"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.
Editorial Help : Sister Lynn near Atlanta, GA
Everybody knows the Scripture that says "by grace we are saved." Let us see the Scripture verses. "Ephesians 2:1 you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins: 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)" So, we were dead in sins, that is, our position in sins is death according to God. But God in his mercy, has quickened us, that is, raised us from the position of committing sins and death, that is, we will not be committing sins. Also, we will be together with Christ, That is, Christ and we are together. This is called by grace ye are saved;. Verse 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." They are saved by grace and faith, which are gifts of God and by this the recipients of this epistle are saved. But we think that we are saved. Gifts are not given to strangers, but to loved ones, to sincere employees, and so on. They have received the gifts from God. But most Christians are rebels and they cannot receive gifts of God. So, they are not saved from their sins as these believers were saved from their sins. They were pulled out of their trespasses and sins and so raised from death. But we are not pulled out of our sins and trespasses, and so we are not saved. Christians are taught that we are saved because we read this epistle. It is a deception.
In verses 2 and 3, God explains what is to be saved. God announces them as saved in verse 5 and 8. "Ephesians 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others." What is it in the verses 2 and 3? Verse 2 says that previously (in time past) they were committing sins, (a) walked according to the course of this world, (b) walked according to the prince of the power of the air, and (c) walked according to the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:. Verse 3 also says that previously (in time past) they were living in the lusts of their flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. Now they do not walk that way anymore. So now they are saved by grace. Their previous life style of sin became past history. Their new life does not have sin. This is the salvation given by God. Even after they are free from sinning, they still have to continue in Christ to stay saved. So, the cliché "once saved always saved" is not true. They can fall back to commit sin, if they do not keep themselves in Christ. There is no sin in Christ, and no sin can enter Christ. We are either in Christ, or in sin, but not in both. But most celebrity preachers say that they commit sin every day and say that they are saved. They lie and they are of the devil.
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