"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.
As in Matthew 7, Jesus Christ says: "13) Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14) Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. 15) Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves." In the first 2 verses, Jesus Christ tells us to strive diligently to enter into eternal life. But false preachers teach that salvation in not by works. And they say that striving is works and so we must not strive. Since Christians desire to be free riders, they reject the striving of Jesus and accept the non-striving of preachers, saying that striving is works. Preachers say the work of our salvation must be done totally by Christ and by him alone, and if we do anything to obtain salvation, it will be works against Christ, and we will be damned in hell. This is opposite to what Jesus Christ has preached. Knowing that his teachings would be twisted and misused, Jesus Christ in verse 15, cautions us to beware of false teachers. He knew that these false teachers would appear outwardly good, but would be inwardly evil, deceptively teaching falsehoods that lead to spiritual death. These false teachings are sugar-coated poison. Beware of them, and be fully aware that the churches are disseminated by messengers of Satan. When Jesus Christ came to the world, there were almost no true servants of God in the temple. Jesus Christ says in Luke 18:8 "... Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?" It appears that this time has come and almost all preachers are false in churches. Churches have become exactly as the temple at the time of Jesus, even the high priest became the enemy of God.
Matthew 7:21-24 say, "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. 24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:" Here, Jesus Christ explains two kinds of works. Call Jesus Christ 'Lord, Lord,' which is flattering him, which is typical of our worship, and it is not counted for salvation. But, we are required to do the works that is 'the will' of God the Father, that is to obey the commandments of Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 4:3-7 say, "this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: 4 That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; 5 Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God: 6 That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. 7 For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness." So, holy living is required and accepted as good works. But, the works of telling prophesies, casting out devils and doing miracles, will not be counted for salvation of a person. But rather, the obedience to the preaching of Jesus Christ will be considered as good works that is built on the rock, and it is counted for salvation.
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