continue, so please do
not simple reject what I am saying as being a false teaching, until
you hear the WHOLE matter, because I believe when you hear the WHOLE
word of God you will judge rightly and see that what I am teach you is the TRUTH of the WHOLE word of God.
Please keep in mind the FAITH is NOT just a ONE time confession of accepting Jesus as our savior, but rather true faith is a CONTINUAL BELIEVING in Jesus AND continually BELIEVING he WORDS or the teachings of Jesus. Remember that Jesus said if we love him we will KEEP his commandments of teachings.
Let us back up a few verses in order to get more of the CONTEXT of what Paul is teaching and read Romans 3:21-31, which clearly teaches us that the RIGHTEOUSNESS that Paul is teaching us about is the RIGHTEOUSNESS of God that is IMPUTED to us THROUGH Jesus Christ as we are FORGIVEN of ALL our PAST sins. Here is what Romans 3:21-31 has to say, which IMMEDIATELY precedes what Paul teaches us in Romans chapter 4 that we are studying.
25. Whom God has set forth to be a propitiation (or an atonement for sins) through FAITH in his blood, to DECLARE his RIGHTEOUSNESS for the remission of sins that are PAST, through the forbearance of God;
Then Paul continues on in Romans chapter 4 with his argument of how FAITH came BEFORE the LAW to get the Jews, who were trusting in their obedience to the LAW and the mere fact that they were a JEW and NOT a mere Gentile to be saved, the get these JEWS to TRUST and BELIEVE in the new covenant that God was establishing in order to do away with the PART of the LAW which required the offering of sacrifices from year to year for their sins to receive FORGIVENESS. Can you not see my dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, that NO way was Paul teaching us, that from this point on a believer is MADE into the RIGHTEOUSNESS of God and when a believer SINS all that God SEES is the RIGHTEOUSNESS of his Son Jesus. NO ABSOLUTELY NOT!
Here is Romans 3:31 and many other places where Paul writes to us CLEARLY teaches us that the RIGHTEOUSNESS that Paul was teaching us about is the INITIAL RIGHTEOUSNESS that we receive when we FIRST believe in Jesus and THEN from that point on in our lives we are to WALK after the Holy Spirit and NOT after the flesh lest we DIE in our SINS and LOSE our inheritance of ETERNAL LIFE that is PROMISED to us in the world to COME, IF SO BE that we are found to be that GOOD and FAITHFUL servant, who WALK AFTER the SPIRIT and NOT after the FLESH, which is EXACTLY what Paul teaches us in Romans chapter 8:1-14.
However some teachers of the gospel only have given us PART of the gospel and by doing so have mislead some to believe that once you accept Jesus as your savior, then you are IN, you are SAVED, you HAVE eternal life and your salvation is ETERNALLY SECURE and you can NEVER EVER LOSE your salvation no matter what. They teach that you may lose a few rewards, but you yourself can NEVER be LOST once you have accepted Jesus as your savior and then they often quote the FIRST part of Romans 8:1 as there PROOF text which says,
I have seen so many times where preachers and teachers of the word of God STOP right here and try and say that ONCE you accept Jesus as you savior, then there is THEREFORE NOW NO CONDEMNATION, therefore you are FOREVER SAVED. They go on to FALSELY teach that God does not hold your sins against your any more ever again, so how then can you ever lose your salvation.
Now while there is some truth is this statement it can also be very DECEPTIVE and MISLEADING, whereby some have erred from the TRUTH by going further and FALSELY teach that this statement of the TRUTH that THEREFORE there is NOW NO CONDEMNATION to those who are in Christ Jesus is an ETERNAL condition and can NEVER be LOST. Now I do not find all the blame to be upon the pastors and teachers of God's word, because in may be the Bible TRANSLATIONS that they are reading from are NOT all completely HONEST in their translation of God's word. The reason I say this is because many translations have OMITTED the last part of this verse ENTIRELY and some have even place a period after Christ Jesus to have the readers of these translations believe that this is the ENTIRE truth of God's word, when in fact they have TAKEN AWAY from the word of God by LEAVING OUT the rest of this verse that is in the original Greek. Please take a moment an view for yourself Romans 8:1 from these other translations in comparison to the authorized King James Version of the Bible, which you will read among these other translations.
