Romans 2:6-7 6He will render to each one according to his works: 7to those who by continuance in good works seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life
Salvation versus Eternal Life… what did the apostle Paul teach?
What does it mean to be ‘saved’?
What have we been ‘saved’ from?
How is ‘salvation’ defined by the Holy Scriptures?
What does the Greek text actually say, and how does it compare with the way today’s mainstream denominations interpret it?
We’ll be addressing all of these questions and more, but first, let’s start with some basics.
Sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin… | Romans 5:12
The living being that sins shall die | Ezekiel 18:4, 20
Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. | John 8:34
Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. | Romans 6:12
Obedience to sin leads to death | Romans 6:16, James 1:14-15
Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? | Romans 7:24
Through our own ‘willful-obedience-to-sin’, we are held captive to sin; condemned to continue in that bondage, slaves to our sin, and sin leads to death.
Who will deliver us from that slavery of sin? Who will save us from that bondage to death? Who will pay our ransom?
But God will ransom my soul from the power of Sheol | Psalm 49:15
I shall ransom them from the power of Sheol; I shall redeem them from Death. | Hosea 13:14
For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” | Mark 10:45
She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins. | Matthew 1:21
What does the text say that He will ‘save’ them from? It says, ‘from their sins’.
Jesus’s blood was the ransom price required to “deliver/save” humanity from the slavery of sin; He did this of His own free-will.
For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” | Matthew 20:28, Mark 10:45, John 10:18, Psalm 49:15, Jeremiah 31:11, 1 Timothy 2:6, Revelation 5:9
Jesus saved/delivered/freed us from that ‘bondage-of-sin’ by paying the ransom fee; He gave His life so that we would no longer be obedient slaves to our sin.
What does the text say?
Romans 6:6 so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.
Romans 6:17 But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin…
Romans 6:18 and, having been set free from sin…
Romans 6:22 But now that you have been set free from sin…
Revelation 1:5 Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood.
Sin is the bondage. Sin had dominion over us, and Jesus saved/delivered/freed us from that dominion; He saved us from our “slavery” of sin.
Ephesians 2:8 Therefore, by grace are you saved (from the slavery of sin) through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is ‘the gift’ of God
God manifested Himself in the flesh, and in His mercy and compassion, gave Himself to pay the ransom for all. His ‘payment-in-blood’ is ‘the free gift of God’, the gift is not of our doing, He gave it freely because He loves us.
The opportunity was offered before you were even born.
The word “gift” in the Greek is G1435 δῶρον/dōron, and what is never taught by mainstream theology is how this word was used throughout the Scriptures. This is the same word used in Mark 7:11, “But you say, “If a man says to his father or mother, ‘Whatever profit you might have received from me is Corban”—’ (that is, a gift to God)”.
Dōron, in the Septuagint is almost exclusively translated from the Hebrew word קָרְבָּן/qorban/corban, H7133, hence Jesus’s usage of the Hebrew word ‘Corban‘ in Mark 7:11. Brown-Driver-Briggs states this to mean: an offering, an oblation. In the Septuagint it’s used everywhere as δῶρον/dōron, a term which encompasses all kinds of sacrifices, the bloody as well as the bloodless. The noun Qorban is derived from the root verb קָרַב/qarab, H7126, which means ‘to draw near to, approach‘.
The “gift of God” is not a wrapped present tied with a bow. It’s not a prize or a golden ticket, it’s not a keepsake or trinket as we commonly think a “gift” would be. The “gift of God”, the blood of Messiah, is ‘Qorban’, an offering; by using the word dōron Paul is calling it “the offering of God“. God-in-the-flesh offered Himself as the price to pay our ransom and deliver us from the prison-of-sin, so that all mankind might have the opportunity to ‘draw near to God’.
In the original Greek “God” is in the Genitive Case, therefore the gift /offering belongs to Him; Ephesians 2:8 more accurately reads ~
Ephesians 2:8 Therefore, by grace are you delivered through faith. And this is not your own doing; ‘the offering’ is God’s.
He delivered us from the dominion-of-sin in our lives; He saved us from the prison-of-sin by offering himself as the ransom price in order to give everyone the opportunity to escape sin and ‘draw near to God’. Why? So that we could serve Him instead of our sin. [Please click the follow link to read the study, ‘Ephesians 2, Part 1: By Grace You Are Saved… Why?‘].
Paul elaborated on this just a few of chapters later ~
Ephesians 5:2 “And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God
God’s “gift“, the blood of Messiah, “IS” a fragrant offering “TO” God!
The “gift/offering” is NOT ours; it was offered by the Word-of-God-made-flesh “TO” God-the-Father. It is His gift, it was given “TO” Him.
Yes, yes, I know we can reap the benefits of it, but the verses are clear, the gift was a fragrant offering TO God. That gift/offering “TO” God “IS” the deliverance/saving/ransom price that Jesus paid for us to be rescued from our bondage/prison of sin.
When we walk in ‘obedience-to-our-sin’, we’re alienated and separated from Messiah, without God in the world | Ephesians 2. When we are in that ‘prison-of-sin’, we are trapped, with only death in our future. When we’re in bondage to that ‘slavery-of-walking-in-sin’, we have no chance, no opportunity to be reconciled to the Father, no opportunity to ‘draw near to God’.
That ‘prison‘ of ‘sins-dominion-in-our-life’ is what we are saved from; “that” is what “Salvation” is. Nothing more, nothing less.
