For not the hearers of the Law are just before God, but the doers of the law will be justified.
The just man is the one who does the law.
To be just means to be righteous.
The just or righteous person does the law.
Therefore to justify someone is to make them a doer of the law.
Therefore to justify someone is to make them righteous.
But who is the one who justifies a person to make them a doer of the law?Is it those who try really hard to obey? Or is it God alone?No it cannot be the ones who just try really hard to obey God, who haven’t given themselves to Him all the way yet and let His Spirit fill them, who are the ones who can obey Him! Because we discovered in Part 1, God is the only one who can make us righteous, because there is no one who is good but God alone. Matthew 19:16, Mark 10:18. So if you want to be good, you must get help from God to do so!
And as we discovered in Part 1:
Those who have faith in God will be made righteous by Him.
In Part 1 we pulled in Galatians 2:16, because it appeared by some to contradict Romans 2:13.
“Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.” Galatians 2:16 KJV.
We have already addressed this apparent issue in Part 1, but we need to address other issues that may have arisen in your mind regarding this passage.
The thought that many have is that since ‘by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified,’ then it must follow that doing good works is bad.We want to see if it is really true that doing good works is bad or not, and if God still expects us to obey Him (if we are under grace and not under the Law). We want to find out if bad is really good and good is bad, which is the natural conclusion of what some people teach. Whether bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter. Isaiah 5:20. Is this really true? Keep reading and find out.
So we will continue our topic of what it means when God justifies us – of being justified – of being made a doer of the law. In this article we will focus on some of the counter ideas which many teach that contradict the Bible.
Are “good works” really bad?
The belief that good works are bad is contradicted by Paul who declared that we were created in Christ Jesus for good works: "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." Ephesians 2:10 NASB. If God is working in you to will and to do His good pleasure, then these good works are acceptable to Him. Philippians 2:13. Notice that Paul said that ‘God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.’What is he talking about here? God has prepared ahead of time that we should walk in good works. This really goes against what many people are teaching nowadays!How can it be that all good works are bad, if God prepared ahead of time that we should walk in them?This contradicts what many believe doesn’t it?God prepared beforehand a way that you and I can have good works!How did God prepare ahead of time?By Jesus’ death on the cross for our sins – to make atonement for them, and by providing the Holy Spirit to write His Law of love in our heart and help us obey Him. John 3:3,5,16-17; 2 Corinthians 5:14-15; Romans 5:8-11; 1 John 2:1-2; 4:10; Jeremiah 31:31-34, Ezekiel 11:18-20; 36:25-30; Deuteronomy Acts 2; and Joel 2; Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4-5, 8; 2:37-39; John 7:37-39; Matthew 22:35-40.
Are we to continue in sin so that grace may more abound?
“What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase?May it never be!How shall we who died to sin still live in it?Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death?Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him,in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin.Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him.For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.” Romans 6:1-14 NASB.
Let us review again what brother Paul declared above: Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase?
Are we to continue in sin so that grace may more abound? God forbid!May it NEVER BE!Many people miss this point and simply pick up part of the phrase after it: “you are not under law but under grace,” while ignoring the rest of this passage - which contradicts their view. Let us not take Paul out of context here.Paul continues:If you died with Jesus (i.e. if you were buried with Him in baptism) and were resurrected with Him - your old self should have been crucified with Him, and you should have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life – this should have made you free.Dear reader, are you free?Have you died with Christ in the likeness of His death?Have you been resurrected with Him in the likeness of His resurrection, walking in the newness of life yet?If you have, you should not be a slave to sin anymore, and you should have the power to be a better, kinder and gentler person; you should be walking in newness of life.Are you walking in newness of life now?Are you dead to sin yet?If you have died to sin you will be freed from the slavery of sin, or else you have not fully died with Jesus yet.If you have died to sin, the body of your sin has been done away with as Paul declared.
If you have died to sin, you will have been raised up in the likeness of Jesus’ resurrection to walk in newness of life, as Paul declared.
Yes, we repeated it again, because we want you to get it.
What did Paul really mean when he said that ‘you are not under law but under grace?’