King James Version
"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, WHO walk NOT after the flesh, but AFTER the Spirit."
God's Word Translation
"So those who are believers in Christ Jesus can no longer be condemned."
American Standard Version
"There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus."
New International Version
"Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,"
New Living Translation
"So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus."
Bible in Basic English
"For this cause those who are in Christ Jesus will not be judged as sinners."
Complete Jewish Bible
"Therefore, there is no longer any condemnation awaiting those who are in union with the Messiah Yeshua."
"There is now therefore no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus, WHO walk NOT according to the flesh."
English Standard Version
"There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus."
Good News Translation
"There is no condemnation now for those who live in union with Christ Jesus."
Hebrew Names Version
"There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Messiah Yeshua, WHO don't walk according to the flesh, but ACCORDING to the Spirit."
Holman Christian Standard
"Therefore, no condemnation now exists for those in Christ Jesus,"
Lexham English Bible
"Consequently, [there is] now no condemnation for those [who are] in Christ Jesus."
New American Standard
"Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus."
New Century Version
"So now, those who are in Christ Jesus are not judged guilty."
New International Reader's Version
"Those who belong to Christ Jesus are no longer under God's sentence."
New King James Version
"There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, WHO do NOT walk according to the flesh, but ACCORDING to the Spirit."
New Revised Standard
"There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus."
Revised Standard Version
"There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus."
The Darby Translation
"[There is] then now no condemnation to those in Christ Jesus."
"With the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, that fateful dilemma is resolved. Those who enter into Christ's being-here-for-us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud."
The Webster Bible
"[There is] therefore now no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus, WHO walk NOT according to the flesh, but ACCORDING to the Spirit."
Third Millennium Bible
"There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, WHO walk NOT according to the flesh, but ACCORDING to the Spirit."
Today's New International Version
"Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,"
Weymouth New Testament
"There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus;"
World English Bible
"There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, WHO DON'T walk according to the flesh, but ACCORDING to the Spirit."
"Therefore now nothing of condemnation is to them that be in Christ Jesus, which wander NOT after the flesh."
Young's Literal Translation
"There is, then, now no condemnation to those in Christ Jesus, WHO walk NOT according to the flesh, but ACCORDING to the Spirit;"
Now with what many of these modern translations have LEFT OUT combine with the way that some pastors and teachers have INTERPRETED this verse to mean is NOT what this verse is TRULY teaching us! Please CONTINUE and read the REST of this verse and it's CONTEXT.
12. Therefore , brethren, we are DEBTORS, NOT to the flesh, to live after the flesh (WHY? Why are we DEBTORS NOT to walk after the flesh. In other words, why are we REQUIRED or OBLIGATED by God to NOT walk after the FLESH and SIN?).
So with these verses in mind and many many more like them we can CLEARLY see that the RIGHTEOUSNESS that James is teaching us is the RIGHTEOUSNESS of DOING GOOD WORKS of RIGHTEOUSNESS that we as BELIEVERS MUST without fail MAINTAIN to DO from FAITH to FAITH. James is describing the RIGHTEOUSNESS of a BELIEVER that PROVES that we TRULY BELIEVE the WHOLE word of God to the point that we OBEY what Almighty God has asked us to DO, has instructed us to DO, has told us to DO and has COMMANDED us DO as we move from trial to trial, and from temptation to temptation USING our FAITH, which Almighty God has GIVEN to EVERY man to ACT upon God's WORD to OVERCOME every trial and temptation that may come our way.
Please read Romans 1:16,17 that teaches us that IN the GOSPEL of Christ is the RIGHTEOUSNESS of God REVEALED to us from FAITH to FAITH, for the JUST shall LIVE BY FAITH.
