(08/13/2019) That Not Of Yourselves

Posted: August 13, 2019 in Christian Beliefs, Creation, Divine Order, Faith, Grace, Justification, Law, Obedience, Purpose, Salvation
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Today, reply is on the dependence of salvation on the sacred element of grace, rather than on eternal condemnation, obedience, and other features associated with sacred law. Sinners are not justified by their own works, rather by the works of GOD. Many Christians speak of grace as unmerited favor, a special show of kindness, and of pardon for offenses. However, there is no “cause” or justification for displays of grace except that they are authentic expressions of the otherwise invisible and unseen personhood within divinity. In addition to gratitude and humility, the correct response to the grace of GOD that developing believers will provide include consistency, faithfulness, obedience, respect, righteousness, and trust. It is written: John 1: 15-17, King James Version (KJV): 15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. 16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. 17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” Religion and Spirituality public forum who uses the ID “Forrest Toney” (Level 7 with 80,871 points, a member since February 12, 2011) posted the following:

 

How many Christians believe that they will escape Hell even though they don’t obey all of Jesus’ sayings?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses. And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter. And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they. (Acts 15: 5-11, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: We Must Acknowledge Christ (08/08/2019); Salvation Through Jesus Christ (03/25/2019); The Platform of Spirit (03/21/2019); Displaying Faith Through Works (03/04/2019); The Gift Of GOD (10/15/2018); The Gift(s) From GOD (04/08/2018); Jesus Paid It All (04/04/2018); Yes, Jesus Did Die (04/01/2018); How Are We Justified? (03/05/2018)

 

Forrest Toney”, in the same way Jesus Christ appears through the accord of divinity and not of himself, sinners are saved by grace (divine accord) rather than human devices. Among mature Christian believers, the operations and purposes of the law are directed to the functioning of Creation and the further putting forth of divine order, rather than to salvation and the recovery of mankind from sin. While sacred law defines, exposes, identifies sin, and makes a peculiar expression of divine love, the law itself does not declare forbearance, forgiveness, mercy, reconciliation, or redemption. Where believers focus on the judicial and legal concepts important to having benefits through the law, many continue in error failing to apprehend also that the invisible, unseen character, personhood, process, and substance of divinity are being openly displayed and revealed.

Sinners are saved by grace, an aspect of the full makeup of GOD. Without a saving relationship to divinity, whether they are conscious of it or not, ones condition by godly standards must be that of condemnation, guiltiness, misery, shame, and wretchedness. By the actions of grace, GOD dismisses both the darkness and negativity of their inner person, and their outward lifestyle, so to speak. Choosing to come to Christ, sinners are encouraged through changes, discoveries, new opportunities, and new possibilities.

Because of GOD’s grace embodied as Jesus Christ, inseparable aspects of the makeup of GOD are imparted to indwell those welcoming Christ through their own repentance. Included are faith, holiness, joy, respect, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin. Every element and feature required for salvation is supplied, so that GOD’s grace is said to be “all sufficient.” Thus, more than simply that GOD has divine prerogative and the authority to do as he pleases, grace describes the flowing together of many different sacred elements and operations. Included are benevolence, generosity, eternal purpose, impartiality (no bias, bigotry, prejudice), and sovereign will. The elements of desire, determination, preference, and self-will (willpower) within the sinner have no effect or power to cause or determine a person’s salvation from the divine judgment against sin. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

1. 2nd Corinthians 12: 6-10, King James Version (KJV): 6 For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me. 7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

2. Ephesians 2: 4-7, KJV: 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;) 6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

3. Ephesians 2: 8-10, KJV: 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.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 4. John 1: 10-13, KJV: 10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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