October 7, 2016

Saved....from what?

By grace you have been saved.

Those of us, who have been in Protestant churches for any length of time, know those words.

They pack a big punch.

We see grace, not mercy, saves us.

We see the word "you" which indicates, not everyone, but a specific people.

Everyone can hear those words, but not everyone is saved.

Everyone hears God, but God does not hear everyone.

God speaks to all, but only the pure in heart have his ear.

The death, and resurrection, of Jesus provided salvation for all, but not all repent, and are born new.

By grace (not mercy) you have been saved (from sin), through faith— and this is not from yourself (the grace, salvation, or faith) but it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.

Have you heard some say, "I got saved," as if they had anything to do with it?

The words "I was saved" reveals an understanding of what has occurred.

In sin, we turn, and repent, and we have nothing to do with the recreation that takes place.

When that truly happens, we will not have a braggadocios bone in our body.

For we are his workmanship.

Was everyone who heard these words back in the day when it was first written his workmanship?

Not unless everyone of them had been born new.

What about today? When someone, who has not been born-again, sits in church and hears those words, then can they assume because the word "we" is used, then are they part of the "we"?

Of course not.

Or do you think they are?

That passage goes on to say that those who are God's handiwork, have been created in Christ Jesus.

You are born (again) by the Lord— upon repentance.

Why?

For good works. Only good works (fruit), and God prepared, in advance, for you to do them.

If I were to bake a cake, then I would not allow (to the best of my ability) anyone to come in and smash it. It has a purpose. What I "create" will do as I say if I can help it.

And I am a human, and have limited ability to keep my "creation" for its designated purpose.

But God?

He is all-powerful.

He is not limited in his ability to keep his creation from what brings death.

He will not allow his creation to be tempted beyond what they can bear (I Corinthians 10:13).

They will not fall.

He keeps their foot from slipping (Psalm 121:3)

They will not sin, for sin is death, always, and a soul is not born new, and then dies, and then is born new, and then dies, for that would require putting Jesus to death again, and that won't happen.

Hebrews 10:26 tells us there remains no sacrifice for those who continue to sin.

Those who have been saved have been saved FROM something.

It is sin.

Sin causes dying in every soul who sins.

We are saved from what would cause dying.

It is sin.

If you still sin, then you have not been saved from what causes death, every time, in every way.

Your sin is no different than the sin of the one who would say that they don't believe.

To say that you believe is to live according to the Truth— always.

That can only be done by being born again.

Being born-again (recreated) is done by Jesus Christ upon that part of you that sins.

He gives a new heart to the repentant.

That new heart has completely new desires, and what we desire, we will do.

The repentant will do as commanded. She has new desires.

She will love.

Or would a God, who is love, give a new heart, and then cause great distress for that soul by giving them new desires without the ability to do those desires?

In the new birth, the Holy Spirit comes to live in that soul to do as they couldn't without him.

She loves— always.

Love fills her soul.

If you sin, then you have your back to God, and if you have your back to God, that is betrayal.

Or would you say that you sin boldly in front of God's face?

Impossible. 

Only those who are without sin stand boldly in front of God's face.

Those without sin commit no sin.

Or do you think that when you sin it is automatically blotted out, and you can go merrily down the narrow road skipping, and sinning, as you go, because as soon as you sin, the blotter inks out the sin?

What about the sin of unbelief?

And adultery?

And drunkenness, lying, and murder?

And every sin imaginable, no matter if committed daily, or is it just sin that is occasional?

The question remains.

If you are saved, then from what are you saved?


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