SALVATION BY FAITH OR BY REVELATION? DO YOU WANT OUT OF THE MATRIX OR NOT?
In this series we have examined some Scripture that tells us in no uncertain terms that TRUE SALVATION is in fact a revelation of WHO & WHAT Jesus Christ really is, and that the modern Church is in utter rebellion to the truths of Scripture – holding fast to “we are saved by faith and belief, and not of works, lest anyone should boast.”
As stated before, the STRAIT GATE and NARROW WAY are not, nor ever could be, classified as a WORK. Obedience to the commands of Christ are NOT A WORK, OR A LEGALISM. People who claim that are apostates, pure and simple. Many a Scripture is tossed aside to maintain that position, in fact, almost all the WORDS OF CHRIST HIMSELF as recorded are discarded, redacted, hidden away, or not ever mentioned, something Jesus warned about.
The truth of GRACE is also being twisted. GRACE brought Jesus Christ into the Matrix, because fallen humanity does not deserve any grace whatsoever. Jesus brought with Him INSTRUCTIONS on how to get out of or ESCAPE the MATRIX. Grace brought a STRAIT GATE and a NARROW WAY as we deserve neither one. Therefore, DO NOT frustrate the GRACE OF GOD by refusing to ENTER IN. “Do you not remember that I have told you these things?”
The warnings of the Lord appear to go unheeded among the comatose Christians, either unwilling or unable to discern even the most blatant commands of the Lord regarding real and true salvation. Prophecy said that would happen. All sorts of new doctrines are now beginning to surface that Satan has come up with to keep one IN THE MATRIX, keep them running down rabbit holes, forever learning but NEVER able to come to a knowledge of the truth! They are unable to escape, unable to even begin to discern their true position and of what salvation actually consists.
One of those doctrines is the “Pauline” doctrine, that is, the four gospels really belong in the Old Testament and have nothing to do with true salvation — especially Matthew. It was all for the JEWS, they claim. Ignored is the fact that Jesus was REJECTED by the Jews and began the formation of HIS CHURCH that would go world-wide. He even said He would give the GOSPEL to “another nation” (THE TRUE CHURCH). Paul does not replace Jesus Christ! Jesus CALLED OUT PAUL to take THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST to the Gentiles. How these sorts of heresies get started and are now being embraced by MANY is a mystery.
He even said These folks claim they are “rightly dividing the Word.” They are in fact DESTROYING THE WORD, they are DESTROYING SALVATION. They follow, they claim, PAUL’S GOSPEL, and that the Words of Christ do not apply today. They go even further and say that Jesus could not have meant what He said, because it would be impossible. Not realizing of course, symbology is often used by Jesus to make a point, clearly illustrated in The Book Of Revelation.
But what if Paul’s words tie directly to what Jesus said? What if Paul verifies SALVATION BY REVELATION, and totally verifies EXACTLY what Jesus said? The same goes for Mark, Luke and John. Where do these folks go from then? This “Pauline Doctrine” is very dangerous because it BYPASSES the CROSS. Remember the song Meatloaf sang that said “I will do anything for love, but I won’t do that…” In other words, what these lost folks are saying is THEY WILL NOT PICK UP THEIR CROSS, FOR CHRIST DID IT FOR US. We will NOT ENTER IN, we REFUSE. So be it, STAY IN THE Matrix, go down to eternal ruin. YOUR CHOICE.
All of this is an avoidance of THE CROSS, which Jesus told us to personally pick up OUR OWN CROSS, DIE THE MYSTERIOUS DEATH of the STRAIT GATE AND NARROW WAY. What then? Remember when Jesus said we had to come to the LIGHT to have OUR DEEDS REPROVED? So let’s take a look at one of Paul’s comments that in essence says the same thing, as THE LIGHT IS A MYSTERY TO THE WORLD, a HIDDEN THING, because the LIGHT is in fact the HIDDEN LOVE TYPE of the Lord, that is DIVINE AGAPE. Divine AGAPE is the HIDDEN LIGHT. Jesus is THE LIGHT. Jesus is THE MYSTERY. Why? Because of the FALL OF MAN way back in Genesis. I suppose Genesis does not apply to us, either?
