For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Ephesians 2:8

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Friday, May 10, 2024

The Christian Grace Life

 The Christian Grace Life

Just because someone places their faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sins and eternal life, does NOT mean they think it is a license to sin or that is it permission to live any way they want. At the same time, they also have full assurance of salvation. Colossians 2:2-3 KJV One cannot sin their way out of salvation. You cannot lose by moral imperfection what you did not attain by moral perfection. Ephesians 2:8-10 KJV Once a person is saved their spirit is made alive and righteous as Jesus' righteousness is imputed to their account and that is what God sees when He looks at you when you are saved. Romans 8:10 KJV While our spirit has been made alive, we still live in a vile fleshly body. As saved Christians, we have 2 choices. To walk after the Spirit in faith or listen to the flesh warring against the spirit wanting to sin all the time, EVEN saved Christians still sin. God is aware of this dynamic. Romans 6-8 KJV. Walking after the Spirit is standing in God's grace in confidence that you have forgiveness of past present and future sins while walking in faith of who you are NOW in the Spirit. Who you are now read Ephesians 1 KJV for starters. It is one of the most exciting chapters in the bible !!! I wrote this blog post on who we are now from Ephesians 1 KJV: CLICK HERE TO READ IT Walking in faith after the Spirit practically example - when tempted to sin or after you sin, you tell yourself "that is not who I am anymore" and by faith read in scripture, pray, meditate on who we are now in Paul's epistles. Then we praise God for His amazing grace that KEEPS US SAVED. (For who we are now once saved, see my blog post and/or read Ephesians 1 KJV). But as you can see, sanctification (being made holy set apart once saved), like salvation is also by grace through faith and not by human effort absence of God's Spirit. Once saved you have been made righteous and are a child of God seated in the heavenlies spiritually. You just need to walk in faith that is who you are now. This grace lifestyle keeps us focused on on how God's love and grace through Jesus Christ sustains us once saved. HIs righteousness not ours. Those focused on works based salvation and/or sanctification are focused on how they think their own righteousness by their own efforts pleases God and they glory in their flesh with their imperfect obedience. 1 Corinthians 1:29 KJV That no flesh should glory in his presence. If you walk after the flesh once saved you will sin. (Actually you sin all the time as Romans 14:23 KJV says 'whatsoever is not of faith is sin". Under that definition we all sinned at least 20 times today probably more.) If you walk after the Spirit in faith you will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh. Romans 8:5-6 KJV You will sin and when you do, your sin is no longer imputed to you once saved and your flesh has been spiritually cut off from your soul by the circumcision not made with human hands. Colossians 2:12 KJV Therefore, once saved you cannot sin your way out of salvation as you have been placed "in Christ", spiritually your flesh would be cut off from your soul, not imputing sin. There is no scriptural proof of this process being placed "in Christ" reversed in Paul's epistles or even how that would work. God cannot be mocked, however. He knows what you believe and trust in. Galatians 6:7-8 KJV Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. Notice those that live after the flesh in the above verse, once saved are still subject to the corruption of sin in their lives. The earthly consequences of sin still remain for the saved Christian. All believers will, however , go before the judgment seat of Christ to determine rewards or loss of rewards based upon your service in the body of Christ. If you are busy sinning and ignore sound doctrine and service in the Spirit, while your sin is forgiven past, present, and future, in theory that would mean loss of rewards if you sinned instead of building on sound doctrine. 1 Corinthians 3:12-15 KJV This is the Christian life and we have victory through the grace of God through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior !!! Grace and Peace

The Simple Gospel That Saves: To be saved: You not ONLY have to believe in who Jesus is, you ALSO have to believe and trust only in Jesus’ death burial and resurrection for the forgiveness of sins, and God’s free gift of eternal life as that is what saves us. Believe and trust the simple gospel that saves - 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 KJV Trust ONLY in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus for your salvation ! After you are saved: Romans 12:2 KJV - To grow in God's grace and learn about your exciting new identity and future then renew your mind daily with sound doctrine, which is the instruction that Jesus gave the Apostle Paul for the body of Christ in Romans through Philemon KJV Earn rewards in heaven now: by applying body of Christ sound doctrine in the inner man (found in Romans through Philemon KJV) - 1 Corinthians 3:12-15 KJV

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