Think about that phase "FROM FAITH TO FAITH". Just HOW MANY TIMES are we expected by God to accept Jesus as our savior for the remission of our PAST sins? That's right ONLY ONE TIME. We do not use our FAITH over and over and over again and again to believe God for the same sacrifice of Jesus for all our PAST sins. No, absolutely not, we believe and have FAITH that ONE TIME in our life for the FORGIVENESS of all our PAST sins and then just HOLD FAST to that confession of our faith when the enemy tries to bring up our past sins.
And THEN from this point on we believe God from FAITH to FAITH to be JUSTIFIED or FORGIVEN of the sins that we commit AFTER we have come to the Lord INITIALLY when we FIRST believed in the atonement of Jesus. In other words, IF we sin AFTER we come to Jesus for the remission of all our PAST sins, then we must without fail CONFESS our sins and ask for forgiveness and then we assured by the word of God that he is FAITHFUL to FORGIVE us of all our sins. To put it another way, we have to BELIEVE we are forgiven each and every time we ask for forgiveness of our sins or more simply put, from FAITH to FAITH we overcome they enemy of our souls.
Please read 1 John 1:9, which teaches us that IF we CONFESS our sins then he is FAITHFUL to FORGIVE us our sins, and cleanse us from ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS.
"IF we CONFESS our sins, he is FAITHFUL and JUST to FORGIVE us our sins, and to CLEANSE us from all UNRIGHTEOUSNESS."
Now just a little common sense and logic should tell us that IF it were TRUE in what many of us were TAUGHT that when God looks at us and all God SEES is his Son Jesus and that we would NEVER have NEED to be CLEANSED ever again from ANY UNRIGHTEOUSNESS, because the RIGHTEOUSNESS of God was IMPUTED unto us and we were MADE the RIGHTEOUSNESS of God, IF THIS WERE TRUE, then there would be no such thing any more that would be to us as SIN and would therefore there would be NO need to ever have to CONFESS our sins in order to be CLEANSED, because we would ALREADY and ALWAYS be the RIGHTEOUSNESS of God.
NO! ABSOLUTELY NOT! My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, what some of us have been TAUGHT is FALSE and INCORRECT. Now you may have not been taught the false doctrine of once saved always saved, but most of us have been taught that we are saved by GRACE through FAITH and NOT of WORKS lest any man BOAST and taught that WORKS follow salvation, which is true, but it is NOT the WHOLE truth.
What I mean by this is that some have taken this teaching to the extreme and make so trivial the WORKS aspect that follow salvation to the point the WORKS be insignificant and some Christians are led to FALSELY believe that GOOD WORKS are NOT NECESSARY to obtain eternal life. Some teach that since we do NOT EARN our salvation, then there is no way that we must DO GOOD WORKS in order to MAINTAIN or KEEP our salvation. But WHAT does the WHOLE word of God teach us?
The RIGHTEOUSNESS that Paul is teaching about in Romans chapter 4 is that RIGHTEOUSNESS of God which a believer is COUNTED or CONSIDERED as being RIGHTEOUS before God and JUSTIFIED as just as if they had NEVER SINNED BEFORE. This SALVATION is just the FIRST PART or the INITIAL step of our BEING saved. This new birth is just the beginning of our WALK with God.
The word "SAVED" in the Greek is the word "SOZO" which also means BEING PLACED BACK INTO RIGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD. You see my dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, we do NOT actually RECEIVE or OBTAIN ETERNAL LIFE at this point in time of our SALVATION, because our salvation is a PROCESS that spans our entire lifetime. We do not actually RECEIVE eternal life UNTIL the world to COME. Jesus makes this quite CLEAR to us in Mark 10:30 which says,
Then Jesus goes on to say in Matthew 24:12,13 that in the last days SIN shall abound and that the LOVE of MANY believers would grow cold and that ONLY those believers who ENDURE unto the END and NOT give into the temptations to SIN shall be SAVED.
