GRACE vs. WORKS – PART TWO


In our first installment, we attempted to show folks that humanity is a fallen creature, and as such, no matter how great his works, they are all vanity because they are all done in a fallen state, with a fallen mind, and therefore are counted as worthless.

We said a leopard cannot change his spots, because the spots are part of his DNA construct, that is, part of his very nature. Likewise, humanity cannot change the essence of his nature, and that is why good works, law-keeping, legalisms and rituals, no matter what type are worthless in this thing we call salvation.

All such attempts to “whitewash ourselves” are in the end total vanity, because we still have our “spots” which in humanities case are our SINS, brought about by our inherited SIN NATURE, and there is nothing we can do to erase it. The point being that if we cannot, by any means whatever, CHANGE OUR NATURE, then ONLY THE LORD CAN CHANGE IT!

Modern Christianity says a person is saved and heaven bound if they believe or have faith in Christ. It is a half-truth, and that makes it a whole lie when it comes to authentic and true salvation under Christ. One would have to have faith in the Lord before one would become OBEDIENT to what the Lord commands of us. In fact, one could say that TRUE FAITH IS OBEDIENCE. After all, if you did not believe that Christ actually was THE LORD, why would anyone do as the Lord commanded?  Hebrews speaks of this very thing, that one must FIRST BELIEVE THERE IS A GOD, and then that He is a rewarder of them that DILIGENTLY SEEK HIM OUT (Hebrews 11:6). Jesus said the same thing, only He said we are to SEEK, ASK, STRIVE, KNOCK, AND LABOR FOR THE DOCTRINE THAT ENDURES UNTO ETERNAL LIFE.

Those are not my words, folks, those are the LORD’S WORDS. This is where Satan came in immediately to mislead millions of Christians into their eternal ruin and rejection AND SAYS ALL OF THIS IS NOT TRUE, all one has to do is BELIEVE and have FAITH IN CHRIST.

All of this ASK, SEEK, KNOCK, STRIVE, LABOR, are there to TELL YOU that God is HIDDEN, a SECRET, and resides in a SECRET PLACE, and one must diligently seek HIM OUT to be saved.

It is right here that the FORGOTTEN COMMANDMENT comes into play. Modern Christianity says all one needs is FAITH and BELIEF, and says nothing at all about that we must DILIGENTLY SEEK HIM OUT.

Here we have a choice:

FAITH & BELIEF vs. SEEK GOD OUT

 

Now modern Christians would say that there is NO TRUTH WHATEVER that we MUST SEEK GOD OUT and FIND HIM. They all say that this is a false teaching, an anathema. It is adding something to the modern doctrine of BY FAITH ALONE and therefore MUST BE REJECTED.

But what if one could prove by the Bible and the Words of Christ that TRUE FAITH, and TRUE BELIEF ARE NOT OPPOSED TO EACH OTHER, BUT COMPLIMENT EACH OTHER and become the dynamic force that propels the true believer to SEEK GOD OUT?  What then? Our equation then changes only slightly:

TRUE FAITH & BELIEF ARE THE DYNAMIC (FORCE) THAT PROPELS ONE TO SEEK GOD OUT AND TO FIND HIM!

Over and over in the Bible we find references to the FINDING OF THE LORD, that is COMING TO THE LORD and FINDING OUT WHO HE IS (called the REVELATION), and is far different than just believing in Him. Perhaps that is why Jesus commanded us to pick up our cross and follow Him. More on this later.

So why does Jesus COMMAND US to FIND HIM? Why would this be necessary? Why not just have faith and belief in Him and that is it? The answer is stunning in its simplicity – we need to have our nature changed and only CHRIST CAN ACCOMPLISH IT WHEN WE MEET HIM in a real and experiential manner – the EXACT and ONLY requirement Jesus used to REJECT MILLIONS OF CHRISTIANS IN MATTHEW 7!! What did He say to the millions of Christians who were sincere and dedicated to Christ? He said only that “He did not come to know them experientially.”

Here it is in Matthew 7:22-27:

22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

 

Why did Jesus NOT know them? The answer lies in the command of Jesus Christ to ENTER IN AT THE STRAIT GATE and walk the NARROW WAY UNTO LIFE. He also said only a VERY FEW WOULD DO IT, the rest of His people REFUSED IT. They OPTED FOR THE FAKE PREACHERS, TEACHERS and EVANGELISTS who told them all they had to do was simply believe in Christ, have faith in Christ and that was it!

