"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.
If we are righteous, we are already saved, (refer to 'what is salvation?'). Jesus did not come to save the saved. If we live in unrighteousness, we need salvation. God has mercy for the unrighteous people, who fear him and saves them from unrighteousness. After this process is done, they will do righteousness. If they don't do the works of righteousness, then their salvation is fake. They are not saved, because saved people walk in the path of righteousness. Let us study how God changes an unrighteous person into a righteous person. Let me quote the verse. "Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, (a) by the washing of regeneration, and (b) renewing of the Holy Ghost; 6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; 7 (c) That being justified by his grace, (d) we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Ephesians 2:10 (e) For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." Let us follow the above five steps (a-e) in the verses.
(a) By the washing of regeneration: Jesus Christ washes away the carnality that is dead in sins and regenerate them as spirituality that is the new creature, which will not sin. This person will be dead to sin and will live in Christ.
(b) Renewing of the Holy Ghost: The Holy Ghost makes the person totally new. "2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."
(c) Justified by his grace: Justified means, converted from being an unjust person into a just person. It is not calling an unjust person as righteous person, which will be a lie. The devil will lie, but God will not. The Lord Jesus Christ, by steps 'a' and 'b', has converted an unjust person to be a righteous person.
(d) We should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life: If we are made righteous (just) then, we will become heirs of eternal life.
(e) For we are his workmanship that we should walk in righteousness: If we are his workmanship, we should have been converted to righteous living, and we will be doing good works, but not sin. If not, we are not his workmanship. Let us look one scripture, which they often quote.
"Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." False preachers are very happy to preach verses 8 and 9. But they pretend as verse 10 does not exist. Verses 8 and 9 say that we did not do any works and we were bankrupt on righteousness. Verse 8 says that God gave grace and verse 10 says that God did a work on us. In response to the work of God, the person will do the works of righteousness and walk in the life of holiness. This person is saved. If this change did not happen in the person then, God has not done his work, has not given his grace and has not saved the person, no matter what the person professes. Yes, the saved persons may have not done any works before, but they must be doing the works of righteousness now. If God did the work of conversion, the proof is the holy and righteous life of the person. This is the proof of their salvation. In absence of the proof, they are not saved. If they claim to be saved, then they are fake.
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