If the idea that ‘you are not under law but under grace’ means that you do not need to obey God, then why is it that Paul stated ‘for sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace?’This indicates that if you are under grace, sin shall not be master over you! Don’t miss this point! To ignore this is to not understand what Paul wrote. ‘Why did Paul write: “Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness’?The idea that some have is that since we are not under the law but under grace that this means we don’t need to obey God. This contradicts what Paul wrote.He said no such thing.Paul clearly states that we are not to let sin reign in our bodies, i.e. we are not to give ourself over to sin, or be caught up in repeated sinful addictions.If you are under grace, sin will not have the mastery over you.Paul does not mean that you are free from the need to obey the Law, ‘for the Law is good’ (1 Timothy 1:8 NASB), for you were created in Christ Jesus for good works! Ephesians 2:10.
So we see here that there is another meaning to being ‘under grace’. We learned from Paul above that God’s grace is not only forgiveness for your sins that you do not deserve. But we also learned from Paul above that:
If you choose to be ‘under grace’ (from God), sin will not have the mastery over you.
If you choose to be ‘under grace’ (from God), you will not have sinful addictions that you cannot break by His power.
If you choose to be ‘under God’s grace’, God will free you from sin and addictions.
Those who are not under grace or do not have the power of the Holy Spirit fully in their life cannot have true self-control over every aspect of their life, and will eventually be caught up in sin or addictions of some kind.
But Grace is both the power and the forgiveness of God! Note what Paul declared here: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” Romans 1:16 KJV. Now what is the gospel of Christ?It is the ‘power of God unto salvation’.To whom is this salvation given?‘To every one that believeth’.Who else?No one else.The gospel of Christ is only the power of God unto salvation to those who believe.It is for no one else.Now what is salvation?Salvation is to be saved from sin. In a prophecy given by the angel of the Lord about Jesus in a dream to Joseph (Mary’s husband) he said, “And she [Mary] shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21 KJV. Jesus’ mission was and is to save ‘his people from their sins’, as the angel of the Lord plainly declared. And the apostle John plainly declared: “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.” 1 John 3:8 KJV. From this we get that Jesus’ mission was to destroy the works of the devil, which is sin. And John the Baptist also declared: ‘Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.’ John 1:29 KJV. Now what does this mean: the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world?It means that Jesus came to take away the sins of the world like John plainly declared!Amen! Hallelujah!Jesus came to take away your sins in the past and in the present by forgiveness, and to take away your sins in the future, if you let Him, by helping you to overcome. John 16:33; 1 John 4:4; 5:4; Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 26; 3:5, 12, 21; 21:7. Jesus came for this purpose – ‘to take away the sins of the world’ – literally! (For those who let Him.) He came to destroy the works of the devil which is sin. Amen! Hallelujah! Amen!
Without yielding to and obeying the Holy Spirit, no one can have complete self-control over every bad thought, word and deed in their life. Thus it is necessary for those wanting to be saved to keep their heart humble and contrite before God. “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” Proverbs 16:18 RSV. Those who have not kept humbling themselves before God, kept confessing their sins to Him (1 John 1:9), or are living a careless life of indifference to His requirements, or trying to be good by themselves, have not died with Jesus in His death and have not been raised with Him in the likeness of His resurrection. They will not stay under grace or be under grace unless they repent. Those who don’t repent will come under the curse of the law, which is the penalty of death. But “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us -- for it is written, ‘CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE’ -- in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” Galatians 3:13-14 NASB. The law condemns sin, but Jesus came to free you from your shackles to it.
What does the phrase ‘you are not under law but under grace’ mean?
That is the question.Some people have taught that all people will be saved, since we are now ‘under grace’. By this it is implied that all people good or bad after Jesus’ death will be saved automatically. This is universalism.Others teach that once we have our initial conversion and are baptized - from then on we are under grace.This is once-saved-always-saved.Then they teach that from then on we will remain ‘under grace’, implying that there is no more need of confession, humbling our heart before God, giving our heart to Him again every day, dying daily to sin (1 Corinthians 15:31), or for repentance - that we are automatically saved after this – regardless. There are a surprising number of people who believe one or the other of these two propositions or something suspiciously close to them. (They may deny it if you ask them whether they believe this.)
We learned from Galatians 3:13 above that Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law.What is the curse of the law?Death. Paul declares: “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23 KJV. When do we come under the curse or the penalty of the law?Do we come under the curse of the law: 1) every time we sin, 2) every time we sin before we gave our heart to the Lord and were baptized but after that never again, or 3) never since everyone is under grace, because of Jesus death on the cross?
Do we come under the curse of the law anymore since everyone is under grace?
