Salvation by faith in Christ-AN EVANGELISTIC APPROACH
How Would You Like To Be An Intimate Friend Of God And Live An Abundant Life? If so, do you know He loves you? Please read on. If not, do you believe He would like to find you (like He did Abraham or Moses or Apostle Paul) and give you such an abundant life now and in Heaven? Look you found this! God gives us faith to believe which is a gift! Do you have an object of your faith? It matters because the object for God in Christ Jesus, Christ Himself makes peace and it's faith's decision as God's the only choice for your object. For in His Presence yes there is fullness of joy pleasures at His right hand in knowing God though Christ which starts with forgiveness of sins from God and is real. Living the Christian life isn't in self-righteousness but in Him. Christ is our righteousness and we boast in Him. Self-glory as a part of self-effort to work to get to God is put aside by us in the Spirit through Christ. Christ is the end or fulfillment of righteousness to all who believe. As you have received Christ Jesus Savior and Lord so walk in Him. He is able to save and keep you abundantly intact to the end or the death you die in time. If the Rapture comes: you living in relationship to God by faith through grace can be caught up ("rapizo" in org. Bible languages) to the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and so shall you ever be with the Lord Jesus!
Would you like to belong to this group of fruity people or Christ followers? Who make it to Eternal life?!
Read I Thessalonians 4:13-17 and I Corinthians 15:1-7ff.
"God be merciful to me a sinner," was said by a Tax-gatherer who was in a parable told by Jesus as one who humbles himself before God beating upon his breast. Jesus told this about people who think themselves righteous and show contempt for others. This parable shows humility before God by this publican who came home justified and exalted having humbled himself before God.
In keeping the line of reasoning: A testifying that Jesus Paid It All ->that's it and the victory Christ won:
The Word of God and I are on firm ground when I say God created man in the image of God, the image that fell from grace and though Adam and Eve had a fall and disobeyed God's command to not eat the fruit God said no to eat as a direct command, man was still made in God's image and God made provisions without help from man for the redemption of the likeness of God returned. Even today this very moment that image of God could be there for you & for me and I can see in my mind's eye in the unknown for me on my plate to believe the intellectual aspects of design-architect of Father God our Creator IS in His natural creation and in the finished work on Calvary. His LOVE SHOWN US, and His long-hearted compassion-shown patience Sovereignly sacredly appointed for us for a time particular of saving faith based on the intellectual intelligent, emotional, metaphysical (gifts), and spiritual sides of man in intervention from Abba Daddy God in my life and that of others is for eternal purposes. These eternal purposes are worth every circumstance or suffering as we acknowledge Him and take the faith He will show up on our way to being cradled into heaven by Him or ushered in! God is Love! He doesn't come in the front door and thus go to leave the back door. He came to stay!!
Jesus was called, "the friend of sinners," "a glutton, and winebibber," because He knew the work of God and loved them (infamous sinners) but didn't engage in their sinful behavior. Jesus pleased God very much not only obeyed Him so much so He was declared to be the God in the flesh by men and by angels. Received on in the world, He could see in every man there's HURTING--- IN SOME WAY HE COULD ONLY KNOW THIS and could tell: exactly where the human condition 'needed' (for) salvation intimacy relations with God perfectly being God Incarnate and was prophesied to be such by over 400 OT scripture. He is either Lord, liar, or lunatic if you read the Gospels clearly. You have to decide. It's right to believe which one? He is Lord! He even said, "If you can't believe what I say, believe on the basis of the very works sake." He never spoke out against anybody & never did harm to anybody in any recording in the writing of the Gospels. He was as gentle as church mice but He entrusted mightily His life to God in obedience to pleasing (not just rote obeying,) but by grace and lived in a 'GODLY PLEASING WAY TO GOD,' when it conflicted as many a time it did: man's plan with God's. Jesus also said, "If I be lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men unto Me." This He said speaking of His Death on Calvary and Risen Life. He also said, "the Kingdom of God is come near, repent."
Even dream aspects of our humanity of our 'Utopia or Shangri-la' or Heaven we dream of about of this or of the next life, theoretically from one generation to the next come from God and are in the offing if we're believing God through the Son Christ Jesus. As for born again saved renewed individuals we're made in the image of God, or else we're unsaved humans in the flesh, existing in doubt and offense on our way to hell. Existing in an angry building up of sinful nature tyranny and the uncanny tyranny of sinful nature of within oneself barred from being the 'in' crowd if we are in the flesh of the old sin nature by result. Jesus makes the difference in a life bound for heartache and defeat. He came to save the lost in ruination, the bruised, battered, broken, and shattered. does that include yourself?Jesus did His Father's business always and ALWAYS pleased the Father by what He said or did making Him the perfect sacrifice Lamb for sin. HE SPOKE AND WELL IN FACT AND ACTED KINDLY TO PEOPLE AND HE TOUCHED AND HEALED THEIR DISEASES FREELY WITH ALL KINDS OF HEALINGS AND DIVINE MIRACLES. He spoke in a different way to the Pharisees who thought themselves good enough and who despised God's way and other people, really Pharisee and Sadducees teachers of the law and scribes that kept the letter of the law but not the spirit of the law. Jesus healed across racial lines, from a distance, and by spoken word all who came. Even the storm had to be quiet when He spoke to it. He touched the sick and the world could not contain the books that could be written concerning what He said and did this Jesus the Mighty Healer the Great Physician.