13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

 

Guess who these false prophets are, who come to you as CHRISTIAN LEADERS, TEACHERS, PREACHERS, PROPHETIC SCHOLARS?  They are all around you, filling our pulpits, seminaries, TV & RADIO evangelists, bible scholars – and just as Peter and Christ warned, they are fleecing the flock out of their money, homes, lands and SALVATION, ALL THE WHILE PREACHING A TOTALLY FALSE SALVATION DOCTRINE –  a doctrine with no COMING TO CHRIST TO FIND HIM, TO MEET HIM PERSONALLY. If you think all of this is just a lie, search it out, you find out it is all TOO TRUE.

No one wants to face what Jesus says to the millions upon millions of Christians. They are rejected because they NEVER MET HIM ONE ON ONE. They may have known WHO HE WAS but they did not bother to find out WHAT HE WAS!

So, what is all of this about? Why is all of this commanded of us? TO GET OUR NATURE CHANGED!! To have our DNA altered and the SPIRIT LINE RECONNECTED TO JESUS CHRIST, to BE BORN AGAIN, TO BE SET FREE, and when the SON OF MAN sets you FREE, you are FREE INDEED. You are an escapee, FREE, let lose out your prison and set FREE OF ANY WORKS, ANY ATTEMPTS TO MAKE ONESELF RIGHTEOUS BEFORE A HOLY GOD.

When one meets Christ, they are meeting the DIVINE SPIRIT OF THE LORD, for God is DIVINE LOVE, and God is a SPIRIT. That is why Jesus said the time has come to worship God IN TRUTH, and IN SPIRIT. Both of these only apply to AUTHENTIC BORN AGAIN BELIEVERS, who have MET CHRIST ONE ON ONE, and who have been GRANTED THE GIFT OF DIVINE AGAPE:

 

1 John 3:1-3

3 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore, the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

And every man that hath this hope in him purified himself, even as he is pure.

So what is TRUE SALVATION? It is first of all being shown what DIVINE LOVE IS, and then REPENTING OF YOUR OWN SO-CALLED LOVES, and ACCEPTING THE FREE GIFT OF CHRIST, that is, He grants you ETERNAL LIFE if you OPEN THE DOOR, and LET HIM IN TO YOUR HOLY OF HOLIES PER REVELATION 3:19-22:

19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

 

All of this is required because you cannot change your nature, only GOD CAN. He does it via rebirth, and the flesh profits NOTHING because the flesh is worthless, full of dead men’s bones. Any attempts to clean up the flesh are totally without merit. They are total vanity. We come to another equation:

LAW KEEPING vs. SEARCHING CHRIST OUT, FINDING HIM AND OBTAINING REBIRTH

You cannot be born from above or reborn in the Spirit until you have searched out and found JESUS CHRIST on a personal ONE ON ONE ENCOUNTER. It is TRUE, even if you reject it as FALSE.

Do not find out the HARD WAY that all of your law-keeping, rituals, legalisms meant nothing whatsoever and be rejected by Jesus Christ because you REFUSED to SEEK, ASK, KNOCK, STRIVE, and LABOR TO FIND HIM. Do not find out THE HARD WAY that all your law-keeping and rituals DID NOT CHANGE YOUR NATURE, and that you rejected the ADVICE OF CHRIST to ENTER YE IN AT THE STRAIT GATE.

When Christ says to the multitudes of Christians that He NEVER came to know them experientially He is really saying to them YOU ARE NOT BORN AGAIN. The real issue according to multitudes of Scripture is SEARCHING OUT CHRIST, FINDING HIM, REPENTING BEFORE HIM, OPENING THE DOOR AND ACCEPTING HIS FREE GIFT OF DIVINE LOVE AS HE COME INTO YOU, SUPS WITH YOU AND YOU WITH HIM.

It is all true, but of course, millions reject it and come up with all sorts of excuses as to why they do not have to pick up their cross, follow Christ into death, and be resurrected into NEW LIFE. The CROSS IS FOOLISHNESS UNTO THEM THAT PERISH (1 Cor 1:18). Not the Cross of Christ, their OWN CROSS, which they refused to PICK UP and ENTER IN.

“Except a CORN OF WHEAT (INDIVIDUAL CHRISTIAN) FALL INTO THE GROUND AND DIE, IT ABIDETH ALONE.”

Jesus went to Calvary, and there, on the cross, He died for humanity, and gave us a WAY IN if we will take it, and Jesus said the vast majority of people REFUSE TO TAKE IT, and therefore face eternal ruin. All of this is rejected by the faith and belief only crowd of modern believers. Apart from the Lord opening their eyes, there is little point in trying to convince them, they must see it for themselves.