2 For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;
2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;
3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
A “mystery” is a hidden thing, something that has to be searched out. Could this by why Jesus commanded His followers to ASK, SEEK, KNOCK, STRIVE, LABOR, CONTINUE? It would seem that if something is hidden away, a SECRET THING, that it would have to be HUNTED FOR, SEARCHED OUT UNTIL FOUND. The word MYSTERY is the same word used in Revelation for Masonry and other “mystery” religions. What Satan does is offer a counterfeit MYSTERY AS A DECEPTION. As God says to the disobedient, “I will pick your delusions.” Indeed, He does!!
μυστήριον – mustērion – moos-tay’-ree-on
From a derivative of μύω muō (to shut the mouth); a secret or “mystery” (through the idea of silence imposed by initiation into religious rites): – mystery.
God is a MYSTERY. Divine LOVE is a MYSTERY. The rapture of the Church is a MYSTERY. The TRUE CHURCH is a MYSTERY. But look at what Paul is saying to his people. He says he is waiting for them to ACKNOWLEDGE the MYSTERY OF GOD AND CHRIST, that they all be knitted together in DIVINE LOVE, that they all come to a FULL assurance, a full knowledge of the MYSTERY.
πληροφορία – plērophoria – play-rof-or-ee’-ah
From G4135; entire confidence: – (full) assurance.
πληροφορέω – plērophoreō – play-rof-or-eh’-o
From G4134 and G5409; to carry out fully (in evidence), that is, completely assure (or convince), entirely accomplish: – most surely believe, fully know (persuade), make full proof of.
OK, so now we have EVIDENCE TO CONVINCE ENTIRELY, TO FULLY KNOW, TO MAKE FULL PROOF OF. How in the word could anyone know what the mystery of God was unless God Himself REVEALED IT TO THE OBEDIENT BELIEVER? If we are saved by belief and faith only, then Paul must be a liar, for he says that we must have FULL EVIDENCE, FULL PROOF of the MYSTERY. What Mystery? The Mystery of God the Father and Jesus Christ. In other words, THE REVELATION OF WHAT AND WHO THEY ARE, “God is a SPIRIT.” God is DIVINE LOVE.” The LOVE OF GOD is so far beyond our love types that humanity could never comprehend it unless it is shown to them. That is the sole purpose of the revelation. “Except two be agreed they cannot walk together,” How can you agree to something you have no knowledge of? Ponder that one if you will.
The roots of the word assurance is interesting:
Πλήρης – plērēs – play’-race
From G4130; replete, or covered over; by analogy complete: – full.
Φορέω -phoreō -for-eh’-o
From G5411; to have a burden, that is, (by analogy) to wear as clothing or a constant accompaniment: – bear, wear.
So now let’s take a look at what we are to have FULL ASSURANCE OF, OR THE REVELATION OF:
Σύνεσις – sunesis – soon’-es-is
From G4920; a mental putting together, that is, intelligence or (concretely) the intellect: – knowledge, understanding.
ἐπίγνωσις – epignōsis – ip-ig’-no-sis
From G1921; recognition, that is, (by implication) full discernment, acknowledgement: – (ac-) knowledge (-ing, -ment).
Inasmuch as we are speaking of a DIVINE MYSTERY, then does it not stand to reason that what Paul is speaking of here IS THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST, THE REVELATION OF DIVINE LOVE, for, after all, God is DIVINE LOVE!!
1 John 3:1
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.