One's conscience then in hearing the plan of God purposed by Himself in the revelation and receiving of His Only Begotten Son Jesus Christ reveals God's Will: His blueprint plans, can turn up the heat on your own lifestyle OR bring victory if your 'in Christ.' There is freedom then in knowing God through Christ and God consciousness for sure in certainty of His Character knowing His Holiness & Righteousness Is His Character, (until you bear fruit for instance.) This belief in God through Christ is the Personal Being Who loves us everlastingly and unconditionally embraces us in the New Covenant by grace which is unmerited favor from Himself also wants to get involved in us particularly and in our personality get His hands and fingers in our lives through faith and the Spirit working. He has with indiscriminate and unconditional STRONG EMBRACING love for us for we're told about this in the Bible: given us forgiveness of sins & deliverance as benefactors. God's love is unconditionally applied to us all but we are accountable individually. You see God provided salvation which is objective in that Jesus died for everybody: to be subjective applied to each individual by faith which is important for one in His Strength, in His Will and Way, and in His Spirit.
You have believed certain things if you desire or have this subjective application of salvation to yourself according to His Word. Following this way of God through Christ is the way out of every situation and trial you find yourself in: justified intact by Him, and spiritually complete and saved on the road of righteousness. Spiritual things are spiritually discerned abiding in the Son Christ Jesus, and spiritual laws, like laws of viscosity and momentum in science are either observed in a laboratory of life or learned about as an education from textbooks. (For there are three kinds of men according to Will Rogers that great American Poet Laureate: The ones that learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence and find out for themselves.)
For instance in our little system the spiritual law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set us free from the law of sin and death is a law of spiritual obedience existence. Vices or addictions like sins of the spirit or flesh also make the soul sick and are not the narrow way and straight gate of scripture. This is objective truth. The Bible says: People tend to want to run the gamut of addictive habits by getting drunk or high, and away from their conscience which would tell them its ok, rather than toward God's spiritual answer, salvation which is right. But this isn't all there is to it nor should it. God's way out or a spiritual salvation in the Spirit truly is we have a sinful nature that sins readily and that must be forever dealt with. Every soul of everbody is eternal and will find a home in either of two places. We're talking nails here as in crucify it daily. We know God's command to never sin. But..to look upon evil is all we can do because it's our lower nature. God looks down upon the bunch of critters we are and He sees us in our need and messes but does not like us to harm ourselves which sin does (Greek word for sin is harm-atia, therefore sin harms.) We have stopped short of His glory for this. We have broken His Laws and come short of His glory, ie. sinned. We have trespassed His glorious messages. Have you confessed this of yourself to God alone? He says if we have sinned or failed at trying one law we've failed at trying them all, see James 2:10. It's time we stop in our tracks: and be convinced of this breaking of God's laws by us. Only God can satisfy a lost soul but He indeed then does that to make a sinner clean in fact as white as snow or wool inside who is a sinner admitting sins before Him if we come to Him by His way once and for all through His Son. This means to get saved, to embrace Christ's taking away your sins and you stand forgiven and we become saints who follow Christ thereafter by faith through prayer becoming lifestyle in faith in the Spirit. Imagine going through your whole life living it to its fullest animated completely by God Himself through Christ the Son. It's not a pipe dream but reality, being not in the world but in the Spirit, all things of God in new wineskins.
It's God's party this earth experiment and He did break in on it at Calvary. God satiated (satisfied) His own requirements for Righteousness or Holiness of us curatively at the Cross 2000 years ago and by grace from that point on one can begin to please God by faith and that is all "pleasing God," is the goal. What does that mean to us today? We can be saved! and we can have God's Presence a TOTALLY new life, BE a new creation saved as the Bible puts it in II Corinthians 5:17. It starts at God's altar you make in your heart in prayer at Heaven's seat of mercy!
