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I saw the exchange below while reading some articles and it really struck me as the classic gospel debate that we see playing out in the church these days.  Shannon and Gino are spot on with their argument that Christ’s sacrifice on the cross was for all past, present, and future sin’s and sinners.  It takes nothing else that belief and acceptance of Christ’s free gift.  Otherwise, Jesus’s words to the second thief on the cross with him would have been a lie.  He didn’t tell him that he could be with Him in paradise if he found someway to get down off the cross and get baptized, or pay back all those that he had wronged.  No, He said, through his faith and belief in Jesus as the Son of God he would be saved and with Him in paradise.  See he accepted the free gift of salvation by making Jesus his Lord and Savior.

Romans is chalked full of this comparison of Grace/Faith verse Works…

Romans 3:20  because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.

Romans 3:27  Where then is boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? Of works? No, but by a law of faith.

Romans 3:28  For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law.

Romans 4:2  For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.

Romans 9:32  Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as though it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone,

Romans 11:6   But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace.

The trouble with Brenda and Jordan’s arguments below is that they add something to the work Jesus did for us on the Cross.  They have some works that we need to do to “earn” or “keep” our salvation.  That is where they venture off the narrow path.  The Narrow path is belief/faith in Jesus as our Lord and Savior.  Heaven help us if we have to do anything to keep our salvation, or worst yet earn it.  What pride, what arrogance do we as men have.  We in our fallen/sin laden form have no hope.  But we as Christians have hope in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, through Him all things are possible.  His works are our gain.  All the work is done on God’s side, we just graciously have to accept.

In context, the infamous, James 2:14-26, scripture actually back up Paul in Romans.  (Gods word never contradicts Itself.)

James 2:14-26New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Faith and Works

14 What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? 17 Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.

18 But someone may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” 19 You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder. 20 But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar? 22 You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected; 23 and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness,” and he was called the friend of God. 24 You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone. 25 In the same way, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? 26 For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.

James is simply stating that as we become believers and our faith grows in Christ after the acceptance of His free gift, we will begin to live life differently.  The old self is put off as Paul would often say.  These are the actions.  James is simply questioning people’s “declared” faith, by what he sees them doing happily, without regret.  Does the doing, “earn” the salvation, or is the doing a sign of gratitude for the free gift of salvation?  I believe the latter is clear from scripture.

Paul Washer does a great summary of the Gospel here in two videos: https://myblessedhope.com/the-gospel/

Remember, the darker it gets, the brighter and farther our little light shines!

Maranatha, Lord come quickly!

myblessedhope

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  • As a follower of Christ ; tattoos are something I have always struggled with.
    In my former life I was a tattoo artist and I always used my art to bring attention to myself. …Look at me everybody look what I can do…
    But as a follower of Christ I gave it up because I was doing it for all the wrong reasons.
    Its been 20yrs now and the more I learn about Gods grace the more I am able to appreciate the art and love the people. For some its all about the attention it brings to them but for some it really is an expression of who they are and the memories and experiences they want to share with the world…Only God knows their hearts and why they do what they do , its not my job to judge (Thank you Jesus) but to love them right where they are. Jesus didn’t wait for me to get cleaned up before he accepted me or I would still be dead in my sin. “The Father showed His great love for us in that while we yet sinners, Christ died for us….

    • Revelations 19:16 reads – on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”

      Maybe Jesus has a tattoo too …. I don’t believe it matters. I mean unless you have some kind of satanic symbols, or words.

      If inking your skin can undo him dying on the cross for you, then he is not worthy of worship. He is, because it is Finished.

      • Amen to that Gino! God doesn’t see our flesh he sees our born again spirits. And you are so right. We can never out sin or out ink our bodies enuf to undo God’s grace!!

        • Your statement doesnt seem to line up with Gods word concerning Judgement day at all. Have you read the bible?? We do receive grace..from those things we have turned from and asked forgiveness for…but we can not continue to do the things God is against and expect His grace to cover willful sin.

        • So you have never willfully sinned? Yes you have.If you say no then you are lieing. Actually all sin is willfully done whether you want to admit it or not. Jesus said that if you even think about sinning you have committed it. AND there is NO tier of bad to worse sins with God. If you broke one Law you’ve broken them all. THAT is why God sent us Jesus to be our “SAVIOR” cuz NO ONE can ever do good enuf or be good enuf to save ourslelves. ONLY JESUS could do that. and when he did it was MORE than enuf to cover past, present and future sins. And thank God it covers future sins. DO NOT say his Grace doesn’t cover future sins cuz ALL our sins were future when Jesus died on the cross.
           