That “Salvation”, that “Deliverance” from sins bondage, is through the redeeming blood of the Messiah, and that opportunity is available to everyone. However, we can only reap the benefits of that opportunity IF we have admitted/confessed our sins AND “repented“ ~
Luke 24:47 and that repentance for the remission of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
Acts 2:38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins“
Acts 3:19 Repent therefore, “and” turn back, so that your sins may be blotted out
2 Corinthians 7:10 For godly grief produces a repentance “that leads to” salvation without regret
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to release us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Repentance on our part leads to salvation/deliverance, and the remission of our past sins; that’s what the text says.
IF you have repented, THEN you can have reconciliation with the Almighty, and the opportunity of serving Him without the condemnation of, or even the remembrance of those past sins | Romans 8. We’ll come back to what it really means to ‘repent’ in a minute…
Jesus (the Word-of-God-made-flesh) paid the ransom price, so that everyone could have the opportunity of deliverance from that slavery-of-sin. He paid “everything” that He had for us, so now we owe Him “everything” that we have. He did not spill His blood dying on the cross, so that we could walk out of that slavery and into our own self-sovereignty; He bought us, He paid for us, we are not our own any longer | 1 Corinthians 6:19-20.
So, now that the opportunity for deliverance from that slavery-of-sin has been made available, what are our choices?
What does the text say?
Romans 6:16-19 16Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, EITHER of sin, which leads to death, OR of obedience, which leads to righteousness. 17But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, 18and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. 19I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, SO NOW present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.
According to Paul, everyone has only one of two choices to make:
- Either ignore the opportunity of being saved/delivered from that dead-end prison of ‘obedience-to-sin’, which he said is ‘lawlessness’, and leads to death, OR
- Choose to be obedient servants of God which leads to righteousness and being set-apart/sanctified.
Those are the ONLY two choices the apostle Paul gave us!
Again, the “offering to God” gave everyone the opportunity of deliverance/salvation, that is, being delivered from or set free from sins dominion over us; ‘THAT’ is what we’ve been “saved” from.
Now that the opportunity of being ‘saved from the dominion sin/lawlessness’ has been made available, are we going to throw that opportunity away, and go back to sinning/lawlessness’? Can we continue disobeying God (i.e., sinning) and still expect to reap the benefits of the “gift/offering to God” that Jesus gave on our behalf?
Are we really allowed to continue doing those acts of disobedience/sin/lawlessness that required the death of Jesus in the first place?
What does the text say?
1What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? | Romans 6:1-2
After you “believe” in the Messiah, and His free offering/gift of salvation/deliverance from the prison-of-sins-dominion, are you still allowed to sin? Are you now allowed to live a self-sovereign lifestyle, doing whatever is ‘right’ in your own eyes?
Now that ‘deliverance/salvation’ from the slavery-of-sin has been “accepted”, now that you “believe” in the Messiah’s redemption, are you seriously expecting God Almighty to reward you if you continue to walk in disobedience/sin???
God is not mocked ~
Galatians 6:7-8 7Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit from the Spirit reap everlasting life.
Hebrews 10:26-28 26For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries. 28Anyone who has set aside the law of Moses dies without mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses [Verses 26-28 are Present Tense in the Greek.]
2 Peter 2:20-21 20For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning. 21For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than after knowing it to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them.
If having come into a knowing relationship with Messiah, believing, trusting and obeying the Holy Commandments, but leave that relationship, turning back away from the Commandments, and become entangled in the world, the end is worse; meaning, you can choose to leave, but your fate is to lose your opportunity of deliverance offered by ‘The Almighty’.
The offer of ‘salvation/deliverance’ from the dominion-of-sin has been made available to all, but it is a well-known fact that not everyone will inherit Eternal Life.
There will be many who “believe” in Jesus, that he is Lord and Messiah, but will not enter the Eternal Kingdom ~
What does the text say?
Matthew 7:21-23 21“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who ‘does’ the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
- the “many” believed in Jesus. They ‘believed’ that he is the Lord, and they ‘believed’ they were serving Him all along, but they did not get into the Kingdom of Heaven because they were “lawless“; they did NOT keep the Law of God. Please click this link and read, ‘The Law: Fulfilled or Abolished?‘.
In Matthew 7 above, Jesus proclaims that those who ‘do the will of the Father’ will get to enter the Kingdom. He also contrasts those who ‘do the will of the Father’ against those who ‘work lawlessness’… >>>The Son-of-God proclaims that it’s those who ‘work lawlessness’ that do not get to enter the Kingdom, ‘EVEN if they believe in Him‘…<<< Doing the will of the Father is the opposite of working lawlessness, therefore, doing the will of the Father is equal to working ‘lawfully’. According to Jesus, “that fact” is the path that leads to entering the Kingdom of Heaven.
“That” is what the text says!
◊♦◊♦◊ The opportunity of ‘Salvation-from-sin’ made possible by the blood, death and resurrection of Jesus (gift/offering to God) is not ‘Eternal Life’ in the Kingdom; ‘Salvation’ makes ‘Eternal Life’ possible. ◊♦◊♦◊
Without being ransomed/redeemed from that slavery-to-sin, it is impossible for us to escape. Now that we have been given the ‘opportunity‘ of being ‘saved/delivered’ from our ‘prison-of-sin’, we can now choose to either stay in that prison of serving sin, or we can choose to serve righteousness. Remember, those were the ONLY options given to us by the apostle Paul in Romans 6:16 above.
Serving righteousness is ‘doing the will of the Father’ (Matthew 7 above), and that is what gains us ‘Eternal Life’ in the Kingdom (Please read the study by clicking this link, ‘Justification vs. Righteousness‘ to understand the difference between the two).
What does the text say?
Romans 2:6-7 6He will render to each one according to his works: 7to those who by continuance in good works seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life
Paul was only quoting the Master ~
Matthew 19:16-17 16And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” 17And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter into life, keep the commandments.”