We can exercise obedience to the Son (to Jesus Christ, His Gift, in His Risenness, raised to newness of life) in the Spirit: Belong to Him! by the Holy Spirit's work we CAN be, for He changes us by transforming our lives. He who has the Son has life! If you don't have the Son = no life. Stern warnings are in effect about missing out on the love of God without Him. Hell indeed is awaiting one is such a state of affairs. Will you accept His Gift? Eternal Life? Horizontally human loving people take the Vertical up to Heaven to God's love being right! Jesus DID have that perspective living pleasing to the Father in His love and exemplifying a Holy Righteous Love & Life to God's honor and loving me with Father God's love with "agape," (greek word for God's love) personified. Christ gave gifts to men. He lived far away from the edge. God was using unconditional love in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself: For He died on the cross FOR YOU a clay pot (a High price to pay)& God sought a way within His own Laws of Mercy & Justice providing Mercy drops around us are falling to save you in the Son's obedience. Freedom is never free. Showers of blessing there are for God is so not against us and nor from a distance from us BUT calling us near through salvation and sin has made a chasm. When one is subsequently saved sins are taken away gone! Forgiven! There is a sea of forgetfulness in God's eye and He posts a no fishing sign. We make a change of mind about sin when coming to Jesus Christ or Jesus changes our mind for that to be possible for us too (to be near to God also) to be able to feel loved enough by God. Jesus is everything we will ever learn about God for He consumes everything we will ever be apart from Him by fire of baptism from Himself (see Hebrews 12.) We come to Him with open hearts and lives, this Treasure from God we have in earthen vessels, turn & repent when we feel this His love happen in us: And God will change you as His clay pots to want His will 'in Christ' in His finished work and you will BE a believer and experience God's love first for the first time and come into His atmosphere. We come as we are in this belief in the unseen, or participation in His plan and transformation is God's intention and purpose and He does save when we take this all by faith making us complete. God dealt with the sin issue on the Cross. He overcame sin, death, hell, and the grave through the physical life of Jesus curing our illnesses and diseases His obeying God on earth even to a Death on the cross. When He died our lives were exchanged for His Perfect Sinless Death and Life. And in dying we were in His Death. We as born again Christians now can live a raised up newness of life spiritual seating with Him in the Heavenlies fruitbearing Kingdom within life and to get heaven too potentially, enduring with spiritual food, spiritual exercise, and daily foot-cleansing from Jesus Christ, provided if we endure to the end. We're living by the Holy Spirit from the tree of life (Jesus Christ) not from the tree of the knowlege of good and evil (or ie. from man's failure to obey) in the Garden of Eden. We gain a victory over those obstacles (the world, flesh, and the devil) once and for all as saved. You need to stay renewed in mind and spirit in the Word of God having made mental assent, comittment to, and follow through in accepting Jesus Christ trusting, to not think like the unsaved nor have the problems the unsaved have Romans 12:2. "Be not conformed to this world but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind that you might prove what is that good, perfect, and acceptable Will Of God," the verse goes.
That I may know Him in His Power and Resurrection and sufferings that He and I may have fellowship near. This is a worthy goal to pursue. It's like having a sumptuous meal with Him, (have koinonia,) this walk with God in depth, a daily way in Christ and in my heart is Great Good News. My heart knows no bounds, my joy unrestrained. Before being saved it has been known in nature by something called General Revelation to know Him in nature for salvation but to talk to Him stout a sinner. But if we look back at our past honestly God was preparing for our salvation. Love from Him requested possession of us from God's love letter the Bible & it's being revealed in us through Special Revelation and through our conscience now to submit to Him. Today (for today is the day of salvation) we can see we need Him, we need salvation and spiritual hunger is there from Him. Scripture says of the New Birth, "I will put my laws into their hearts and on their minds I will write them." In our mind, and spirit we're then fed and nourished the Bread of Life by Him as saved, imitating God a grace walk of faith with Christ daily in favor unearned and ultimately in Heaven going there from His doing from start to finish. We're enlightened and illuminated about this in the Bible: unveiled to our heart and mind if we read it in the New Covenant Gospels, Acts, and Epistles and believe for ourselves Jesus Christ has done the work forever and live like it is! God created us and He claims complete ownership of our being as Creator Redeemer Designer.
The Steadfast love of the Lord never ceases.
I pray you find the Lord Jesus Christ satiatory as Your Master & Savior Lord of you & He becomes in your personality and life Savior & Lord from sins and sin, the sin principle. You can so by God's grace become the Friend of God, of His Family, a part, a member, and be accountable individually. Redemption means God casts off your captivity and/or buys you with a Ransom off of sin, you a slave of sin and sets you free. The real freedom is freedom from sin which Christ does for you. Freedom is never free. God allowed His Only Son to pay a high price for your salvation. You need to realize, "The greatest deception of the devil is try to make us deny he exists." And he does tempt with his minions at deceiving deception which the whole world lives under. Nazi Germany teaches us that. There is a quote, "in having the right, one sometimes doesn't do the right thing the right way." Chesterton said, "the path of least resistance in rivers and men makes both crooked." "The soul that sins shall die and the soul that sins is a slave to sin the Bible says in two places John 8:34 & Ezekiel.