           
        • Am I saying to go sin on purpose with the attitude that I can cuz I’m saved? NO! Of course not. Sin has consequences. It hurts ourselves and others. THAT is the reason God doesn’t want us to sin.
          But once you are Born Again God sees you IN Jesus Righteousness NOT in your sinful flesh. He said “your sins I will remember no more” That’s ALL sin, not just the ones you committed Before you were saved.

          You were a sinner and God saved you, when you were bad. And now that you’ve accepted Christ you think you have to try and be good enuf?!!! NO! JESUS and what he did on the cross; HIS sacrifice makes you good enuf.

          It is our spirits that will stand in judgment NOT our flesh. IF your spirit is re-born in Christ you have ALREADY been judged RIGHTEOUS IN JESUS!

          The ONLY sin anyone will be judged for at the time of their death or when Jesus returns is the Rejection of Christ. NO other sin sends you to hell, but NOT accepting Jesus as your Lord and SAVIOR. Once you accept that GIFT of salvation, you are saved no matter what! UNLESS you decide you do not really believe in Jesus.

          God’s GRACE is MORE than enuf!!!

           

          “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil” 2 Corinthians 5:10  God forgives you for everything you do, but to his own judgement, truly, but in order for God to recieve you… “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” John 14:6 and Jesus means so much more than just an atonement, in order for us to get to heaven there is also a price, following Jesus’s every command, doing as he would and striving to be the best person we can be. NEVER in the bible does he say that a man may go to heaven if he JUST believes, actually he says that “As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead” James 2:14-26 Meaning that faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. The Bible offers the world so much truth, but to be selective about the bible, that allows for it to be manipulated for the convenience of man, BY NO MEANS was the bible created for the convenience of man, but for the salvation of man through his efforts, through his convictions, his love, and his intentions, God’s love and Grace is eternal and embodies the entire universe, but his Grace is earned. Please, by saying all this I only wish for you to see the bible for all it has to offer, to allow any misinterpretation would be a sin, if any part of you believes me, or what I said, read the bible for yourself, thoroughly, take however long you need, see what everything could mean, don’t take my word for it, by no means, I only hope to convey the lessons that have so much improved my life unto you. My church is so loving and willing to help, if you’re in a search of any kind of answer(s), my church would be ever willing to answer them.

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In Romans 10 Paul lays out how salvation is open to all, Jew and Gentile.  He writes:

“For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” – Romans 10:4-5

What he is saying is now it is not about works or how closely to a “T” you follow the law.  But that it is through God’s gift of grace through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.  It is really that simple, and yet a hard step for some of us.

“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” – Romans 10:9

Christ is the narrow gate (Matthew 7:13-14), through faith in Him you will be saved.  It is the only “works” that God requires for eternal salvation.

It is The Gospel of Jesus Christ.  To learn more check out the following link.

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Now here is an amazing movie you should go see and bring a friend.

It opened this weekend in the top three and surprised all the critics, imagine that!

God is Great!

Also, the Gospel message that the end is well work watching on through.

Remember, the darker it gets, the brighter and farther our little light shines!

Maranatha, Lord come quickly!

myblessedhope

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In Romans 10 Paul lays out how salvation is open to all, Jew and Gentile.  He writes:

“For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” – Romans 10:4-5

What he is saying is now it is not about works or how closely to a “T” you follow the law.  But that it is through God’s gift of grace through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.  It is really that simple, and yet a hard step for some of us.

“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” – Romans 10:9

Christ is the narrow gate (Matthew 7:13-14), through faith in Him you will be saved.  It is the only “works” that God requires for eternal salvation.

It is The Gospel of Jesus Christ.  To learn more check out the following link.

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Amen brother!  It warms my heart to see a brother in Christ standing so firm.  You know he is standing on the Rock!

Maranatha, Lord come quickly!

myblessedhope

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Posted on Dec 22, 2013 at 10:15 PM
By Caleb Howe

“Jesus Christ was the most perfect being to ever walk this planet and he was persecuted and nailed to the cross, so please don’t be surprised when we get a little static.”
– Phil Robertson, speaking at his church Sunday.