This is Universalism. This belief ultimately leads to the idea that there is no more sin, since Jesus died on the cross for us over 2000 years ago.Or it leads people to think that God is giving people a free pass on sin - that all will be saved whether they asked God for mercy and repented or not. (Because some say that we are now under grace.) This contradicts the Bible in too many places to mention. If there were no more sin and wrong or if everyone was given a free pass on sin, there would be no point in worrying about whether we are doing what is right or not.Are people still locked up in prison in our day for murder, theft and other crimes?Yes.Then sin and wrong are still with us in this world today. Are there still wars and atrocities being committed in various parts of the world?Yes.Then sin and wrong are still with us in this world today. Where would be the justice if the governments of this world held their citizens to a higher standard than God does? How could anybody believe that God will save everyone when there is so much sin and wrong in this world? Therefore the law still condemns all sin and wrong in the world, because God’s standard is infinitely higher than man’s.
Do we come under the curse of the law only when we sinned before we gave our heart to the Lord, but never again afterwards?
This leads to the two extreme ideas that Christians can no longer sin or that God now gives Christians a free pass on sin after they give their heart to Him.
Are Christians sinless after they give their heart to the Lord and are baptized? No! There have been “Christians” in jail or on death row for their crimes and some have turned their back on God and never returned to Him. The apostle John declares: “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” 1 John 1:8 KJV. So Christians are not without sin. If Christians are not without sin, then they will come under the law again after they sin, until they confess to God and repent again.
Do Christians get a free pass on sin after they give their heart to the Lord? No. If someone believes this they can stop trying to do the right thing and wait until the judgement comes, to see if God really gives them a free pass on sin or not... But this is a dangerous thing to do! This is once-saved-always-saved.
Do we come under the curse of the law every time we sin?
Yes - we come under the penalty of death every time we sin, because the law condemns sin!Every time you sin you come under the curse of the law again, unless you are forgiven by God. The law makes no distinction whether someone professes to be a Christian or not. Because ‘the wages of sin is death’ (Romans 6:23) and because sin is the transgression of the law (1 John 3:4 KJV), it is plain enough that whether someone claims to be a Christian or not, if they sin, they earn the wages of sin whenever they break God’s law.This is because sin is the transgression of the law and the law condemns sin, not just for the unbeliever.The governments of this world don’t give their citizens a free pass on breaking their laws, so why would God give them a pass on sin? Much of what is written in the Bible would make no sense, if someone didn’t have to be concerned about going back to their old ways once they became a Christian.
You earn the wages of sin whenever you sin.
That is why it is a wage, because you earn it or deserve it. Whenever you sin you earn death. But the gift of God is eternal life.
Can Christians fall from grace after they give their heart to the Lord and are baptized?
Yes.We know that there are some who teach that after we give our heart to the Lord, that we can’t be lost afterwards because God is so strong – but this removes our power of choice. A related question is:Can someone stop believing in Jesus after they give their heart to Him? There are those who strongly assert that you can know if you are saved and that you cannot lose your salvation once you get it. But if you bring up the fact that there are Christians who have done very bad things or completely walked away from their faith - they will admit this can happen, but quickly add that those people who did that were never really saved. This leads to the question: How can someone know if they are saved,since a Christian can leave their faith never to return? (By their own admission.) Using their logic, the only way that someone could know for sure if they are saved or not is when they enter the kingdom of Heaven.But this contradicts their first proposition that someone can know if they are saved!This robs people of the comforting personal assurance of their salvation that God wants to give them.Did any of the people who left the church believe that they were saved?We think that many of them did.And did any of these people who left the church, who thought that they were saved, also believe in once-saved-always-saved? Yes, we think so. It’s hard to believe that none of the people who back slid from God, who were a Christian at one time, never had the belief that they were being saved before they back slid. So if someone believes in once-saved-always-saved, then they really hold a confusing belief, if they really think about it, - that they really don’t know if they are saved or not. Or they simply believe that they are saved, but this may not in fact be the case, since some Christians have left the faith (by their own admission meaning that they were never saved). They are not on the solid ground that they think they are on, and hold contradictory beliefs. This leads us to the question:
Can a Christian backslide from the truth and leave God?