So, to sum it up, we have only two choices:

LAW KEEPING vs. FINDING CHRIST

FAITH & BELIEF ONLY vs. FINDING CHRIST

 

One leads to ruin, the other to ETERNAL LIFE. My advice? SEARCH THE MATTER OUT BUT I BELIEVE YOU HAVE VERY LITTLE TIME LEFT. THE AGE OF GRACE, that is, THE STRAIT GATE and NARROW WAY are about to close. From then on out, it is OFF WITH YOUR HEAD.

You do not have to continue to whitewash yourself as you strive to be perfect.  You only need to DO as Christ commanded us to do: SEEK HIM OUT WITH ALL DUE DILIGENCE, to CONTINUE in HIS DOCTRINE UNTIL YOU “FIND” THE TRUTH (WHO IS JESUS CHRIST). That’s it, that’s all.

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3 thoughts on “GRACE vs. WORKS – PART TWO

  1. Thank you so much for this article and its two parts. As there are actually also two parts to the Plan of Salvation, another name for the Everlasting Gospel. What are those two parts: why Justification, and sanctification, these two! And as you have suggested from Scripture a number of reasons why people are told “I never knew you,” by Yahushua Messiah (see Matthew 7: 23b), this is simply another fashion used by so many who will not have eternal life: These desire only the first part of the Plan, which is justification, which is the work of a single moment of time, whereby they will choose to believe the Gospel, and be thereby justified:

    “But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; 25: Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification” (Romans 4: 24, 25, KJV). Justification is the work of a moment as noted, and is the work of faith imputed unto all who choose to place their faith in the Messiah Yahushua.

    Sanctification however, is the work of a lifetime. When someone were to ask the question concerning these things, it would be made clear to them, HAD THERE ONLY BEEN ONE MOMENT NEEDED, for the salvation of a man or woman, then all the Father needed to have done, was to place His only begotten in the Earth as the first Adam was placed, as a man already when created. And so it becomes very clear, if all there were to salvation, was justification, Yahushua could have been created as a Man, let us say at the age of 33, and He would then have approached the Pharisees of the day, and preached unto them a very clear, and yet strong message of approximately 6 months duration, and then they would have had Him crucified. But this was not the case, for a specific reason!

    Messiah was born a Man, that over a period of 33½ literal years, He could live out a perfect life on Earth, that He might, throughout that whole life, LEARN that which was most necessary, to ensure the sanctification of all who would call upon His Name, that the Holy Spirit, which is the mind of Messiah abiding in the life (see: Genesis 1: 2b: “And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters”; Colossians 1: 16; 1Peter 2: 21; and 1Corinthians 2: 16),

    These few verses from Scripture explain how the Holy Spirit, which is the mind of Messiah before He became Messiah, created all things as noted in Colossians 1: 16; however, that which the Messiah had to do when having become a man, was to learn how to live “in the likeness of sinful flesh” (Romans 8: 3, KJV), without sinning!

    Thus Messiah was given this great spiritual chore, that His mind might be chosen by a justified Christian, to enter into his sinful physical nature, that the mind of Messiah – the holy spirit – might take over that sinful flesh, and create a new creation within.

    Thank you for the clarification so needful for these days, as the fallen ones who were once righteous angelic beings, together with those humans who have chosen to believe their spiritual lies, are now more dangerous than ever, in presenting a false Gospel to the world.

    As Peter tells us: “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps” (1Peter 2: 21, KJV). Yahushua had to learn how to be sinless in the likeness of sinful flesh, that when after water baptism – a symbolic representation of a daily death to the self, that Messiah might indwell me on a daily basis as I daily choose death to the self, and ask Yahushua to come in and perfect my sinful flesh, unto sanctification – is the proper and complete and salvific manner of that wondrous Plan of Salvation, which we all need to choose daily, to become part unto that Eternal Life offered unto all of those who Love Yahushua’s Second Appearing. He comes to receive unto himself, those who are in character even as He lived while growing up on this Earth.

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  2. Praise the Lord Jesus Christ; Glory-Be unto our Heavenly Father, Amen! You are presenting the TRUTH here as a call to man for LIFE and as a witness against him. The mystery of the world’s delusion is right before us. I have not seen an alternative news site (Christian) yet or a “watchman” site, or a “prepped” site present the WAY. There may be some out there that do, but in my past travels I haven’t. All you can do is call out as you are and do what you are shown to do. Just recently, the Lord Jesus Christ said apart from Him no one is ready for what’s here and coming. And, for those who have been quickened by Him, that these saved one, unless they are walking as He walked in each present moment, even these are not ready on the physical plane in this world, should HE tarry a bit. So much for food, guns and bud-out which are totally useless without Jesus. Peace, Agape and Joy unto you and Cindy and yours.

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