Here is a Jewish man asking Jesus how to attain ‘eternal life’; this would have been the perfect time for Jesus to say, ‘just believe in me and you’ll have eternal life’.
But Jesus did NOT say that did he?
Jesus said, “if you would enter into life, keep the commandments”.
Now, mainstream Christianity will inevitably make the “claim”, ‘well, we only have to keep the commandments that are in red letters in the gospel’s’.
But the fact is, when Jesus spoke these words the “red-letter-gospels” not only hadn’t been written yet, but the man Jesus is talking to will be long dead by the time they finally do get written down! Jesus was NOT referring to a ‘red-letter-commandment’ of any New Testament gospel; that mainstream dogma is false doctrine!
So, when Jesus said to this Jewish man, “keep the commandments”, what was the only canonized list of commandments available to him? What were the only documented commandments this Jewish man could refer to when he went home that day after visiting with Jesus, a Jewish rabbi, from the tribe of Judah?
Think about that logically for a moment, and not emotionally…
The only documented list of commandments available to that Jewish man at the time that Jesus spoke those words was the Law of God given through Moses. The Law of Moses is “the commandments” that Jesus is referring to in this verse; keeping the Law of Moses is required to “enter into life”, at least according to the Son of God…
It has nothing to do with ‘salvation/deliverance from sin’, they were talking about how to attain eternal life.
According to the Scriptures, some of which you have already read above, and more are quoted below, “Salvation” and “Eternal Life” are not the same thing. “Salvation from Sin” or “Deliverance from Sin” is not the same thing as “Eternal Life in the Kingdom”.
99% of today’s mainstream denominations teach that they are one and the same. We are being lied to, whether it is on purpose or in ignorance, it’s still deception.
The free offering/opportunity of ‘Salvation-from-the-prison-of-sin‘ now makes ‘Eternal Life’ possible. By obedience to righteousness, by ‘doing the will of the Father’ we will enter into Eternal Life and the Kingdom. Without the free offering/opportunity we can do nothing! Without the free offering/opportunity of being ‘saved/delivered’ from the prison-of-sin, we are condemned, without God, without hope.
The free offering/opportunity is not free entrance into the Kingdom; the free offering/opportunity is a reprieve, a pardon from prison-of-sin, and the remission of past sins IF you ‘repent’.
‘Repenting‘ is the KEY to both ‘Salvation’ and ‘Eternal Life’!
“True” repentance is not what we are being taught by mainstream theology either. It is ‘not‘ just feeling sorry for the past was sin. It is ‘not’ just thinking about, grieving or lamenting with sorrow over your sin, that is called “regret”. True repentance is ‘not’ just the conscious pain and anguish of self-guilt; that is called “remorse”.
“True” repentance is also ‘not’ an altar-call, nor saying the sinners’ prayer.
What does the text say?
Acts 2:38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins
Acts 3:19 Repent therefore, “and” turn back, that your sins may be blotted out
True repenting according to the precepts of Scripture is actually twofold:
- Owning/Confessing/Despising your past sin
- Turning away from the past sin and turning back to the obedience of God’s Instructions!
Mental acknowledgement and regret of sin is not enough and is completely useless if you continue in disobedience/sin/lawlessness. Obedience to God’s Instructions/Laws is doing what is “right” in the eyes of God, i.e., ‘Righteousness’.
What does the text say?
Romans 2:13 for not the hearers of the law [are] righteous before God, but the doers of the law shall be declared righteous
Today’s mainstream definition of ‘repentance’ is solely an emotional, esoteric feeling of sorrow or guilt. It has become the simplistic event of confession alone without the deliberate action of stopping the sin. “Repentance” has been redefined as ‘a feeling‘, rather than a “change-of-mind and conduct worthy of a changed-heart, and the abhorrence of sin“.
The vast majority of mainstream Christianity believes repentance is, ‘I’m sorry I sinned‘ and the ‘regret’ is enough because, “well, I’m saved because I believe in Jesus, so he forgives me even if I keep sinning”… this is complete nonsense, and totally unscriptural!
Matthew 3:1-2,8 In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand… 8Bear fruit in keeping with repentance.”
Luke 5:32 Jesus said… “I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”
Luke 13:2-9 2And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? 3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. 4 Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? 5 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” 6 And he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. 7 And he said to the vinedresser, ‘Look, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down. Why should it use up the ground?’ 8 And he answered him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure. 9 Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’”
- ◊♦◊♦◊ if you have ever wondered why Jesus told this parable of the fig tree, it was to show that true repentance means you will bear fruit, i.e., to work righteousness and not sin, or you will perish ◊♦◊♦◊
Luke 24:46-47 and He said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47 and that repentance “for the remission of sins“ should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
Acts 3:19,26 Repent therefore, and turn back, “that your sins may be blotted out“… 26having raised up His child Jesus, did send him, blessing you, in the turning away of each one from your evil ways.’ ◊♦◊♦◊
Romans 2:4-11 Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? 5 But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. 6 He will render to each one according to his works: 7 to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; 8 but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. 9 There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, 10 but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. 11 For God shows no partiality.
◊♦◊♦ 2 Corinthians 7:10 For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation ♦◊♦◊
Hebrews 10:26-27 For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment
You MUST REPENT; acknowledge/confess the sin & “TURN AWAY” from sinning (lawlessness) & work righteousness (lawfulness), or you will perish and NOT enter the Eternal Kingdom.
The understanding alone, the remorse alone, the mental regret alone of the act of sinning is not enough! If you admit you sinned and feel bad about it but continue in that sin, your confession is useless. ‘I’m sorry I stole the money, and I understand that it is sin, but if I take it again tomorrow or the next chance I get, it’s okay because I will have regret about it‘; that is NOT repentance; it’s called lying to yourself…
If you ‘truly-change-your-mind’ and repent, then your actions will “bear the fruit” to prove it. Let’s use some common sense and NOT lie to ourselves.