The very term “back slider” indicates that someone fell from the truth or the faith!How could they backslide from the truth or the faith if they never had it?Doesn’t make sense. You can’t lose what you don’t have! There are examples of people in the Bible who were doing what was right, who later turned their back on God.And we have read about and have known some people who had a walk with Jesus, who backslid from the faith.We know without a doubt that at least one of them had the Holy Spirit in full! We can tell that by their writings – their writings were so wonderful and full of beautiful truth that touched our soul and many other people! But something terrible happened to them (persecution) and they fell and as far as we know they never returned to God before they died – only God knows. The writings they wrote before they fell had a profound effect on me! They helped me give my heart to God all-the-way and get the Holy Spirit! What? How could someone who was never really converted or saved help me or anyone else get the Holy Spirit?Spiritual things are spiritually discerned (1 Corinthians 2:14 KJV) – it is impossible for an unconverted person to impart the Holy Spirit to anyone else – they can’t give what they don’t have. Jeremiah 2:13; Matthew 13:12; 2 Peter 2:17; Jude 1:12. To say that all of these people who left the faith never had a relationship with Jesus and were never saved is ridiculous and untrue.And we gave you our testimony of some people who were saved, who were most likely lost later.
There were times in my own life after my baptism as a boy, where I was doing my own thing and not living right all the way, and was drifting from God. But God brought me back. I know that I had a choice to repent and do what God was asking me to do, or go my own way. No one can convince me that I had no choice in repenting from my sins and asking God to help me be good again.That was my choice.God never forced me to return to Him, but He did not give up on me either. But He worked on my heart, and I wanted to be forgiven, and He changed my life again. God will not remove your choice either as long as you live: whether you are good or bad, righteous or wicked, young or old.The only one who can take your salvation away from you is yourself by your choice. But not choosing is also a choice.
Formula: Believe in Jesus = being saved
What does John 3:16 say? “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.” John 3:16 KJV.
1) Do you believe that Jesus can save you? Have you asked Him to save you? 2) Do you still believe (after many years since you were baptized) whether Jesus can save you? Have you asked Him to save you? Yes. Then you are being saved right now! See how easy it is to know for sure if you are being saved right now?
The soul that sinneth it shall die.The only way you can have eternal life is if your sin is taken away.Jesus has to die for your sins and you must accept His death for your sins. God declared, “Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.” Ezekiel 18:4 KJV.
The formula is: Soul sins = soul dies: (Or Jesus death must be substituted by faith for the life of the sinner.)
If you stop believing that Jesus and His Father can save you from your sins, then you are no longer saved, unless you believe again and repent. This is because your salvation is conditional on believing whether Jesus can save you or not. John 3:16. God never removes your power of choice.It will always be your choice. If you do not want to be saved you will not be saved or go to Heaven – it is as simple as that. God will not make you be saved. If God removed your power of choice at any time, that would be unfair; that would not be real love. Real love depends on a mutual exchange of love and affection; the choice to love the other by both parties involved.Real love is only based on choice.When choice is removed, there can be no more love.1st John 4:8 says that God is love.God would never remove your power of choice, no never! He holds this sacred. Your salvation depends on whether you believe and continue to believe in Jesus.But Christ is well able to help you to continue to believe in Him so as to be saved. Philippians 4:13. You still have the power of choice. But as to why someone would choose to be lost after they gave their heart to God all the way, we cannot tell. It is a mystery that cannot be really understood.
Romans 6 Revisited and Expanded
The remedy for the curse of the law must be applied every time you fall. It will help you to read more of our passage from Romans 6 to get the full meaning: “For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal lifethrough Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:20-23 KJV. When someone sins they need to confess, repent and forsake their sins again – because Jesus wants to make them free from sin, become a servant of God and have the fruit of holiness in their life – which leads to everlasting life. Jesus was your sin offering. He became sin in order to take away your sins. The curse of the Law is the penalty of breaking it – the wages of sin is death.Jesus wants to remove the curse of the Law by removing your sin, and by forgiving you, and helping you to overcome temptation, if you will allow Him to do this for you.Therefore Jesus came to free you from sin and from the transgression of the Law. Are you a servant of righteousness or free from righteousness?Are you a servant of sin or a servant of righteousness?Do you have the fruit of holiness in your life?
If you let Jesus make you free, you shall be free indeed.
Jesus Himself plainly declared, “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” John 8:36 KJV. This is freedom!Jesus gives freedom to the believer who wants to be truly free, who hungers and thirsts after His righteousness, they are no longer a slave to sin when He frees them.How do we know that Jesus didn’t mean that we were free to keep sinning, no worries, and that we don’t need to be freed from sin?Because He also declared just before this: ‘Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.’ John 8:34-36 KJV. So those who are in bondage to sin and addictions are NOT free.It is impossible for someone to be freed by Jesus and be in bondage to sin at the same time!There are only two choices here: 1) To be a servant or a slave of sin, or 2) To be made free by Jesus – free indeed – not a slave of sin anymore.