We need God first in every way, first for every provision of Calvary to be revealed and to confess to Him that we're sinners who've disobeyed His Laws before Him in His sight and are sinners who then become saints at the cross by prayer and faith. We need to obey the Holy Spirit's leading for our life's direction by grace & to ask questions and dialog with God daily in a God consciousness not sin consciousness in the light of finding forgiveness to be reality freely given. We're sanctified by Him daily confirmed with a highpoint connection to God high "uprights" goalpost (kicked) with great confidence. We live unto Him nigh His grace which allows us to live lives pleasing to Him knowing that we're accepted by His Blood and that without Him we can do nothing, follow Jesus Christ of Nazareth through faith by grace "practically", redeemed from sin. It takes a moment to get saved and a lifetime to stay saved. This is because of the sin principle and sin nature which is dead but we must recognize it as such 'dead. 'God in His mercy makes us alive.'
This salvation is entirely by faith in God's sight by grace from Him brought to Spirit-led living fruition in new spiritual DNA in new motives based on the finished work of Christ which He draws us, is evidenced by faith from start to finish. Making Jesus Lord is a part of being in the Spirit then.
The Certificate of debt is destroyed which was against us Col 2:13,14. Our faith is in God for a believing receipt that it is finished.
It's New Birth God calls us all to. God calls us His Workmanship, His Poem, His Field, His Building. God calls sin finished with, in turning to Him and death dominated which is the result of sins (Romans 6:23) while we are re-created in Christ Jesus for good works which we're foreordained to accomplish Eph. 2:10. There's so much in the atonement really one needs a pair of sunglasses to see, it's so very good & so rejoice you in salvation.
WE FIND SO MUCH IF WE'RE BELIEVING BY FAITH & GOOD BY GRACE BUT UNWORTHY BUT SAVED BY FAITH, THAT GOD IS FOR US Rom. 8:30,31. He will begin to process the fruit of a Christian life in and through us in the Spirit.
And you are sealed 'in Christ' as saved so that you'll identify life in God by this new identifying with Jesus Christ in faith & trust by His Presence in your heart and life. You're in a war with the world, the flesh, and the devil which Christ won for you. We're walking out that victory as believers. We're in trench warfare as Christians believing to see Jesus go before us, for the Presence of God goes before us everywhere in every situation and we're victorious.
This is the message of the Gospel. In Heaven there's no more trace of evil nor sin in the Presence of God for us. We'll have new bodies then that are absolutely sinless in the Spirit.
As a good Father and Farmer winnows away bad wheat with His winnowing fork in His Hand so does our Heavenly Father God love us great in trials of all kinds even to have our lives being used and cleansed heatedly to be clay pots with His Treasure about to do His bidding. He doesn't tempt anyone but does intervene in an organically curative role in the world either to help others become born again through Holy Spirit's convinces or of our own selves to be saved in His Purposing. We come in faith to Jesus for a Divine Blood Transfusion: it's a corrective and curative Gospel by the Great Physician, (how He God is merciful at the cross in which God is pouring out His redeeming reconciliation on His Son & us if..)I plead with you to be saved. II Corinthians 5:19-21.
God chose this accepting of Jesus Christ as the way to confound the wise, the worldly wise, the disputer of this world, the ignoble & foolish who turn, & are born again: this is God's way to be saved in accepting the Son's obedience applied to your heart. They go on to live lives of faith being right by grace. They live it one day at a time as a grace walk and love walk. As also they came to Christ, so they abide and stay with Him, and walk Col. 2:6;John 15; I John 2. Laying up treasure in heaven growing in grace & in faith in Christ with God's Kingdom in a quality of love so astounding, they occupy (actively be ready) for Christ's return, and are being desirous to be like Christ, as He lived His life until He comes back (which is a challenge.) It's through the Holy Spirit's work though in an outlived walk step by step and its by faith through grace, not of yourself, not of works lest any man should boast. We're not religious, we just love the Lord! Truly we 'love God' with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength in three commands in one, namely the afore and also "love your neighbor" "as yourself," which is the summing up of all the Old Covenant Laws. Rejoice. Pray and ask God for salvation. You are God's masterpiece then redeemed.
After salvation or becoming saved YOU are then being a thank you epistle to God (letter is an epistle in Greek,) written by the Holy Spirit of God within and without with the laws of God. It's by grace from start to finish. Dave Candel
We take faith to believe and accept it for ourselves. That 'if' becomes the condition on the salvation and wishes of the promises of God He requires: simply and mainly our participation accoutable to be. In that way He's JUST while giving away mercy, for work is work as Romans says, and mercy is not justice only from faith to faith and glory to glory.
For it's a transformed life we live in Christ not a reformed one. God promises to bring it to pass and finish what He started in you Phil 1:6.