So UNLESS you as a believer ENDURE unto the END of your life or until Jesus comes again to NOT let your LOVE grow cold and give into the temptation to SIN, you shall NOT be SAVED and you shall NOT obtain ETERNAL LIFE, because the PROMISE of eternal life is to THOSE who ENDURE unto the END as we just read in Matthew 24:13,14.
Jesus also WARNS us to HOLD FAST and OVERCOME the enemy and NOT let any man TAKE our CROWN of LIFE. Please read Revelation 3:11,12 which WARNS us that ONLY those of us that OVERCOME shall RECEIVE eternal life and shall ENTER the CITY of God the New Jerusalem and have the name of God written upon us.
12. Him that OVERCOMES will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name."
Yes it is true that when we first confess our sins that we are made the RIGHTEOUSNESS of God and all our PAST sins no matter WHAT they may have been are FORGIVEN and are NEVER again to be remembered against us. Our DEPT that we could NEVER pay is CANCELLED the very moment we accept Jesus as our savior and we are JUSTIFIED before God become just as if we had never sinned. And yes, at that point in time in our life when God looks at us all he sees is his RIGHTEOUSNESS. We did not EARN this first part of our salvation by any WORKS that we have done. This part of our salvation is a FREE GIFT and is by the GRACE of God and we RECEIVE this part of our salvation THROUGH FAITH.
However, this does NOT mean that when we give into the lies of the enemy, Satan, the devil, and SIN that God STILL YET SEES us as RIGHTEOUS. The TRUTH of the matter is that what Almighty God sees, when we SIN, IS our SIN. And as long as we REMAIN in that SIN that SIN is ALL God SEES. Therefore if a TRUE BORN AGAIN BELIEVER were to DIE while living in SIN, then that SINNER shall receive the WAGES of their SIN, which they have ungodly COMMITTED and which they have NOT REPENTED of and CONFESSED and asked FORGIVENESS for.
The teaching of once you accept Jesus as your savior and are BORN AGAIN, then you can NEVER LOSE your SALVATION is a doctrine of the devil. The teaching of once saved always saved is a FALSE teaching. A SINNER must ALWAYS REPENT of his or her SIN in order to be FORGIVEN and placed back into right relationship with Almighty God. And if a BELIEVER SINS, then that BELIEVER immediately becomes a SINNER once again and remains a SINNER until they REPENT of their SIN. If you doubt what I am teaching you is the TRUTH of the WHOLE word of God, then I BESEECH you my dear brother or sister in the Lord to WEIGH ALL the evidence from BOTH sides of the highly controversial subject of eternal security by reading the study "DOES THE BIBLE TEACH THAT ONCE A CHRISTIAN IS SAVED THAT THEY ARE ALWAYS SAVED?"
But for now let us continue this study in God's word and examine some more evidence from the Bible that shows us this INITIAL RIGHTEOUS by GRACE THROUGH FAITH and NOT of WORKS lest any man should BOAST, but ALSO shows us that we MUST WITHOUT FAIL MAINTAIN to DO GOOD WORKS of RIGHTEOUSNESS in order to be ACCOUNTED WORTHY to have RIGHT to the TREE of LIFE.
BOTH kinds of RIGHTEOUSNESS are IMPUTED to us, but the FIRST kind we receive ONCE at the time we first confess Jesus as our savior by FAITH, which is where there are ABSOLUTELY NO WORKS involved other than receiving and believing God's word of TRUTH.
And the other RIGHTEOUSNESS that is taught in God's word is the RIGHTEOUSNESS that is IMPUTED to us when we BELIEVE God's word and then ACT upon what we BELIEVE to demonstrate that we TRULY BELIEVE, but all the while we are DOING these GOOD WORKS and OBEYING the COMMANDMENTS of God we KNOW that WE are NOT doing these GOOD WORKS of RIGHTEOUSNESS in our OWN STRENGTH! All the GLORY goes to Almighty God for the RIGHTEOUSNESS that is IMPUTED to us.