Dear reader are you still a slave to sin?
Jesus came to free you from this slavery and bondage of sin.He came to free you from the lusts of the flesh and slavery and help you to obey Him!Do you long to be free and want to be free?It is yours if you want it! You will be so happy if you make this choice for yourself, Jesus will take away all of your shame, and you will be able to look yourself in the mirror again and be happy that He loves you and died to save you and is saving you! You have been freed by what Jesus already did for you at the cross.It is only a matter for you to claim this freedom that Jesus bought for you, if you would have it. Jesus didn’t just die to save you so that you can go to Heaven and live forever, He also died to save you now, so that you can be happy and have all of your guilt gone, buried in the depths of the sea, never to be remembered anymore. “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:12 KJV. Is that what you want? To be free, guilt free?It is yours, Jesus bought it for you and wants to give it to you! So take it up! And take up the joy and peace of your salvation! Amen.
There is no reason for you to go around anymore with guilt, or to be a slave to sin or bad habits anymore, because Jesus came to make you free.
Do you believe that Jesus can make you free indeed like He promised?
Free from all sinful habits and addictions? Do you believe that He has the power to do this? Do you believe that all power was given to Jesus in Heaven and on Earth like He declared in Matthew 28:18?Do you believe that it follows that justifying someone makes them just (or righteous), which makes them a doer of the law?Do you believe that Jesus can make you righteous and a doer of the Law? Or do you think there is no help for you while you are living on this earth, and that Jesus can’t help you and that you are bound to an endless round of sinning and addictions? Do you believe that Paul taught that you were created in Christ Jesus for good works, ‘so that you would no longer be a slave to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin’? We hope so, because this is the blessed truth of the Gospel! This is our prayer for you. The other teachings that contradict this are ‘another Gospel’ and an anathema to the true believer.
Jesus came to free you from the guilt and shame of sin.It is your destiny, so take it up, and take up the joy of your salvation!It is yours to take up because Jesus died on the cross for your sins. Let Him have all of your sins, let Him take them all away and make you free indeed! What need do you have of any of these sins? Why not let Him take them all away from you?
To sum it all up:
Good works are not bad, and bad works are not good. You earn the wages of sin which is death whenever you sin, not just when you sinned before you gave your heart to the Lord. You come under the law whenever you sin, but under grace whenever you have received Jesus’ forgiveness.After you give your heart to the Lord, you must continue to humble your heart before Him, continue to confess your sins to Him and continue to give your heart to Him each day, dying daily to self.You must continue to believe that only Jesus and His Father can save you; you must continue to want their forgiveness and the eternal life that They want to give you, if you wish to be saved. When you are under grace you will allow Him to change you and help you to be good.God ordained ahead of time that you should walk in the path of good works, for you were created in Christ Jesus for good works.If you died with Jesus in the likeness of His death and were raised up with Him in the likeness of His resurrection, sin should not have the mastery over you; you should not be in bondage to sin anymore, because Jesus came to free you from that; He came to free you from sin and the transgression of His law of love. Are you under grace?Then sin will not have the mastery over you. If you have the forgiveness of God and the power of the Holy Spirit in your heart all-the-way, sin will not have the mastery over you. Are you a servant of righteousness or free from righteousness?Are you a servant of righteousness or a servant of sin?Do you have the fruit of holiness in your life?All who are justified by Jesus are made righteous by Him and will be righteous, as long as they allow Him to justify them; as long as they allow Him to make them righteous! Wow!This is intense!Wow!This is powerful!All those who are justified by Jesus have been freed by Him from their slavery to sin and gladly obey Him.They have died with Him and have been raised up with Him in the likeness of His resurrection, to walk with Him in newness of life.They don’t come under the curse of the law, which is its condemnation of death, because He has forgiven them and is helping them to keep His law of love. And if they sin they confess it and give themselves back to Him again. “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Romans 8:1 KJV.
May the grace of God be with you all!May you be justified by Jesus’ blood; may you allow Him to make you righteous! May you have and do good works for Him. May His name be forever praised! Amen.
Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe,
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow!
Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe,
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow!