God is NOT mocked, and He will NOT be fooled by lame excuses to sin, or by false regret/remorse. He requires that His covenanted people obey Him. If we are ‘truly-repentant’ in our mind because of our sinning/disobedience, then we will STOP disobeying/sinning and turn-back to obeying Him. If you don’t stop the sin which you “claim” to have repented from, then you have NOT repented.
You MUST turn away from sinning and you MUST turn back to obeying the Creator’s Instructions, or there is no covering of your sin, but only fearful judgement (Hebrews 10 above). You will have forfeited your opportunity of deliverance/salvation from sin if you turn back to sin.
“Salvation/Saved” is NOT a rank NOR a status, it’s NOT a designation NOR a title of any “believer”.
The word ‘Saved’, in my humble opinion, should not be used because in today’s mainstream culture, it has lost its true meaning; ‘Delivered’ is far more accurate anyway. In the mainstream vernacular, “Saved” has the connotation of ‘a completed objective‘. It implies that we’ve ‘reached our destination’, it has come to mean “I have arrived safe and sound” with nothing further to do. That could not be further from the truth. The ‘truth’ is, in our sin we are in captivity, we are in slavery and bondage to the desires-of-our-flesh/sin. But, by the Atoning Blood of the Messiah we have been given the opportunity to be “rescued from”, “freed from”, “delivered from” that dominion of our sin.
According to Webster, Deliverance means: release from captivity, slavery, oppression, or any restraint; rescue from danger or any evil; ‘He hath sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives.’ Luke 4:18; Romans 6:18, 22; Revelation 1:5.
The Greek word ‘sṓzō’, which is translated into English as saved or delivered, is defined by Thayer’s Lexicon as follows: G4982 sṓzō (from sōs, “safe, rescued”) – properly, deliver out of danger.
In the Septuagint (the Greek translation of the Hebrew Old Testament), sṓzō is almost exclusively translated from the Hebrew word יָשַׁע / yasha. Strong’s definition for ‘Yasha’ is: H3467 יָשַׁע (yasha) – to deliver; to be liberated or saved or placed in freedom from external evils. Brown-Driver-Briggs defines Yasha as – Deliver; properly to be open, wide or free, that is, (by implication) to be safe; causatively to free or succor. Be liberated, saved; deliver, save (properly give width and breadth to, liberate).
The Messiah paid the ‘ransom’ price for us, allowing us to be liberated from the captivity-of-sin, that slavery. Jesus ‘redeemed’ us; He liberated us from that prison-of-sin. He ‘delivered’ us, so that we can now be set free from our slavery-to-sin.
What? We’ve been given the opportunity of freedom from our slavery-to-sin, so now WE can do what WE want, live how WE want?
No… He ‘bought’ our freedom from sin ‘in order to serve Him‘, the One who purchased us; “for you were bought with a price” | 1 Corinthians 6:20.
If you don’t serve Him on His terms, then you serve sin.
What does the text say?
Romans 6:16-22 16Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness. 17But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, 18and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. 19I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification. 20For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.
It is critical that we go over those verses again, where the apostle Paul proclaimed that there are only two types of slaves on earth. One is the person who serves the Creator, God Almighty, and is a ‘slave of obedience’ which leads to righteousness and eternal life. The other is the person who is a slave to sin, which leads to death (v.16). These are the only two options available to us in our lifetime, at least according to the apostle Paul (please click this lick to read the study, ‘Free from the law of Sin and Death‘).
Paul is very precise, ‘the servants of God who do righteousness gain eternal life’ ~
for not the hearers of the law [are] righteous before God, but the doers of the law shall be declared righteous. | Romans 2:13
But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. |Romans 6:22
Choose this day whom you will serve.
We must walk in obedience to the Master that purchased/ransomed us. You are the servant of whom you serve, either of sin which leads to death, OR of obedience which leads to righteousness [Rom. 6:16] which leads to sanctification [Rom. 6:19] which leads to eternal life [Rom. 6:22].
The reason I’m driving this home so hard is because this is “NEVER” taught in the mainstream churches.
What does the text say?
Romans 2:5-9 5God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. 6He will render to each one according to his works: 7to those who, in patient continuance of good works, seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; 8but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury.
It doesn’t get any clearer than that; obedience and righteous good works are required of us in order to attain eternal life. This is the exact opposite of what is being taught from the mainstream pulpit; the majority of mainstream denominations teach the opposite of what the Word of God proclaims.
If we deliberately/willingly return to any sin (transgression of the Law), then the FREE offering/opportunity (the blood of Jesus offered for that sin) is forfeit!
But, IF we repent from our heart AND mind, stop sinning and walk as Jesus walked, obedient to the will of the Father, THEN we will hear the words “well done, good and faithful servant… enter into the joy of your Master”! | Matthew 25
The-Word-of-God-in-the-flesh proclaimed, just like Paul did in Romans 2:6-7, that our deeds/actions in righteousness (as defined by God’s Word, not by man-made denominations) will reap us the worthiness needed to enter into the Kingdom and Eternal Life. Lawlessness and doing what’s right in our own eyes will only lead to wrath, fury and our destruction; that is what the text says.
Matthew 7:13-14 13“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.
Matthew 7:21-23 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
- The ‘many’ believed in Jesus, that he was the Messiah and they called him “Lord”. But that ‘belief‘ did not get them into the Kingdom because they were workers of “lawlessness”; i.e., breaking the Law of God. Belief alone is not enough to gain Kingdom access…
Matthew 19:16-17 16And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” 17And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.”