The Daily Mail this evening posted an exclusive story regarding remarks made by Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson to his Bible study group this morning at his home church in West Monroe, Louisiana.

At the conclusion of the Bible study, Robertson reportedly stated “I will not give or back off from my path because you conquered death, Father, so we are not worried about all the repercussions.”

During his talk to the group, he is quoted as saying (h/t The Lid):

‘I have been immoral, drunk, high. I ran with the wicked people for 28 years and I have run with the Jesus people since and the contrast is astounding.

‘I tell people, “You are a sinner, we all are. Do you want to hear my story before I give you the bottom line on your story?”

‘We murder each other and we steal from one another, sex and immorality goes ballistic. All the diseases that just so happen to follow sexual mischief… boy there are some microbes running around now.

‘Sexual sins are numerous and many, I have a few myself. So what is your safest course of action? If you’re a man, find yourself a woman, marry them and keep your sex right there.

‘You can have fun, but one thing is for sure, as long as you are both healthy in the first place, you are not going to catch some debilitating illness, there is safety there.

‘Commonsense says we are not going to procreate the human race unless we have a man and a woman. From the beginning Jesus said, “It is a man and a woman.” Adam was made and Eve was made for this reason. They left their fathers and mothers and be united to become one flesh, that’s what marriage is all about.

‘But we looked at it and said it was an outdated stereotype. When you look back at the human race, the sins have always been the same: We get high, we get drunk, we get laid, we steal and kill.

‘Has this changed at all from the time God burnt up whole cities because their every thought was evil?’

Robertson also added: “Jesus Christ was the most perfect being to ever walk this planet and he was persecuted and nailed to the cross, so please don’t be surprised when we get a little static.”

You can read more of Robertson’s remarks here.

 

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In Romans 10 Paul lays out how salvation is open to all, Jew and Gentile.  He writes:

“For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” – Romans 10:4-5

What he is saying is now it is not about works or how closely to a “T” you follow the law.  But that it is through God’s gift of grace through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.  It is really that simple, and yet a hard step for some of us.

“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” – Romans 10:9

Christ is the narrow gate (Matthew 7:13-14), through faith in Him you will be saved.  It is the only “works” that God requires for eternal salvation.

It is The Gospel of Jesus Christ.  To learn more check out the following link.

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Are you having any luck finding it?

This can be for believers and non-believers.  Even through we as believers do not ever lose the Holy Spirit, we can certainly ignore Him with the distractions of this world to the point of “hardening” our heart. 

If you are feeling distant from God, or have never felt close to God, maybe you need to focus on softening your heart and He will find you?

The Truth (God) will set you free.

The Truth is all around us everyday in His creation.

Maranatha, Lord come quickly!

myblessedhope

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Are You Searching For The Truth?

By Dan Payne


Over the years, I have read several stories about people who said they spent some great portion of their lives searching for the “truth”. Some of them searched in literal places, like Calcutta and the summit of Mt. Everest. Others searched in the texts of ancient Greek philosophers, like Socrates and Aristotle. Still others searched in various “holy” books like the Koran, the Book of Mormon, and yes, even the Holy Bible. I wonder what kind of heart these people were searching with, was it hard or soft?

A proud and hard heart says that it takes some great effort on your part to seek God and find “truth”. A soft and humble heart says it takes no effort on your part; all of the effort was taken on the part of Jesus Christ at the cross.

To compare hard vs. soft in this context, think of a sponge that is not completely dried out. It is soft and porous, able to receive any liquid poured onto to it, until it’s filled to capacity. Liquid that is poured onto the sponge becomes liquid that is poured into the sponge. Now (more…)

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Judgement is coming.  (soon)

That is so un politically correct isn’t it.  It is mocked by this world.  They laugh and jeer and anyone mentioning it.  I have felt it, and I am sure you have as well.  But it use to be something Christians would hear every week and discuss daily.

But if you are truly saved, shouldn’t this be a good thing.  You have been promised to be saved from judgement.  Judgement is the time at which God will make all things right and the judgement that we were not supposed to assess will be assessed by the only perfect being Jesus Christ and His Father.  We are forgiven of all our sins, through our faith and believe in Jesus Christ.  Not just our sins today but all past, present and future.  That is good news, the best news and not something to dread.

