16. Grace, Faith, Hope, Saved, and the Judgment day.

"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega .. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, .. they .. have right to the tree of life, and .. enter .. the city."

 

I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India
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Declaration

We are saved by grace through faith. Grace is the power of Christ that makes a person perfect, and saves from sinning. Preachers turn the grace into lasciviousness. Faith is to believe in and to do what Jesus said. Jesus Christ will be the most righteous impartial judge on the judgment day.

Explanation

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Grace, salvation, faith, hope, and such are gifts from God. God gives gifts to his faithful servants and his children. But, God gives ministerial gifts even to rebellious workers. It is not our topic here. Let us study about grace, faith, hope, and salvation.

What is Grace?

Most Christians say that they are saved by grace through faith. It is their slogan. Let us study about it, beginning with grace. What is grace? Christians are taught that grace is an unmerited favor given to sinning Christians. But, the bible does not say this and it is the interpretation of Satan. Christians are happy since they can enjoy sin and heaven. So, they readily embrace the doctrine. Now let us see what is grace of God according to the bible. 2 Corinthians 12:9 says: "And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me." So, grace is the power of Jesus Christ that rests upon a weak person like apostle Paul, who cry out to God all the time, and depend on God. So, God gave him grace so that his weakness will become perfect strength. This grace is the power of Christ that will rest upon apostle Paul. If you and I got this grace, we will have perfect strength by the power of Christ that will rest upon us. This power will not be kept as a secret, but it will turn us to be the workmanship of God. Let us see how Paul witness his grace. "Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. 21 I do not frustrate the grace of God:" Apostle Paul says that he does not frustrate grace. How? He has died to self and Jesus Christ lives in his place. So, 'Grace of God' is not frustrated and so it is the manifestation of grace. Further, how does the power of Christ rests upon us? "Romans 5:17 ... much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ... 21 as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord." So, as Christ gives us his grace, he rules over us with his power and sees that we overcome sins. Or, it is that God's grace rules over us.

False Grace

But church people are chanting, that they are saved by grace, as they live in sin, boasting that it is their special privilege they have in Christ to commit sin and go to heaven. Preachers say that grace is an unmerited favor and they pretend as all the church people have grace. God's grace will not help people to commit sin, but it will destroy sin. But, ungodly men have become pastors and preachers in churches, and preach false grace to lead people in sin. They have turned grace into lasciviousness. It is considered that sin and lust is acceptable to God for eternal life because of God's grace. "Jude 1:4.. there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness." God curses false preachers. Yet there are many false preachers, because common Christians love them and love false gospel. "Galatians 1:6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ." Still they have no fear of God, put up a show and preach false grace, false gospel and deceive people. "1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. 6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:" Here, God says that God gives grace to the humble, and that he requires us to submit to God. They are proud, arrogant and ignorant.

What is faith and Hope?

Next to grace is faith for salvation. What is faith? Hope and faith come in one package. If our hope is to inherit the kingdom of God and if we walk in the ways that God tells us to walk, then our walk is called faith. But, if our faith is that Jesus Christ will never forsake us no matter what we do, it is not faith, even though we use the name of God. Jesus has never said such a thing. So, it is just rubbish.

Faith is what we do with confidence, that we will receive the things we hoped for. Hope is our desire or wish that we seek after. If our confidence is evidently visible in the way we do things or live, then this confidence is known as faith. If we do not do anything, then our confidence is dead faith, or it is mere bluff or lie. "James 2:26 …as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also." If our hope is to inherit the kingdom of God, if the source of our confidence is God, and if we walk in the ways that God tells us to walk to inherit his kingdom, then we have godly faith. "Mark 11:22 … Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. Hebrews 11:1 faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." 1 Peter 1:21 says, "...by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God." This has evidence, and it is based on what God has said. Such faith is true faith. "2 Corinthians 4:14 Knowing that he (God) which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you." Then, we also will be raised on that day.

We shall be like him

What is the hope of a Christian? "1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is." What is the work that he must do to obtain it? "1 John 3:3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure." Christians, as children of God, hope to be glorified like Jesus Christ, and to see him as he comes. Those who have this hope purify themselves as Jesus Christ is pure. So, if our hope is followed up by the work of faith, then our hope is true hope.

His People are Saved

Again, our text scripture is: Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; It is that we are saved. If we do not know what God meant what saved is, all is waste. Let us see how Jesus Christ saves us. Matthew 1:21 says, "... call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins." It says that Jesus Christ will save his people from their sins. "2 Corinthians 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? In verse 15 &16 also he tells us to be separate ourselves from the evil people, and then God says, I will be their God, and they shall be my people." God saves these people from their sins, that is Jesus Christ will removes their sins from them. As Acts 3:26 says, Jesus Christ will turn away every one from their iniquities. This is the salvation of Jesus Christ. This will give them inheritance in the kingdom of God.

The judgment day

"Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: John 5:22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: Revelation 22:11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. 12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. 13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last." So, we will be standing with all that we have done, before the righteous judge the Lord Jesus Christ. If we want him as our high priest, mediator, advocate, intercessor, and such, it will be while we are yet alive, but not at the judgment seat. Christians think that the forgiveness and salvation is done at the judgment seat. It is not an acquittal. Jesus Christ will be our High Priest, Mediator, Advocate, and Intercessor while we are living. He will give us his spirit, power, spirit, and such things if we ask him. But, if we ignore all the opportunities, thinking that we will get all these things and a glorious acquittal on the judgment day, we will be thoroughly disappointed. On the Judgment, the Lord Jesus Christ will be the most righteous judge, who will judge strictly according to what we have done in our life. Galatians 6 7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. God says, be not deceived. We can change our destiny now.

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Please look at a few of these links for more information: "Judgment", "Grace", "Grace Saves", "False Gospel", "Gospel." Thank you.

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