Now both kinds of RIGHTEOUSNESS require a CONTINUING FAITH that ENDURES unto the END in order to be SAVED and to RECEIVE the END of our SALVATION which is ETERNAL LIFE. We must CONTINUE to believe that God has forgiven us of all our PAST sins, when the devil brings them up before us. Remember that Almighty God has forgotten them and they are as far as the east is from the west, which is infinity, UNTIL YOU YOURSELF TURN AROUND and bring them BACK before God. If you are going east and your sins are going west and you turn around, then you are heading the the same direction as your sins. True repentance means to TURN AROUND and go the OPPOSITE way and STAY going in the WAY of RIGHTEOUSNESS. Also IF we were to FALL into sin, then we must confess that sin and repent of that sin and CONTINUE to BELIEVE that that sin has been forgiven in order for the blood of Jesus to cleanse us from all UN righteousness and for the RIGHTEOUSNESS of God to be IMPUTED to us.
DO NOT BE DECEIVED that WORKS do not matter! EVERY MAN shall be JUDGED ACCORDING to his of her WORKS!
Perhaps you have heard it said, Jesus is the AUTHOR and FINISHER of your FAITH. If not then please read, Hebrews 12:1-14, which is the CONTEXT of Jesus being the AUTHOR and FINISHER of our FAITH. Please read carefully and consider the subject under discussion which is getting SIN out of our lives.
"Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us LAY ASIDE every weight, and the SIN which does so easily beset us, and let us RUN with patience the race that is set before us,
2. Looking unto Jesus the author (or the beginning or initiator) and finisher (or the one who will be with us until the END) of our faith; who for the JOY that was set before HIM ENDURED the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
11. Now no chastening for the present seems to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yields the peaceable FRUIT of RIGHTEOUSNESS unto THEM which are exercised thereby.(or ONLY THEM that ENDURE the CORRECTING of Almighty God through his WORD)
13. And MAKE STRAIGHT PATHS for your feet, lest (or for FEAR that) that which is lame be turned out of the way (or reject if it is not healed); but let it rather be healed.
Please read the study entitled "WITHOUT HOLINESS NO MAN SHALL SEE THE LORD" for a more in-depth study on this subject. But for now let us look at the two parts of our salvation.
How shall we ESCAPE the WRATH of Almighty God if we NEGLECT so great a SALVATION? This verse in Hebrews 2:1-3 teaches us that our salvation can be NEGLECTED to the point that we fail of God's grace and shall NOT escape the WRATH of God, because we have been OVERCOME by the enemy and have become DISOBEDIENT children of God.
The word "NEGLECT" here means to ignore, to make light of, to neglect, to disregard, to fail to give proper attention to, a failure to carry out through carelessness or even oversight, and lack of care or maintenance.
In Hebrews 5:9 we are given this WARNING,
Therefore our salvation or that salvation which Jesus BEGAN in us does NOT become an ETERNAL SALVATION unless we OBEY the WORDS of Jesus unto the END.
We are exhorted to CONSTANTLY AFFIRM our fellow brothers and sisters to be careful to MAINTAIN GOOK WORKS Please read Titus 3:7,8 which says,
8. This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that you AFFIRM CONSTANTLY, that they which have believed in God might be CAREFUL to MAINTAIN GOOD WORKS. These things are good and profitable unto men.
Then is Titus 1:16 we see that there were some who PROFESSED that they KNEW God, HOWEVER in the WORKS they DENIED the Lord and therefore were considered to be ABOMINABLE, DISOBEDIENT and even REPROBATE.
Be not deceived my dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, be CAREFUL to MAINTAIN to DO GOOD WORKS of RIGHTEOUSNESS.
In Titus 2:1-15 we learn what things become SOUND DOCTRINE, and some of these things is our BEHAVIOR and HOW we LIVE our LIVES and Christians. And also teaches us that the very reason for God's GRACE was to TEACH US to LIVE godly and holy lives IN this PRESENT and fallen world in which we are living in NOW. In other words, we are to be living WITHOUT SIN right NOW IN THIS PRESENT WORLD in which we live.
