"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
Jesus Christ died for all, and became the author of salvation, but he saves only those who obey him.
Jesus Christ is the very foundation of Christianity. If we include apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ is the corner stone of the foundation of Christianity. Again, the highlight is his death on the cross. Then, we will say that he and him alone has accomplished our salvation by his blood and by his grace, and we have nothing to do in our salvation. So, all the glory goes to him and him only. This declaration from us is so uplifting and it excites all of us. It feels so good. But, when we say that it is he and him alone, and it is not of us, is it not an unwanted fake statement of emphasis and is it not a lie or deceit? It deceives people and encourages them to live in sin. Let us analyze it.
"Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. 10 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." Yes, Jesus Christ died for all sinners. As verse 8 says "while we were yet sinners", does it not imply that the sinning was past (were), and now we are not sinning? Justified means that he has made us righteous, but it does not mean that he is just calling us as we are committing sin, even though preachers suggest it. Again verse 10 suggest that we shall (future) be saved by living his life. So, we also have to embrace and live his life. "2 Corinthians 5:14 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: 15 And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. 16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: .... 17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." Here, verse 14 says that Jesus Christ died for us, and so we all have died for him. Verse 15 says that we will live our life as he is living and verse 17 says that we are new creatures, that is, it is not us who is living but it is Jesus Christ who is living our life in us. Then, why does preachers use the cliché that he and him alone is giving us salvation? Another, they use this scripture as the gospel to say that Jesus died is the gospel and what all we have to do is to believe it. Let us see the verses. "I Corinthians 15:1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:" Apostle Paul says in the first two verses, that he has preached the gospel to them and they will be in salvation if they keep doing what he has preached to them. But, the actual preaching is not repeated in this context. Our preachers taking advantage of this situation, and preach to believe the death, burial, and resurrection for their salvation. Believing what the author of salvation went through is important, but it will not give eternal life or salvation. It is not the gospel. Please reject such false preachers. But, he died for our sins and became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him. So, we must obey him in order to be saved.
We Christians believe in the Lord Jesus Christ for our salvation. However, the messages differ a little from church to church. But, I have not seen any church that preaches to obey Jesus Christ, that is to do what he tells us to do for our salvation. Jesus was not just killed for us to eat his meat and to drink his blood, and to have a good time of feasting and rejoicing. He was not killed in our place so that we my go scot-free from the punishments for our sins either. Both ways of teachings are wrong. "Hebrew 5:8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; 9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;" According to this verse, Jesus Christ suffered death, etc, and became the author of salvation. It says that Jesus Christ has learned obedience through sufferings and he will give eternal salvation to all who will obey him. That is, if we do not obey him, we will not receive his salvation. So, what to obey? Please read the lesson on this link and know what to obey for salvation: "Author of Salvation."
God Bless You