So here we are told that this TYPE OF LOVE (what manner of), the LORD HAS BESTOWED upon us is of course, Divine Agape. You don’t have to bestow something upon someone if they ALREADY HAVE IT. This is REBIRTH. True rebirth comes when you COME TO THE LIGHT. This is where TRUE REPENTANCE takes place – it is a LOVE TYPE EXCHANGE.
Now if we go back to Matthew Chapter 7 that everyone says does not apply, we find that the “WAY” is the NARROW WAY and we are told that this narrow way LEADS to ETERNAL LIFE, for Christ is ETERNAL LIFE. “He who has the Son has “life.” Obviously then, the NARROW WAY leads us to THE LIGHT, found in John Chapter Three.
19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
Humanity is FALLEN. The only LIGHT they have is a FALLEN LIGHT. They have been cut off from the TRUE LIGHT of DIVINE AGAPE. It is not in their nature, they have been totally cut off from Divine Love. This is why Jesus says THEY MUST TO COME TO THE LIGHT. It does not say “believe in the light or have faith in the light.” It says COME TO THE LIGHT! Obviously faith and belief are prerequisites that propel you to COME to the light.
There is only ONE condemnation. ONLY ONE. The issue between MAN and GOD is a LOVE TYPE issue. Paul is telling us that he wants all believers to FIND THE MYSTERY OF GOD, WHICH IS “DIVINE LOVE.” He is pushing us on to the REVELATION OF GOD. That’s it, there is nothing more. If you want OUT of the fallen matrix, which will soon be devoured by FIRE, then keep on keeping on, or ENTER IN and ASK, SEEK, KNOCK, STRIVE, LABOR, and CONTINUE.
King James Version
31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
33 They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?
Notice the conditional IF, a great big word that everyone ignores:
ἐάν – ean – eh-an’
From G1487 and G302; a conditional particle; in case that, provided, etc.; often used in connection with other particles to denote indefiniteness or uncertainty: – before, but, except, (and) if, (if) so, (what-, whither-) soever, though, when (-soever), whether (or), to whom, [who-] so (-ever). See G3361.
Μένω – menō – men’-o
A primary verb; to stay (in a given place, state, relation or expectancy): – abide, continue, dwell, endure, be present, remain, stand, tarry (for), X thine own.
Γινώσκω – ginōskō – ghin-oce’-ko
A prolonged form of a primary verb; to “know” (absolutely), in a great variety of applications and with many implications (as shown at left, with others not thus clearly expressed): – allow, be aware (of), feel, (have) known (-ledge), perceive, be resolved, can speak, be sure, understand.
Sounds very much like Paul’s “acknowledgment” of THE MYSTERY. Do you begin to see why FAITH and BELIEF by themselves don’t cut it? Jesus is telling you that IF you will do as He commands, you will KNOW FOR SURE, HAVE NO DOUBT, BE CERTAIN of your salvation because Jesus has REVEALED HIMSELF to you.
Faith and belief are dangerous simply because if used alone, they can easily mislead one. You can BELIEVE and have FAITH IN ANYTHING YOU WANT. You can convince yourself what you believe IN is the truth and even die for that belief, only to find out after your demise what you believed in was FALSE! Just take a look at all the religions of the world – all of which tell you to BELIEVE, to have FAITH in whatever belief structure they present, and of course they want your money. What Jesus says is just the opposite for He commands you to CHECK IT OUT FOR YOURSELF, and NOT TAKE HIS WORD FOR IT:
16 Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.
17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.
18 He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.
How is that possible without Divine Revelation? Ponder that one for a while.
There is no mistake here. This is really beyond all interpretational differences. The refusal of all of this is REBELLION, and DENIAL. They both lead to eternal ruin, just as Jesus said.
So, the question is, do YOU want to know THE REAL TRUTH of the Matrix? Do you want to KNOW the MYSTERY of Jesus Christ? Do YOU want to be saved or not? Take the BIG RED PILL and Jesus will show you how deep His rabbit hole is!! IF so, then post haste do as Jesus Commanded.