"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, ... 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.
Romans 2:6-11 say, "Who will render to every man according to his deeds: 7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: 8 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, 9 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; 10But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: 11 For there is no respect of persons with God." Verses 6 & 11 say that God will not do any personal favor to anybody, even if we are Christians and claim the umbrella of grace over us, and his judgment will be strictly according to what we do. So, what we do, or how do we live, is vital for our salvation. Verses 7 & 10 say that if we continue in well doing and do good works of righteousness, we will have eternal life. It is religious to say that Jesus is Lord, and believe that we are saved. But, if we say that Jesus is Lord and do not live according to what he says, then he is not our Lord and we are just liars. So, life is important, and clichés are not. Verses 8 & 9 say that if we are contentious, evil, unrighteous, or do not obey God, we will be in the wrath of God that is hell or the lake of fire. So, our good works of righteousness and obedience to God are mandatory for salvation, which is eternal life.
1 Timothy 5 says, "24 Some men's sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after. 25 Likewise also the good works of some are manifest beforehand; and they that are otherwise cannot be hid." Verse 24 says that both open sins and secret sins will be judged. Verse 25 says that every good works will be seen. But we say, 'only God knows.' Verse 25 says, good works will be noticed and there are no secret good works. So, if others have not seen it, we probably do not have it. However, it is not important to convince people.
Jesus Christ says in Matthew 5:16, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." Jesus Christ tells us to show our good works to men, so that they may see and glorify God the Father. But, it is a trend that preachers boldly proclaim that we are not save by good works, as if it is sin. The devil is behind it to say, not to do good works and say that we are not saved by it. But, Jesus Christ says in Matthew 16:27 "For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works." Again, preachers say that rewards does not mean heaven, and if you need heaven, you should not do be by works. But, the truth is, if you need to go to heaven, it is according to good works. They say many foolish things, and foolish people listen to them. We cannot stop them. But, we can escape these silly traps of Satan, if we follow the word of God.
However: Titus 3:5 says, "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, ." Most prominent preachers, who are false preachers, quote just this verse and say that works of righteousness, we will not save us, but it is just the mercy of God that saves us. By saying this, they tell believers that salvation is not by obeying God, but believing that God will take us to heaven, no matter what we do. They turn believers to church worships, praise songs, which are rituals or ceremonies in the name of God and turn them to religious living, which will benefit the churches and evangelists materially. But Jesus Christ has rebuked this practice and said that these things will not save us. Now, let us see the verse in its context. Titus 3:3 to 5 say, "For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. 4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, 5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;" Here, verses 3, 4, and portion of 5 are one one substance and the rest is another. Verse 3 says that we were sinning. Verse 4 says that Jesus Christ came as a man because of his love. Verse 5 says that he came, not because we lived a righteous life, but we were living in sin. That is, if we were living righteously, he didn't have to come. Because we were living in sin, he came to save us. So, the segment "Not by works of righteousness which we have done" is his reason for his coming. How did he save us is an entirely different subject, which is explained right after the sentence. It is "but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;" Salvation is "by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;." That is, Jesus Christ regenerate by washing with his blood, and make the person new by the Holy Ghost to save a person. So, Jesus Christ saved us from sinning, that is, he converted us to be righteous, (it is written about those who were saved, but not them who were yet living in sin.) It is 'by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;' With the regeneration and renewal, they will perfectly obey God. Deuteronomy 6:25 "And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the LORD our God, as he hath commanded us. Romans 6:16 says, Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?" So, now they are perfectly righteous by their obedience. Jesus Christ came when they were not righteous and converted them to be righteous. Of course God has love and mercy toward the whole world and that is why he became a man. But only those who obey him will be made righteous. Hebrews 5:9 being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; False preachers take a portion of the verse and preach it to say that we do not have to obey God in order to be saved. It is a deliberate twist of the Bible. As an attorney twists the words of a witness by picking only segments of a statement and will not allow him/her to tell the complete story, false preachers take the portions of a verse from the word of God and twist it to hide the truth. It is the crookedness of the devil. Bust God says, He "will render to every man according to his deeds:"
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