In 2 Timothy 3:1-17 we are warned that in the last days there will even be brothers and sisters in the Lord that will DESPISE other brothers and sisters for teaching about DOING GOOD WORKS and even DESPISE those that are themselves DOING GOOD WORKS.
"This KNOW also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
If you, the reader, are TRULY a man or woman of God you WILL be DOING GOOD WORKS of RIGHTEOUSNESS and you should NOT be OPPOSED to maintaining your self to DO GOOD WORKS. NOR should you DESPISE those that TEACH HOLINESS and being a DOER of the word and NOT a hearer only DECEIVING their OWN SELVES.
"Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,
12. Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.
One of the things some Christians have fail to realize is that our SALVATION is in STEPS and only BEGINS when we accept Jesus as our savior, which is the FIRST PART of our BEING saved. You see my dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, when we first accept Jesus as our savior we are FORGIVEN ALL of our PAST sins and thereby we are RESTORE in our relationship BACK to Almighty God. Please read Romans 5:10 from several translations which shows us this INITIAL PART of our salvation.
Romans 5:10 King James Version
"For if, WHEN we were enemies, we were RECONCILED to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled , we SHALL be saved BY his LIFE."
Romans 5:10 God's Word Translation
"If the death of his Son RESTORED our relationship with God while we were still his enemies, we are even more certain that, because of this restored relationship, the LIFE of his Son WILL save us."
"For since we were RESTORED to friendship with God by the DEATH of his Son while we were still his enemies, we WILL certainly be delivered from eternal punishment BY his LIFE."
Romans 5:10 Bible Basic English
"For if, when we were haters of God, the death of his Son made us at peace with him, much more, now that we are his friends, will we have salvation THROUGH his LIFE;"
Romans 5:10 Good News Translation
"We were God's enemies, but he made us his friends through the DEATH of his Son. Now that we are God's friends, how much more WILL we BE SAVED by Christ's LIFE!"
Romans 5:10 Weymouth Translation
"For if while we were hostile to God we were reconciled to Him through the death of His Son, it is still more certain that now that we are reconciled, we SHALL OBTAIN salvation through Christ's LIFE."
Our Lord and savior Jesus the Christ by his DEATH he has RESTORED us to a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with Almighty God, and the RIGHTEOUSNESS of God is IMPUTED to us. And THEN THROUGH the LIFE that Jesus himself LIVED IN this PRESENT fallen world WITHOUT SIN as an EXAMPLE for us to FOLLOW, then WE by or THROUGH our LIVING this SAME kind of life WITHOUT SIN shall one day BE SAVED and OBTAIN the HOPE of ETERNAL LIFE which was set before us to RUN the RACE, and IF we finish the race and are found to be FAITHFUL and have ENDURED unto the END then in the world to come we shall RECEIVE our REWARD of ETERNAL LIFE.
This is the GOSPEL that was preached unto us from the BEGINNING. Please read Matthew 3:1-10 from the New Living Translation, which says,
9. Don't just SAY, 'We're SAFE (or do not just SAY that you are SAVED and are a Christian, but rather PROVE that you are truly saved by OBEYING God to DO GOOD WORKS of RIGHTEOUSNESS! Don't just SAY)-- we're the descendants of Abraham.' That proves NOTHING. God can change these stones here into children of Abraham.
I want you to read this passage of scripture found in
Matthew 3:1-17 from God's Word Translation, which says it this way,
11. I baptize you with water so that you will change the way you think and act. But the one who comes after me is more powerful than I. I am not worthy to remove his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
PLEASES ALMIGHTY GOD!
Jesus said, "I am the WAY, and NO man comes to the Father except by me" (John 14:10)
But what exactly does Jesus mean by the WAY?
In Acts 11:26 we read that believers or those in the WAY were FIRST CALLED Christians in Antioch. In other words, BEFORE believers were CALLED Christians, believers in Jesus Christ were CALLED the WAY. For a deeper understanding of what Jesus meant when he said, "I am the WAY", please read the study entitled "I AM THE WAY, WHAT DID JESUS MEAN?", but for now let us continue this study in God's word to learn the truth about the IMPUTED RIGHTEOUSNESS of God through Jesus Christ and read Acts 11:26, which teaches us when believers were FIRST called Christians.
