"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.
The Bible is clear on all subjects. It has no contradictions. But preachers, who serve themselves and the devil, preach contradictions using the Bible to promote their doctrines. Let us study this subject also from the Bible. "Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: 2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad." Saved means that the person escaped (saved) from a disaster, danger, etc. It is done in life, it has happened, it is in past tense. So, we must know what are we saved from, according to the Bible, and we must be able to verify it in the real life. I have written an article about salvation, etc, and rather than writing the whole thing again, let me give the link of the article so that you may study that lesson and come back to this. Click on this link: 'Salvation'.
Christians think that they are saved from the punishments for sins while they yet enjoy sins. But as long as someone is sinning, they are not saved from punishment, because God is righteous Judge. "Acts 17:31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness. Revelation 19:2 For true and righteous are his judgments:" The Bible often reminds that God is the most holy righteous judge, who judges without any partiality. But Christians think that God saves them in judgment. But, Jesus Christ saves his people from their sins. "Matthew 1:21 ... thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins." Jesus Christ does not save anybody from hell, but he sends people to hell. "John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God." God gave his only begotten Son for the world. God saved those who came to him, believed him and obeyed him. But, Christians say that they believe Jesus Christ, but they do not believe him enough to do what he tells them to do. They believe some preachers, who will say some nonsense stories about him. The preachings of Jesus Christ is recorded in the Bible. Christians will not believe them, and so they will not obey them. Only those who believe what Jesus Christ says, will obey him. Refer these links for: "Sin" & "Sinner".
Jesus Christ preached repentance as the first condition so that we may have a part with the kingdom of heaven. "Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Apostle Paul also confirms that God commands everybody to repent. "Acts 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:" At the revelation, Jesus Christ visited Apostle John and sent messages to the Churches requiring them to repent in order to be saved. "Revelation 2:5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. 16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. 21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. 22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. Revelation 3:3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent." Without repentance there will be no salvation. We can have an integral part in saving others also if we have the compassion of God. "Jude 1:22 And of some have compassion, making a difference: 23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh." Repentance is the first step and the foremost important step towards salvation, or to be saved. "2 Timothy 2:25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;" If we are repeatedly rebellious towards God, God may not even give repentance to you. Then, you will not repent and God will close the door of salvation to you for ever. Please click on the link about forgiveness of God: 'Forgiven'.
Almost all Christians say that they are saved. So they should go to heaven when they die. It is a big relief to them from a scary unknown future. But, it is not true. Jesus Christ gives his word, grace and power by to his people. Jesus Christ will lead them through righteousness and takes them to eternal life. Those who live in sin will find their way to eternal death. "Romans 5:21 as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
We think that people commit sin because of their lustful desires. As true as it is, the devil began sinning and he makes people to commit sin. The Lord Jesus Christ came to destroy the works of the devil and free people. "1 John 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil." If we are still committing sin, we are of the devil. Even though we were committing sin, If we must submit to Jesus Christ, we will be saved from sin.
"Matthew 1:21 ... call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins." Even though Jesus Christ died for the whole world, he will save only his people. Who are his people? "Galatians 5:24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts." His people are those who have already crucified their flesh with the affections and lusts, but not those who still live in sin. "Romans 3:25 ... God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;" His grace stops the future sins of his people and his righteousness forgives their past sins by his blood. They are saved from sins and from hell as well as from the lake of fire. Now they are saved.
As Jesus Christ was teaching his disciple to pray, he imposed a condition of forgiveness. After completing the prayer he brought this one condition again to re-emphasize that God will not forgive them unless we forgive others. "Matthew 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses."
We must have faith in order to be saved. "Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: ---." Salvation will be given to only those who obey the doctrine of Jesus Christ. "Hebrews 5:9 --- he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;" God wants sinners to confess their sins and to walk in the light as God is in the light so that God may forgive them and clean their unrighteousness. "1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." We must obey the doctrine of God, stop serving sin and start obeying righteousness, in order to be saved from sin. "Romans 6:17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. 18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness." We have to strive hard to become saved. "Luke 13:23 Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, 24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able." We have to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling. "Philippians 2:12 --- as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling." We must endure until the end to be saved. "Matthew 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved." We have to yield the fruit of holiness in our life in order to receive everlasting life. "Romans 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life." For details read the link: "Salvation".
A person is born with soul and body. Until he receives the spirit of man he is considered as dead person (spiritually) and he lives in trespasses and sins. As he is convicted of his sins and repented sincerely with all his soul, God gives him the spirit of man so that he may live a spiritual life. At this point he is born again. "John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." Then he receives the grace of God, which is the "doctrine, power and abiding of God." He is enabled by the power of grace to obey the doctrine of God. He obeys the commandments of God, and is loved by Jesus Christ. His commandments are not hard to do if we want to obey them. "1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous." As he obeys, Jesus Christ and God the Father love him and abide with him. "John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments. 21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me:---. 23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him." As they abide in him, he cannot and will not commit sin. "1 John 3:5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. 6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not ... 9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God." So, he is saved by the abiding of God. But this is a process that takes time. For details please click and read this: 'Born Again'.
Saved by grace is also explained in these verses. "Ephesians 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 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. 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;)." Those who commit sin are considered as dead (spiritually). Then God quickens them (brings them to life) from the dead. Dead is living in sin and life is living without sin. So now they are saved, which is living without sin. Second verse describes their past life while they were living in sin. Third verse describes their past life while they had fellowship with sinners. Verses 4&5 say that God raised him from the life of sin, which was death, to the life of Christ, which is life. This is salvation. Previously they were committing sins as well as having fellowship with sinners. Now their life is with Christ, which is without sin. This is summarized as "by grace ye are saved". This is the salvation of God. God saved them. Please click this to read about grace: 'Grace'.
It is God who will sanctify you wholly, your spirit, soul and body be preserved blameless for the coming of the Lord. But foolish preachers say that you will be righteous and holy after you die. And. ignorant congregation shout halleluiah for that stupidity. You want God to come and purify your dead body after you die and how will you live a righteous and holy life after you die? It will not happen.Hebrews 9:27 says "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:"
Let us not be deceived. Salvation of God is freedom from sin itself. Our righteous living will bring us eternal reward. "Revelation 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be." One of the reward for our righteous works will be the privilege to be seated in the very throne of God to judge and to rule with God. "Revelation 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne." Why don't we go for it? It is the good pleasure of God to give the kingdom to his little flock, which follows him wherever he goes. "John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: Luke 12:32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." Please you may look at one article and two videos from these links: 1) 'Live Holy', 2) 'Sinless', and 3) 'Perfect'.
False preachers say that we all will be sinning, but with no punishment because of grace. They call it as 'saved by grace.' It is deception. The Bible says that Jesus Christ will save his people from their sins. If they do not sin anymore by the grace of God, then God will forgive their past sins and then they are saved. Jesus Christ will not save them from the punishment for sins as they are committing sins. Romans 5:21.. sin hath reigned unto death,. 6:16 whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness. 23 For the wages of sin is death;... Matthew 1:21 – call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Examine yourself. If you do not commit sin, you are saved from sins. If you do not have power to stop sinning, ask God to help you. God may save you from your sins, if you really love to be pure.
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