- Jesus didn’t say, ‘just believe in me and you can have eternal life.’ That would have been a great time to claim that if it were the case, but he didn’t say that, he said, ‘keep the commandments if you want to enter into life‘. That is what God-in-the-flesh said is required for eternal life. Period.
Matthew 19:28 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life.
Luke 13:24-28 24Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. 25When once the master of the house has risen and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, open to us,’ then he will answer you, I do not know where you come from.’ 26Then you will begin to say, We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’ 27But he will say, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you come from. Depart from me, all you workers of evil!’ 28In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God but you yourselves cast out.
- Again, the many “believed” in Jesus, that he was the Messiah and they called him “Lord” but did not get into the Kingdom. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the Prophets get into the Kingdom, and they never even heard of “Jesus”; but these workers of evil did not get into the Kingdom even though they believed in “Jesus”…
John 3:36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.
- Once again, just mental acknowledgement/belief that Jesus exists or that belief in who He claims to be is enough… belief alone is NOT enough; even the demons believe | James 2:19. Obedience is the requirement needed to attain eternal life.
John 5:28-29 28Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice 29and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done bad to the resurrection of judgment.
- Those “doing good” resurrect to the eternal life. Who decides what those “good” things are? Is it up to you or me, or any of the 41,000 denominational doctrines that can decide who the Father grants eternal life too? Of course not! The one granting the Life decides what is good, and He mercifully had His prophets write down for us what are the good things that meet His requirements.
Romans 2:6-9 6He will render to each one according to his works: 7to those who by patience in good work seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; 8but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, 9there will be wrath and fury.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 9Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
- Who is Paul speaking to here? He’s not writing to unbelieving pagans, he is warning ‘believers’ in Jesus
Galatians 6:7-8 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
2 Peter 1:5-11 5make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, 6and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, 7and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. 8For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. 10Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for IF you practice these qualities you will never fall. 11For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
- In what way will the entrance to the Eternal Kingdom be provided? Peter said by “practicing” certain qualities of behavior! And, he said it will take “effort“, verse 5!
Revelation 2:10-11 10Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life. 11He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who conquers will not be hurt by the second death.
Revelation 3:4-6 4Yet you have still a few names in Sardis, people who have not soiled their garments, and they will walk with me in white, for they are worthy. 5The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life. I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels. 6He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’
Salvation/deliverance, ‘being saved from slavery to sin’, is not Eternal Life, but without being delivered and ransomed from that bondage we have no opportunity to be counted worthy of Eternal Life.
Salvation is an opportunity, one offered by the Creator through the blood, death and resurrection of the Messiah; the offer of forgiveness and acquittal of the past sins that we were enslaved to, which was the death of us. Eternal Life is the reward we merit through Repentance, Faithfulness and Obedience to our new Master; all possible now that we have trusted/believed in the Deliverance offered by the Almighty, through the resurrection of the Messiah from the dead.
The mainstream denominational dogma that “a new religion has taken the place of the old religion”, or that “the Law has been completed and a new dispensation of grace is upon us to take its place” is pure blasphemy! ‘Nothing’ has been done away with, and Jesus the Anointed did not come to start anything new; He came to defeat death so that what we do actually matters!! Without his conquering of death nothing anyone has done or will do matters; we all would be dead in our trespasses and sins. Now, with the deliverance from sin and death made available for all who have faith in the testimony of Jesus, we can walk according to the God-Ordained statutes and commands, that He requires of His covenanted people, without the condemnation of our past sins. We can now be worthy of the inheritance of eternal life that He promised from of old. The only thing Jesus did away with is ‘death’, but only for those that have faith in Him and keep the commandments of God!!!
The FREE offer/opportunity of ‘Salvation-from-our-bondage-to-sin’ makes ‘Eternal Life’ now possible through our own obedience to righteous good works, which are defined by God!
Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure”— for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints | Revelation 19:7-8
People who have not soiled their garments, and they will walk with me in white, for they are worthy. The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life | Revelation 3:4-5
Worthiness is something you deserve by your own merit; that’s what the word ‘worthy’ means. The Bride of Messiah will make herself ready, and her bright, pure linen IS the “righteous deeds” of the saints; again, please click this link to read the study, ‘Justification vs. Righteousness‘.
The worthy will wear white and receive ‘LIFE’, and the only thing that makes you worthy is your righteous deeds, only if you don’t soil your white linen garments; so says the Word of God.
The reward of “Eternal Life” is something you deserve by becoming worthy by your own merit. The ‘Salvation/Deliverance’, which was made available to all by God, now makes ‘Eternal Life’ possible.
Mainstream theology has twisted the Scriptural definitions of ‘salvation’ and ‘eternal life’ into a convoluted doctrine. They’ve tried to blend them together so that they mean the same thing. This is nonsense and completely unscriptural. The modern mainstream denominations teach a false doctrine when they tell you that the salvation offered by God ‘guarantees‘ you eternal life. The free gift to God, the blood of Jesus, is not a golden ticket that says eternal life is now assured. The gift of the Messiah’s redeeming blood gives everyone the opportunity to repent, after which we can then receive remission of sin, so that we ‘can’ then merit Eternal Life in the Kingdom, which was not possible otherwise.
Remember, repentance is the KEY; you get neither Salvation/Deliverance from the bondage to sin nor Eternal Life, unless you ‘stop sinning‘ and obey the Instructions of the Almighty.
What is sin?
1 John 3:4-7 4 Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. 5 You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. 6 No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. 7 Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous.
Righteousness is something you do, and it is required of us in order to inherit Eternal Life!