* From the Hymn: Jesus Paid it All, by Elvina M. Hall:
The Kingdom of God consists not in words but in Power! Listen to what the apostle Paul says here: “But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I shall find out, not the words of those who are arrogant, but their power. For the kingdom of God does not consist in words, but in power.” 1 Corinthians 4:19-20 NASB. Paul here was addressing a class of people among the Corinthian believers who were arrogant. 1 Corinthians 4:18. Evidently some people were causing problems in the Church, who were living without the power of God in their lives. Sound familiar? This problem and the solution addressed by Paul here is largely the same problem that we have today, and his solution is the same that is needed today. Yes, his counsel is for our day too, not just for the Corinthian church of his day. Do you want God’s power in your life to help you be good and His gifts to serve Him with? Do you want the assurance of your salvation? Then get His power in your life.
If you want to receive a blessing, why not come to our Fourth Angel’s Movement Camp Meeting? Are you ready to receive the rich blessings of the Latter Rain? If you long for a closer walk with God, and hunger for Christian fellowship with others who love Him too, come to this camp meeting! We will give some inspirational messages here on Justification by Faith or the Righteousness of Christ - which is the 3rd Angel’s Message in verity, to help you get the Latter Rain! There will be practical breakout sessions on the Medical Missionary work, Evangelism, Media Ministry, Country Living, Health Food Stores, and more!
How to Get Answers to Prayer?
“Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him. Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” James 5:14-16 NASB.
Do you believe it?
Why are we bringing up this text about healing the sick? We are using this text because it’s startling. We're bringing this up because we need to start right where people seem to have the problem: With faith. So why start with a most difficult promise? Because we want you to know with God the impossible is possible, that there is nothing too hard for God. Genesis 18:14.
Why do you need faith?
If it’s something you can do for yourself or mankind can provide, why do you need God for it? Faith is all about making your needs and petitions known to God that you cannot provide for yourself or for things you can do too! (We need God for everything!) When you have faith in God, then there is nothing that you need that He cannot provide if it’s for your best. So let’s start with discussing prayers that seem impossible as a place to start our talk on faith! That's why this Seminar is entitled the Prayer of Faith. Without faith it is impossible to please God! Hebrews 11:6. You need to believe the promises of God, as in James 5:14-16. You need to believe the Bible as it reads, because God says what He means, and means what he says and can be trusted because He loves you!
The title for tonight’s session is the Prayer of Faith Part 1 Conditions for answered prayer. We won’t be able to cover everything here. But the main thing is to understand [that there are conditions to answered prayer.] – How many people here want God [to] hear their prayers? How many people here want their prayers to be answered? (Audience: Yea.) There’s a science behind it – we don’t always know every prayer, but there’s some prayers that you can know that God is going to answer them. Did you know that? (Audience: Yes.) Did you know that there are some prayers that God isn’t going to hear? And some of it has to do with our attitudes. We’re not going to go into all that tonight. But there’s a protocol for dealing with God, and if we want answers to our prayers we need to understand. We are not going to go through all of them tonight. But the biggest one of them all is Faith! I mean I had known this for awhile – but it didn’t really sink in. You know I was thinking [about] other things. But when I did this study I realized that the prayer of faith is like the number one condition!
An inspiring message on how to get answers to prayer and get closer to God and get all the happiness and love and joy you were meant to have! The title for tonight’s session is the Prayer of Faith Part 1 Conditions for answered prayer. We won’t be able to cover everything here but, the main thing is to understand – How many people here want to have God hear their prayers? How many people here want their prayers to be answered? There’s a science behind it – we don’t always know every prayer, but there’s some prayers that you can know that God is going to answer them. Did you know that? Did you know that there are some prayers that God isn’t going to hear? And some of it has to do with our attitudes. We’re not going to go into all that tonight. But there’s a protocol for dealing with God, and if we want to answers to our prayers we need to understand. And – we are not going to go through all of them tonight. But the biggest one of them all is Faith! I mean I had known this for awhile – but it didn’t really sink in. You know I was thinking of other things. But when I did this study I realized that the prayer of faith is like the number one condition!