It is only scary if we are not sure about where we will spend eternity.  That is not something we think much about in our current society is it. 

I am guilty of this as well.  We spend most of our time debating what we should buy next or if we are getting a good deal.  We spend our time telling others about our “fun” lives in person but now more virtually online.  It seems like we are on an endless quest for fun.  We spend time working (making money) and entertaining ourselves (spending the money we earned) with the infinite distractions this world has to offer. (On a side note, I am always amazed at people saying they are bored with so many choices and opportunities for them to partake.  It is probably either laziness or a frustration with not being able to fill the Jesus shaped hole in their lives with the frivolous things of this world.)  But back to the Jesus size hole, it is where we should be focused, and it seems it is the last place we (I) turn to when feeling uneasy.

I seem to have an increased feeling of uneasiness these days both in intensity and frequency.

Do you ever feel like as a Christian you are being surrounded and evil is encircling you?  In every aspect of your life when interfacing with this world.

I think we have well overstayed our welcome here, as Christians, and the rise of the evil forces of this world is growing & strengthening.

This is where that Jesus sized hole becomes even more important.  Our Lord and Savior did not want us to be fearful or surprised at what was coming.  Those two things go hand in hand, we are always more fearful of the unknown, that is why Jesus wanted us to know what was coming and gave us His word and prophecy so that we could put our minds at ease that He is in control and every word He spoke is the truth and unchangeable.  We need to fill ourselves daily with His word so we remember what He said more than what this world is screaming at us daily.  When we see these things come to pass we should look up and rejoice that our Lord is coming for us.  Not only that but all pain and fear will end and only joyful rejoicing will replace it. 

That is how as Christians we should think of Judgement and Christs second coming.  Not as this world has tried to frame it.  And really from their perspective, they should be fearful.  They have chosen to turn their backs on God and reject His free gift of salvation through His works on the cross.

That is the good news and what we are called as Christians to spread.  But we have to spread both sides of the message, for if a non-Christian does not understand the current state at which they find themselves, they will have less motivation to change and a lesser understanding of the magnitude of the gift God is offering to all of us.

Maranatha, Lord come quickly!

myblessedhope

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In Romans 10 Paul lays out how salvation is open to all, Jew and Gentile.  He writes:

“For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” – Romans 10:4-5

What he is saying is now it is not about works or how closely to a “T” you follow the law.  But that it is through God’s gift of grace through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.  It is really that simple, and yet a hard step for some of us.

“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” – Romans 10:9

Christ is the narrow gate (Matthew 7:13-14), through faith in Him you will be saved.  It is the only “works” that God requires for eternal salvation.

It is The Gospel of Jesus Christ.  To learn more check out the following link.

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The stark truth, we all need to face.

What are our false gods and idols in our lives?

What do we need to let go of and turn over to God?

Maranatha, Lord come quickly!

myblessedhope

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Click on the article title for a link to full original referenced article.

In Romans 10 Paul lays out how salvation is open to all, Jew and Gentile.  He writes:

“For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” – Romans 10:4-5

What he is saying is now it is not about works or how closely to a “T” you follow the law.  But that it is through God’s gift of grace through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.  It is really that simple, and yet a hard step for some of us.

“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” – Romans 10:9

Christ is the narrow gate (Matthew 7:13-14), through faith in Him you will be saved.  It is the only “works” that God requires for eternal salvation.

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Amazing sermon.  It really rings true, both in the Glorification of God and the conviction I feel in my heart.  I actually jumped in my seat when around the 11:50 min mark he talks about our reaction to God’s commandments in our life.  It rang so true.

Another quote by Paul that stood out is when talking about the shocking truth about Christianity and the Bible.

“There really is a God and this book really is true.”

That’s only a few of many great truths and plainly spoken.

He really explains why we believe the Gospel.

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Click on the article title for a link to full original referenced article.

In Romans 10 Paul lays out how salvation is open to all, Jew and Gentile.  He writes:

“For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” – Romans 10:4-5

What he is saying is now it is not about works or how closely to a “T” you follow the law.  But that it is through God’s gift of grace through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.  It is really that simple, and yet a hard step for some of us.

“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” – Romans 10:9

Christ is the narrow gate (Matthew 7:13-14), through faith in Him you will be saved.  It is the only “works” that God requires for eternal salvation.

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