Choose this day whom you will serve.
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21 thoughts on “Salvation vs. Eternal Life | Romans 2:7”
Mr. Wheeler, interesting article. You are right, this is not something which s being taught in the mainstream churches. From what you have shared it is opposite of Calvinistic theology. From what you have written it seems as if many who believe they are believers may not be. How many of us are really walking in the good works the Lord has prepared for us in Messiah? From my understanding, eternal life also refers to the Messianic Age, “life in the world to come.” Some who may believe but are not living a life of righteousness, a life of obedience, will not inherit the Kingdom, be in the Messianic Age. But will some who are believers now and are spiritually immature (carnal) in their spiritual growth, will they be in the Messianic Age, the Kingdom, but will not be able to dwell in the New Jerusalem to participate in the Wedding Feast, because this will only be for the overcomers? Thank you for sharing this article.
I hope and pray all is well.
Practically every single denomination in Christendom either doesn’t understand these Scriptures, or they’re purposefully ignoring them. 99.9% of all mainstream Christian denominations are misleading their people, not just Calvinism.
There following 3 false doctrines are propagated by the ‘Mainstream Christian System’, which is deceiving the people in that ‘System’ so that they believe heresies, causing them to live in Lawlessness:
1. The Deliverance/Salvation offered by God through the work of the Messiah equals and/or guarantees Eternal Life in the Kingdom of Heaven.
2. The Justification that comes through the trust, faith and belief that we have in the work that the Messiah, somehow cancels out any need for us to ‘do righteousness’, ‘to do the will of the Father’, or ‘to do any works at all’.
3. Lastly, and MOST critical, is that the Torah/Instructions of God given through Moses has been abolished, is no longer valid or in authority for His Covenant people.
The System of Mainstream Christianity is leading its congregants down a road of Lawlessness; the System is designed to hold them in a false sense of security that makes them ‘believe’ that they have already arrived at the final destination. They ‘believe’, “Jesus did it all for me”.
The Word of God is very precise and definitive: Jesus/Yeshua only did what the Father required Him to do, He didn’t do anything that we are required to do.
As for the Millennial Reign of Messiah, that 1,000-year time frame is going to be populated by the survivors of “the Tribulation”, some believers and some unbelievers. Then, at the end of the Millennium the Adversary, Satan, will be released in order to deceive/mislead mankind one last time, and those that are faithful and obedient to the King of Kings will inherit the Eternal Kingdom.
Then “The Books” are opened (Revelation 20) ~
“People who have not soiled their garments, and they will walk with me in white, for they are worthy. The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the Book of Life” (Revelation 3:4-5). Only those whose names are written in the ‘Book of Life’ will see Eternal Life in that ‘Forever’ Kingdom; there is only one way to get our name written into the Book of Life, and that is based on what we “do” (Revelation 20:12).
After all that, then the New Jerusalem comes down from heaven to earth, where the Father and the Son will live for Eternity with those who had ‘conquered’ (Revelation 21:7).
May God bless your time in His Word,
Mr. Wheeler, thank you for your response and for your comments.I do believe we are saved by grace but will be judged by our works. If Mainstream Christianity has not understood things from a Hebraic perspective and 99.9% of Christian denominations are misleading their congregations, then is there anything Christianity has right? I ask because when we understand Yeshua is spoken of as being the Messiah everything begins to change in our reading of the Bible and our thinking of Him. But the Church hardly refers to Him as Messiah, but as Savior, and really it’s a very weak idea of Him as being the Savior. So has Christianity for the most part been wrong in it’s understanding of scripture and in it’s presentation of Yeshua? If it is, then can we really subscribe to Christianity as being our “religion?” Has Christian doctrine been so influenced by Greek Philosophy that this is one reason most of what is presented today as Christian doctrine is wrong? Thank You.
I can only speak for myself; I am a Torah observant Israelite that believes Yeshua is the Messiah. I don’t consider myself a ‘Christian’ because that word has very specific connotations associated with it. In the world we live in, a ‘Christian’ is someone who follows a denominational system that believes the following:
• the Law of Moses has been abolished
• the ‘church’ has replaced Israel
• Jesus counter-manded/changed the Fathers’ Law
• Jesus did “everything” for them, so now they don’t need to do anything
Yeshua did not come to start a new “religion”, nor to do away with an old one. His primary mission was two-fold: First, He came to keep His promise of reconciling His lost sheep (the House of Israel), and at the same time, to offer an opportunity for all of mankind to be delivered from their sins, IF they would REPENT. Secondly, He came as an example, to show us how to walk worthily of the Master, in righteousness as defined by the Instructions of God.
I only use the English name Jesus in my blogs/studies because I am trying to reach those from the Christian system, and they don’t know or understand the name Yeshua, or who He really is; “Jesus” is not Yeshua.
As you mentioned, the Christian System thinks of Jesus, not as “The Anointed One” (Messiah), but as the Savior. This is because of the ‘once saved/always saved’ doctrine; they believe “Jesus did it all for me, so I’m saved; I’ve arrived”. They think that if they ‘mentally acknowledge’ that Jesus died and rose again, then they have a golden ticket and that “they’re good to go”. But the CRITICAL deception is that the Mainstream Christian System teaches that Jesus came to “save” everyone from the Law, and that the Law of God given through Moses is bondage and a curse.