What does it mean to be justified? Are good works bad? We think it will be clear once we break it down. Some people want to insist that works are bad because works are done by those who are trying to save themselves. But is it true that works are bad? That depends on whether someone is trying to do good works in their own strength to save themselves or not. Paul doesn't contradict himself here. There's another way that good works can be done – they can be done by the Spirit of God. All this text is saying is that people who try to keep the law and their own strength will not be justified. We believe that since all our righteousnesses are filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6 KJV), then the attempt to save oneself by their works is actually sin. This is because those who do this make themselves to be their own god, little “g”. It is God’s job to save us, not ourselves – we have no ability of saving ourselves. For someone to be justified - that's an act of grace by God alone, which is Paul's point. Those who are trying to save themselves cannot have the Holy Spirit, or enjoy what it means to really live – which is to be filled with wonderful peace, great love and joy inexpressible! Nor can they ever be truly righteous – it is a hollow shell. Paul’s point is not that we won't be doing good works, his point is that those who seek to try to work out their own salvation by themselves will not be justified. We think this is clear! Jesus said, “And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” Luke 18:13-14 KJV. The danger for those who trust in themselves, the self-righteous, is that they do not see their need clearly and may fail to confess their sins and humble themselves before God before it’s too late, because they may think that they are good and do not need to repent. So those who try to keep the law in their own strength will not be justified, until they ask for mercy, this is what Jesus and Paul taught. If they feel that they are keeping the law, they may have failed to confess the sin of breaking it. Self-righteousness is a form of Spiritual blindness. Therefore Galatians 2:16 does not contradict our passage in Romans 2:13: 'For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.' They are both in perfect harmony with each other, but they're talking about two different things. “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.” Proverbs 28:13 KJV.
Are “good works” really bad? The belief that good works are bad is contradicted by Paul who declared that we were created in Christ Jesus for good works: "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." Ephesians 2:10 NASB. If God is working in you to will and to do His good pleasure, then these good works are acceptable to Him. Philippians 2:13. Notice that Paul said that ‘God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.’ What is he talking about here? God has prepared ahead of time that we should walk in good works. This really goes against what many people are teaching nowadays! How can it be that all good works are bad, if God prepared ahead of time that we should walk in them? This contradicts what many believe doesn’t it? God prepared beforehand a way that you and I can have good works! How did God prepare ahead of time? By Jesus’ death on the cross for our sins – to make atonement for them, and by providing the Holy Spirit to write His Law of love in our heart and help us obey Him. John 3:3,5,16-17; 2 Corinthians 5:14-15; Romans 5:8-11; 1 John 2:1-2; 4:10; Jeremiah 31:31-34, Ezekiel 11:18-20; 36:25-30; Deuteronomy Acts 2; and Joel 2; Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4-5, 8; 2:37-39; John 7:37-39; Matthew 22:35-40.
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For not the hearers of the Law are just before God, but the doers of the law will be justified.
The just man is the one who does the law.
To be just means to be righteous.
The just or righteous person does the law.
Therefore to justify someone is to make them a doer of the law.
To justify someone is to make them righteous.
The term justification by faith is used many places in the Bible, so we need to understand what it really means. It is important since it is used so many times. True faith takes the Bible as it reads and accepts it as the truth, because it is the word of God. Those with true faith believe and trust God and take Him at His word. Therefore the first step in order to get righteousness by faith is to believe the word of God, the Bible. Without the belief that the Bible is the word of God, no one can have the faith that is needed, which Abraham had, to be made righteous by God and be saved. The condition of salvation is to believe – to believe that Jesus and His Father can save you. John 3:16-17. You must also believe their word, the Bible. God doesn’t make mistakes, and you can trust His word, the Bible. This is what we are doing here, taking the Bible as it reads.
Jesus said, ‘unless you believe that I am He, you shall die in your sins.’ John 8:24 NASB. Do not suppose that Jesus was merely referring to the children of God on earth in His day here when He spoke this. Jesus said ‘unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.’ Yes, Jesus is speaking to the people in our day too and you! No one can save themselves, no matter how hard they try, no matter what they do - no matter what, regardless of how much truth they believe in, or how good they think they are. You simply cannot save yourself, dear reader. Unless you believe that Jesus was the Lamb of God, sent to take away the sins of the world - unless you believe that God sent Jesus to take away your sins, you will not have any life within you. Unless you believe that Jesus is the only one, you do not have any life within you. But if you believe Jesus is the one, you will have this life Jesus promised to all who would take it. When John-the-Baptist declared that Jesus was the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, that is what he said and that is what he meant. John 1:29, 36. For Jesus to be able to take away all of the sins of the world - He must take away your sins too. He came not only to clear your guilt from the record books in heaven, but He came to take away your sins as well, to help you stop sinning.