This article is concerned with the facet of a saving faith requiring righteousness exceeding that of the Pharisees and teachers of the law. The centrality of righteousness in God’s plan for mankind is reviewed. This is another article that is scary — the requirements are substantial. Taking this to heart makes one truly fear God. An important read and study for each of us to apply to our lives.
What is to govern the life and behavior of the Christian? Is it Moses’ Law from the Old Testament? If so, is it all of the Old Testament law? Or is it only the law that Jesus taught, that Paul called Christ’s Law? This article will give convincing answers to those questions. You will see from Scripture proofs that will satisfy your answers and teach you what true believers must obey.
This command of Jesus — that we must remain in him — is a salvation issue. Jesus combines this command with the necessity to produce much fruit which gives glory to God and identifies those who produce much fruit as Jesus’ disciples.
The issue is one of perseverance. The article shows false doctrines and how this particular command of the Lord Jesus refutes the false doctrines.
Jesse correctly points out that a saving faith is not a passive, do-nothing faith, that James says is dead. No, it is a working faith, eager to do what is right, to be obedient to the teachings and commands of the Lord Jesus, and to do those works prepared in advance for each believer to do.
David reviews what some claim are contradictions in the teachings of Jesus and of Paul. David shows that these are not contradictions at all, but rather must be, and easily can be, harmonized. Scripture must never be read as if contradictions exist. That only points to a lack of understanding. Rather, properly understood, Scripture is a wonderful unity without contradictions.
This is still another article that discusses a facet of a saving faith. It was Jesus’ teaching to Nicodemus that showed that being born again is necessary in order to have salvation. Jesus said, “no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” This article shows how one becomes born again, the results of being born again, and examples (my own) and Chinese prisoners.
In this article, the reasons are explained why obedience is a natural and necessary evidence of a saving faith. Mr. Koerselman shows that the primary relationship between Jesus and his followers is that of Master and servant. The servant’s position requires obedience if he is to be a faithful servant. Romans 8:29 is also added as the reason obedience is a necessary part of the true believer’s behavior — conformed to the likeness of Jesus. Jesus was totally obedient to his father, saying and doing only that which the Father told him to do and say.
Table of Contents Introduction. Salvation Issue. Scripture Defines Jesus As Lord. The New Testament Emphasizes Jesus as Lord. Believers Received Jesus As Lord. The Disciples Emphasized Jesus as Lord. Jesus Died and Rose To Be Our Lord. True Believers are Jesus' Bond Servants. Necessary Response to Jesus' Lordship. Punishment For Those Who Disobey. Conclusion. Introduction…
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Though Scripture is replete with many descriptions of sins that will deny salvation to those committing them, men have concocted doctrines that attempt to circumvent and make worthless the warnings of Scripture.