The “Jesus persona” of the Christian System is a different god, and it leads those believers into ‘Lawlessness’, which is the exact opposite of what Yeshua taught:
But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one dot of the Law to become void. | Mark 16:17
Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat, so do and observe whatever they tell you (from Moses’ seat), but not the works they do. For they preach, but do not practice. | Matthew 23:1-3
So Jesus answered them, “My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me”. If anyone’s will is to do “God’s will”, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority. The one who speaks on his own authority seeks his own glory; but the one who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and in him there is no falsehood. “Has not Moses given you the law? Yet none of you keeps the law.” | John 17:16-19
Yeshua is GOD Almighty; He is the “I AM” from mount Sinai manifested in the flesh. He is the Creator that gave the Torah, the Instructions given through Moses:
Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” | John 8:58
Yeshua/Jesus is claiming that he is יהוה of the Scriptures.!.!
God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I am’ has sent me to you.” | Exodus 3:14
The “real Jesus”, Yeshua, is the ‘The Word of God’; He is יהוה-manifested-in-the-flesh. The same God that has always been and always will be; and יהוה does not change:
“For I the יהוה do not change | Malachi 3:6
Unfortunately, because the Mainstream Christian System doesn’t think anything left of ‘Matthew’ applies to them, they only have a rudimentary understanding of the tenets of The Word of God. After almost 2,000 years of man-made denominational doctrines that are steeped in paganism, it’s understanding is twisted | 2 Peter 3:16. Whether they admit it or not, that System claims יהוה has changed.
The “Jesus persona” that Mainstream Theology has forced upon us for centuries is ‘anti-Law’, and that deception has led Christendom into a ‘great falling away’. We need to pray for their eyes and ears to be opened, for ‘the Father to draw them’ and for ‘the Son reveal the Father’ | John 6:44 & Matthew 11:27
Hi Rich, in your above article, your commentary on Hebrews 6:4 (You will have forfeited your opportunity of deliverance/salvation from sin if you turn back to sin.) suggests to me that there are many people who have already forfeited their chance at salvation. Are there people out there today that are irredeemable and without any hope of salvation? Is it too late for them to repent? Thank You, Vaughn
Hello Vaughn, thanks for the comment.
My perspective is that ‘salvation/deliverance’ from the bondage of sin was offered to all mankind; not just from the time of The Messiah’s crucifixion 2,000 years ago, but from the foundation of the world, Revelation 13:8.
I’m sure through the course of history, many have heard the Words of salvation/deliverance, walked with the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and decided to give it up for either their own self-sovereignty, or to worship the false gods. So, I concur, there have been many that have forfeited their chance at salvation.
If you’re inquiring about how Hebrews 6:4 correlates to the topic, I would be happy to respond. However, I don’t see where I quoted it in this study, though it does carry a similar message to what was discussed. Perhaps you are thinking of my reference to Hebrews 10:26-27 or 2 Peter 2:20.?.?
In most English translations, chapter 6 and verse 4 of ‘Hebrews’, starts out with, “it is impossible”. However, this is one word in the Greek, Ἀδύνατον/Adynaton, and more accurately means ‘without power/strength’ or ‘impotent’ or ‘unable’; not ‘impossible’. The context of verses 5:11 through 6:8 is that some of those in dispersion were still unlearned and needing teachers, not understanding the ‘Word of righteousness’ in order to ‘discern good from evil’. It goes on to warn them that the untaught person is in danger of ‘falling away from the Word/Ways of God’, “unable/Ἀδύνατον/Adynaton to repent of their ‘dead works’. I find it interesting, in Hebrews 6:7 the allusion to the ‘Matthew 13, The Sower of the Seed Parable’, and in Hebrews 6:8 to ‘John 15:4-6, the Vine Parable’.
It is extremely noteworthy because it teaches us that the unrepentant person will find themself, by their own choice, cursed and in the end burned up as Hebrews 6:8, as well as, the John 15 ‘Vine Parable’ states.
As to your questions, “Are there people out there today that are irredeemable and without any hope of salvation? Is it too late for them to repent?”:
I don’t think “irredeemable” is the issue; the offer has already been given to everyone. All people for all-time have the opportunity for salvation/deliverance from sin. If they would only choose to repent, then they would be forgiven. Repentance is the KEY, and it is not what is being taught by the mainstream Christian system, as I illustrated in the study.
So, to answer your questions, ‘no’, there is no one irredeemable and without hope. The price has already been paid by The Redeemer. And, ‘no’ it is not too late to repent; they just have to ‘want to repent and submit to the Creator’ instead of choosing the ‘throne-of-self-sovereignty’.
‘We are slaves of whom we serve, either of sin which leads to death, or of obedience to God which leads to righteousness and sanctification, and it’s end product of Eternal Life’ | Romans 2:6-8, 6:16-22.
Those are the only two options given to us by the apostle Paul.
“Choose this day whom you will serve… But as for me and my house, we will serve יהוה.” | Joshua 24:15
Again, thank you for your comment and remember to share this study.
May Yah bless your time in His Word!
Thanks for your effort in making this post. Questions:
How self-righteous (how many good deeds and how few bad deeds (sins)) do we need to do to attain eternal life? According to your doctrine, is it impossible for us to “know that we have eternal life”? (1 Jn 5:13)
How do you reconcile Heb. 8:12-13 (and all of Heb 8 for context), “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.’ 13 By calling this covenant ‘new’, he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.” with your doctrine of God remembering our present and future sins and counting them against us?
In pointing people back to the Mosaic Law so as to earn eternal life, are you making the mistake Paul warns the Galatians about in Gal 3 (the whole chapter for context, but especially the first verses): “You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. 2 I would like to learn just one thing from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? 3 Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh? 4 Have you experienced[b] so much in vain – if it really was in vain? 5 So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard? 6 So also Abraham ‘believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.’”
What does ‘being in Christ’ mean according to your doctrine?