"And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were CALLED Christians FIRST in Antioch."
Now why do you suppose they were called CHRISTIANS? Could it be that they were CHRIST LIKE in that they FOLLOWED the TEACHINGS of Jesus and the EXAMPLE of Jesus' LIFE that he lived WITHOUT SIN? What did JESUS HIMSELF teach us?
Please read the DOCTRINE and TEACHING of Jesus found in Matthew 7:13-29, which says,
21. Not every one that SAYS unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that DOES the WILL of my Father which is in heaven.
Jesus goes on to teach about the WAY of RIGHTEOUSNESS, which is to DO the WILL of Almighty God the Father in Matthew 21:28-32, which says,
32. For John came unto you in the WAY of RIGHTEOUSNESS, and you believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and you, when you had seen it, repented not afterward, that you might believe him."
Then we see what happened to those who MADE LIGHT of the WAY and how they were found to be NOT WORTHY of the wedding even though they were the first ones to be called to the wedding in Matthew 22:1-14, which reads as follows,
Have you noticed my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ that this parable is referring to the Jews who were called first to the wedding of Jesus, but they made LIGHT of it or did NOT take it SERIOUSLY and because they NEGLECTED so great a salvation they were NOT found to be WORTHY.
So then, after the Jews REJECTED the gospel, then the INVITATION or the GOSPEL CALL was sent out to ALL the Gentiles both GOOD and BAD to the wedding. Now I want you to particularly play close attention to the man who was NOT wearing a WEDDING GARMENT and WHAT happened to this man who had SIN in his life and was found to be UNWORTHY even though he was CALLED FRIEND and was INVITED to the wedding. He was CAST OUT into outer darkness, because he too made LIGHT of his CALLING and in what he was REQUIRED by God to DO in order to OBTAIN ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come.
There is a WAY in which a true believer must WALK and that WAY is the WAY of WALKING after the Holy Spirit of Almighty God in RIGHTEOUSNESS. Please read Acts 16:17, which teaches us that there is a WAY of SALVATION.
"And I persecuted this WAY unto the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women."
The apostle James gives us some SOUND doctrine found in James chapter 1 and chapter 2.
"James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.
11. For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withers the grass, and the flower thereof falls, and the grace of the fashion of it perishes: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.
James chapter 2 teaches us some of the things that cause us to be SPOTTED with SIN, which we are to KEEP OURSELVES FROM DOING THESE THINGS that are displeasing to Almighty God.
17. Even so FAITH, if it has NOT WORKS, is DEAD, being ALONE.
Can you not see my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ that the DOING of GOOD WORKS is ESSENTIAL in that we are REQUIRED by Almighty God to LIVE a life of RIGHTEOUSNESS as PROOF that we truly BELIEVE his WORD of TRUTH, the GOSPEL of our salvation in ORDER to be found WORTHY and have RIGHT to OBTAIN ETERNAL LIFE in the world to COME?
BE NOT DECEIVED !
ANY ONE of US is capable of being DECEIVED by the DECEIVEABLENESS of SIN and thereby FALL from the GRACE of God and possible DIE while we are in this FALLEN state of SIN and thereby LOSE our INHERITANCE and right to RECEIVE our REWARD of ETERNAL LIFE, because we did NOT ENDURE unto the END and were found to be a that GOOD and FAITHFUL servant that is called to ENTER into the Joy of the Lord!
FAITH without WORKS is
DEAD being ALONE!
The RIGHTEOUSNESS that is IMPUTED to us as BELIEVERS only remains IMPUTED to us as we CONTINUE to WALK in the LIGHT even as Jesus is in the light, and THEN the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all our sin. In other words, ONLY he that DOES RIGHTEOUSNESS or CONTINUES in DOING GOOD WORKS of RIGHTEOUSNESS IS RIGHTEOUS.
Your brother in our Lord Jesus Christ,
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