Posted on February 16, 2016 Posted By: smc
Does any of this sound familiar to you?
The Christian traditions that I was raised in taught that is was presumption to say that I know for sure that I am going to be in heaven after I die…and that makes sense if you base your salvation on your manner of life and good works. (For who can rightly and impartially judge their life?)
However, what I learned from reading my Bible for myself instead of just relying on others to tell me what it said, is that salvation is by ‘grace through faith and not of ourselves, not of works, so that no one can boast.’ (Ephesians 2:8,9). That produced a shift in my thinking and in the process raised a whole set of questions in my mind about Christianity.
For instance, if a person is saved by faith alone without his or her works counting for anything, then what is to keep a person from living any way that they please?
This was the same question that the Jews in the first century asked about the church. The Apostle Paul who was a former zealot for the Jewish faith knew very well such questions. So he answers this objection in the third chapter of his letter to the Romans when he asked and responded, “shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?….Absolutely not!!!”
On the contrary, he goes on to show in his letter (and all of his letters) that what true saving faith produces is not just conformity to an external code of conduct but instead it produces a powerful transformation of the heart (Romans 1:16) of which he was not ashamed.
Such a transformation produces an internal conformity to God’s will in a process that the early disciples of the Lord Jesus called ‘Sanctification’. Indeed the Lord Jesus Himself, just before He submitted Himself to crucifixion, prayed to His father that His followers would be sanctified.
That word means to be set apart for something or someone’s use. In this case, God saves and God equips each believer with a knowledge of God through the truth of His Word, as fully expressed in the Bible.
This knowledge is what the Spirit of God uses to produce the confidence of knowing that we are right with God.
“I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life. And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.” [1John 5:13-14 ESV]
We very much desire that you also have this settled knowledge and confidence. That is what we preach and that is why we preach it…
So that You May Know…
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