How do you interpret the Hagar/Sarah analogy in Gal 4, with Hagar representing those who trust in self-righteousness and obedience to the Law of Moses (being ‘under the Law’), and Sarah representing those who trust in Christ-righteousness, freedom (Gal 5:1), and not ‘being under the Law” (Gal 4:21, 5:18, 3:10, Rom 3:19, 6:14)
Do you see followers of Christ as ones who ‘have died to the Law’, or not? (Gal 2:19, Rom 7:4) What do these verses and this concept of having died to the Law mean to you?
Awaiting your reply,
Thanks for taking the time to read the entire study regarding the difference between “Salvation” and “Eternal Life”; I believe the verses from the Word of God speak for themselves.
The answers to most of your questions, like the Sarah/Hagar analogy are expounded upon in great depth in the studies, ‘Galatians Part 1: Freedom or Bondage’ and ‘Galatians Part 2: the curse “OF” the law’, if you wouldn’t mind reading them. ‘Galatians’ is inaccurately interpreted and poorly understood by mainstream teachers. I highly suggest reading ‘Subject to the Power of the Law’, for an understanding of the Greek regarding “not under law” from Romans 6:14. To understand how Paul tells us our faith does not abolish the Law, please read, ‘Paul Commands us to Uphold the Law’, a study of Romans 3:31. All of these, and many more, can be found at apaulogetic.com
As John stated in the verse you listed, we most certainly can know that we have eternal life awaiting us. However, earlier in John’s letter he stated that, “1 John 2:29 If you know that he (Jesus) is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him”, and “1 John 3:4,7,10 Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness… Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous… By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God… 1 John 5:2-3 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.
Sin is Lawlessness, breaking the Law. Righteousness is when we practice, do, the Law; in context, righteousness is the opposite of Lawlessness according to John. And he stated if we do not practice it, we are not of God; we are not in right relationship or belonging to God. He ALSO stated that we prove our relationship as children of God by obeying God’s commandments and that they are NOT a burden’.
Mainstream Theology has lied to us, telling us that the Law/Commandments of the Almighty are a curse and a burden. They teach to opposite of the Word of God.
Everyone is quick to quote John 3:16, but they don’t finish the contextual thought process of John, ‘Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does NOT obey the Son shall NOT see life, but the wrath of God remains on him’ | John 3:36.
What did the Son tell us to obey? Matthew 19:16-17 And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.” … And in Matthew 23:1-3 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat, so “do and observe” whatever they tell you, but not the works they do. For they preach, but do not practice”.
When sitting in Moses’ seat, the person sitting there could only read from Moses; the Torah, the Law of Moses. Jesus is saying do what they tell you from Moses’ seat but since they don’t practice what they preach, don’t mimic them; obey Moses.
The Master and Messiah, God-in-the-flesh, is the final authority in all matters, including this one; “If you would enter life, keep the commandments.”
The New Covenant (agreement/contract) is making the Old Covenant (agreement/contract) obsolete. But “the Law” is not “the Agreement/Contract”. The New Covenant quote from Hebrews is from Jeremiah 31:31-33, and that prophecy states that God’s Law will be written on our heart and we will obey it. Hebrews 8:10 quotes this, so the writer of Hebrews completely understood that the Law is valid and in authority in the New Covenant/Agreement/Contract. What’s new about the New Covenant is that His Law is now written on our hearts. The Law isn’t written on our hearts so that we won’t obey it… that’s insane, and completely and utterly illogical.
The writer of Hebrews also stated in his Present Tense, “For if we deliberately sin after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire about to consume the adversaries. If anyone disregards Moses’ law, he dies without mercy, based on the testimony of two or three witnesses” | Hebrews 10:26-28
The writer of Hebrews understood The Law to be current and authoritative, and anyone “disregarding” it was to be punished. If we deliberately sin (v.26) by “disregarding Moses’ law” (v.28) there is no more sacrifice for sin (v.26).
Please read ‘Justification vs. Righteousness’ for an appreciation of how Paul understood it.
You asked what does it mean to “be in Christ”…
1 John 2:3-6 3And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. “By this we may know that we are in him”: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.
Verse 5 states, “By this we KNOW we are in him”. And verse 6 states how; IF we walk “in the SAME way” as Jesus walked then we know we are ‘in him’. How did Jesus walk? Obedient to the commandments of God. And as John said earlier in chapter two, 1 John 2:29 If you know that he (Jesus) is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him. “Righteousness” is something you do…
Lastly, Paul kept the Law of Moses his entire life, Acts 21:20-26, including temple sacrifices, vows and the Feast Days of God; please read, ‘You Yourself Also Live in Observance of the Law’.
May God bless you as you read His Word.
Richard, if the scriptures you have quoted had not been written in the Bible, maybe I would have been skeptical about the whole issue of practicing the law. But, this is self explanatory. How, will a Christian know that his daily walk is in line with God’s standard. Ephesians 2:10 says quote “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared before that we would walk in them.” Revelation 19:8 says quote “She was permitted to be dressed in bright, clean, fine linen” (for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the Saints).¶
Please, Richard keep up with the good work you are doing. May God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ continue to keep you and bless you richly.
Malan Chiziwa – Zambia.
Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment and your kind words are greatly appreciated!
You are 100% correct; Praise Yah for His Word!!!
‘Righteousness is something you do’ and it’s everyone’s individual responsibility to do what the Almighty commands and requires of His chosen, covenanted people. If we are to become the type of person that Yah wants to live with forever, then we need to transform and conform into the image of his son. Unfortunately, the mainstream denominational system has deceived everyone into believing that ‘Jesus did it all for us’… Well, ‘Yeshua’ did what he came to do, he didn’t come to do what you or I need to do. What Yeshua did now makes what we do “matter”!
May Yah bless you as you continue to study His Word!