Friday, February 20, 2015

The fruit of righteousness. Grace that "works in"...brings obedience that "works out".

The power of God's Grace is not a progressive work as many people think. Saving Grace is the power of Salvation which is the outflow of Calvary within the human soul. The effect of Calvary upon the believer in Christ... "morally changes the human soul". The corrupt and unholy heart is made clean. Holiness begins when the heart is made clean by the Grace of God. Salvation is a complete work performed by God's Grace. The fruit of Salvation is the morally changed heart and life of a sinner to state of becoming... a child of God.
When the Bible says, "Work out your Salvation with fear and trembling" it doesn't mean to gradually get closer to God. It means to work out what God already "worked within you".
Phil ye have always "obeyed", not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Notice the language of the scripture. Paul commended the Phillipian church because they "always obeyed". What caused these believer's in Christ, to obey God? God had already performed the work of Salvation within those hearts and lives. The Phillipian Church was saved. They were filled with the fruits of righteousness. Paul was confident of this, because he knew what God had already given them. He knew Divine Grace that flowed from Calvary was enough to sustain these believers, all the way through life...until the day of Christ's return.

Phil 1:6...Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

Phil 1:10-11...That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.

You can be filled with the fruits of righteousness in this life. You can obey God every day of your existence. You can have assurance and confidence that Salvation is the beginning of the new heart and new life. This is the blessing of Salvation and obedience to God. This is the new heart and the new life the Bible teaches about.  This is obedience to God that the world doesn't have or know about. You can live victorious! You can have contentment found in the holy life! You can walk and live with obedience to God every day of your existence in Christ! Be blessed by the power of God's Grace! This is what the Bible teaches! Read it closely! Meditate on it! Glory!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The power of the Gospel found in Old Testament Promises

Faith is built on the Promises of God. Old Testament Promises of God contain the "true Gospel". This same Gospel is the Gospel that Christ commanded us to preach. The Gospel is God's Divine power to save the human soul.

2 Peter 1:3-4...According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
  • Satan's head bruised - Genesis 3:15
  • Christ born of a virgin - Isaiah 7:6
  • Christ born in Bethlehem - Micah 5:2,3
  • Christ's Priesthood after the order of Melchizedek - Psalm 110:4
  • Death of Christ - Isaiah 53
  • Thy seed would bless the families of the Earth - Genesis 26:4
  • Promise of the Holy Spirit - Joel 2, Ezekiel 36:24-29
  • Christ would rule from His earthly Throne - Jeremiah 33:14-16
2 Peter 1:6-10...And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: