ETERNALY SECURITY IN JESUS CHRIST

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christians who are born again by the holy Spirit are eternally secure because God who cannot lie has promised us this truth in his word.

John 10: 27-28

But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.
I and my Father are one.

John 11:26

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.

Romans 5:5-21

And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

(For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.
Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.

And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.
For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)

Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord

So tell me…does grace stop after you become a Christian or does it continue throughout your life…….we cant earn it folks….cant keep it by works….we didnt deserve it before we were saved and dont deserve it now.

All our works are filthy rags in his sight.

Here is a classic example of scripture taken out of context to imply that one can loose salvation. Lets take a closer examination of this one.

John 15:1-8

I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

Matthew 7:18-23

A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 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 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

John 15:16

Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you

Galatians 5:22,23

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

John 12:46

I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.

So in comparrison we see that one cannot bear fruit except he be in Christ and that a Christian cannot produce fruit …only God can and also,that a Christian or good tree CANNOT PRODUCE EVIL FRUIT.The conclusion of the matter….any one claiming to be in him but does not produce fruit because they cannot ….are only phoney pretend Christians and are cast into the fire! A true Christian will produce fruit because it is in the nature of a true Christian to produce fruit. This is because the holy Spirit lives in him….anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.

Psalm 68:20

He that is our God is the God of salvation; and unto God the Lord belong the issues from death.
Our Salvation is described in the word of God as Eternal.It is eternal and not based on conditions

John 3;16

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Our salvation is based on full assurance

Works accompany salvation or in other words are the fruit that proceeds forth from a saved person BUT IS NOT A PREQUISIT FOR SALVATION OR TO KEEP YOUR SALVATION!!

Hebrews 6:9-15

But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.
For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Colosians 2:2

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

This mystery is Salvation.

Salvation has strong consolation.God made an oath and he cannot lie! His promise is like an anchor that digs deep and cannot be removed for those who flee to him for refuge and lay hold of his hope.

Anchor Websters Dictionary

Nautical A heavy object attached to a vessel by a cable or rope and cast overboard to keep the vessel in place either by its weight or by its flukes, which grip the bottom.
2. A rigid point of support, as for securing a rope.3. A source of security or stability

Hebrews 6:17-20

Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:
That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec

 

The Lord our Righteousness

One of the names of God is “The LORD Our Righteousness” (Jer. 33:16).

Jesus Christ is our righteousness (1Corinthians 1:30). We cannot have a right relationship with God in our own righteousness because our self-righteousness is as filthy rags. The translation for fithly rags is actually ….a menstral cloth. Do you see how the Lord views human acheivements? He is discusted by them!

We are guilty sinners in the need of a perfect righteousness from a perfect Saviour(Rom. 3:23; Jer. 17:9; Mark 7:20-23).

Christ our righteousness is a forensic term referring to our acquittal by God. All that we have as true Christians we have received as a FREE GIFT of God through Jesus Christ. We are justified ONCE AND FOR ALL for all by grace through faith in Christ. It never has to be repeated because it is a non-repeatable event. When we are untied to Christ, we have a righteous and holy standing before God. We are “in Christ.” We have a SPIRITUAL union in Him. We have a right relationship with God because of the finished work of JESUS CHRIST on the cross. Christ is the basis of our perfect acceptance with God (2 Cor. 5:21).

God has robed us with the perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ. He is the basis of our acceptance with God and nothing else. To add human effort to the cross is a slap in the Saviour’s face. It is taking your filthy rags and offering them to him as he handg on the cross in his suffering.

Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:12 that we are declared by the atoning death of Christ righteous before God. This “righteousness” of God in Christ is that quality, which is ours when God acquits the believer, based upon the finished death of Jesus Christ (Rom.4: 22-25). God acquits the believer for Christ’s sake, not ours.

This righteousness, like justification, is always forensic. God is Judge, and we must stand before Him. We can only plead guilty because we are guilty. God treated Jesus Christ as if He were the guilty sinner, and deals with the believing sinner as though he or she were righteous. Christ did not deserve the curse; we did. The IMPUTED righteousness of Christ to the sinner is a demonstration of the wisdom of God. It is a display of His justice, mercy, grace, love, and power as would never enter into the mind of men. It is a manifestation, “The foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men” (I Cor. 1:25).

The cross and the resurrection is the power of God unto salvation. Therefore we should glory in the cross of Jesus Christ and God’s saving grace alone.

Because our right standing with God IS HIS WORK, He alone gets all the glory, praise and honour. God pronounces the verdict based upon whether we have accepted or denied Jesus Christ as our Savior.

Man cannot satisfy the Judge unless he is righteous. Man cannnot produce the righteousness God requires. It has to be given to him by the Saviour. Faith is counted to Christians as righteousness (Rom. 3:23; Gal. 3:26). Christ Himself becomes our righteousness , (2 Cor. 5:21). God the Righteous Judge views us not as we are in our sinfulness, but IN CHRIST. He is our perfect standing before God.

If you break even one of God’s laws then you have broken them all and are condemned to die.
It is only the righteousness of Christ that can possibly satisfy the law which demands PERFECTION.
Christ is our righteousness; nothing else will will satisfy God. It is the blood of a perfect sacrifice that atones for sin. Jesus Christ is the lamb of God who takes away our sins and his sacrifice alone that can save us from death and hell fire.

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. 1For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; THAT WE MIGHT BE MADE THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IN HIM. 2 Corinthians 5:17-21

HAVE YOU HEARD THE TRUE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST?

The Easy believism gospel says that faith is to believe in Jesus Christ. So according to them you must have an intellectual assent to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and accept him as your personal savior. By doing this act through a “sinner’s prayer” you then become a Christian.

The Lordship Salvation gospel says, that repentance precedes faith in Jesus Christ. One must be sorry for his personal sins and acknowledge that he has broken God’s law. Then in order to be saved he must take up his cross and do good works in order to keep his salvation.

Both of these are false ways. They are not the true gospel of Jesus Christ but rather are very subtle Christian cults. I will show you why and then share with you the true gospel of Jesus Christ.

First of all, faith is not simply believing in something. The book of James tells us that even the devils believe. They believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose again. They believe that God sent Jesus to show the way of salvation through the cross. They will even preach it! Just because one witnesses miracles, signs, and wonders and believes in Jesus does not make him saved! Simon the sorcerer witnessed many miracles and so did Judas and all the Jews who came to him for healing, even the Pharisees who all later denied him. Even Peter denied Christ, before he was converted.

Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. James 2:19

Then Simon himself BELIEVED also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done. Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost. And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost. But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee. For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity. Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the Lord for me, that none of these things which ye have spoken come upon me. Acts 8:13-24

And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying: The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation. And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour. Acts 16:16-18

So as you can see, believing and seeing miracles will not bring salvation. The problem is that when we read the bible we interpret it through the English language but the bible was not written in English so we must look at the meanings of words in the original Greek and Hebrew languages.

What then is faith you may ask? According to the Greek language, Pistevo, means to have faith (in, upon, or with respect to, a person or thing), i.e. credit; by implication, to entrust, (especially one’s spiritual well-being to Christ.) believe, commit, (to trust), put in trust with. “Pistevo” comes from the Greek noun “pistis” which means: persuasion, i.e., credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation.
Jesus said to her, I am the Resurrection and the Life. Whoever believes in (adheres to, trusts in, relies on) Me, although he may die, yet he shall live John 11:25

Faith is quite simply a gift from God. It is an impartation of the divine nature of the Holy Spirit into the heart and making that heart born again, alive unto God! You are saved by grace through faith that not of yourselves…..not from your own ability. You are enabled to believe with the HEART (SPIRIT WHICH IS BORN AGAIN) UNTO SALVTION.

Faith comes by HEARING (akoē-instruction ,preaching, report) and HEARING by the word( rhēma- that which is or has been uttered by the living voice, thing spoken, word ) of God. Notice that hearing comes from rhema (the translation is rhema) and not logos. Logos is the written word or the law, while rhema is the living word. The logos must be made alive through revelation of the Holy Spirit to an individual before he can become a Christian.

Rehma – that which is or has been uttered by the living voice, thing spoken, word.
Unless one has rehma spoken to his heart he cannot be saved. For example Jesus said in Matthew 13:15, …. this peoples heart is waxed gross (pachynō-make stupid) and their ears are dull ( bareōs – heavily, with difficulty )of hearing and their eyes have they closed lest at any time they should see(eidō- perceive, notice, discern, discover) with their eyes and hear(akouō- understand, perceive the sense of what is said) with their ears and should understand(syniēmi- to put (as it were) the perception with the thing perceived) with their heart (kardia- the centre of all physical and spiritual life, understanding, the faculty and seat of the intelligence, of THE WILL and character, passions, desires, appetites, affections, purposes, endeavours soul and spirit) and should be converted(epistrephō- to turn to, to the worship of the true God, to cause to return, to bring back,) and I should heal(iaomai- to make whole,to free from errors and sins, to bring about (one’s) salvation)

So we can see that GRACE (God’s unmerited, undeserved mercy) comes through FAITH and FAITH comes by hearing (perceiving and understanding through conversion) God’s word spoken and made alive in one’s spirit ( heart) )

Parents, do you spend time teaching your children the Bible? Have you shared the gospel of Jesus Christ with your children? Have you spent time sharing the gospel with children in your neighborhood. Sharing the gospel in foreign lands is great, yet one of the greatest mission fields in the world today is children. Children can understand the gospel. And there are great tracts and web resources available. For example, the website Let the Little Children Come

Unless God grants faith to an individual there is no Grace. Grace means to show clemency, like a king does to a convicted criminal, and without the holy Spirit giving faith by his word, grace does not apply to an individual.(They remain under condemnation and God’s wrath) Therefore, based on the bible, grace and faith are attributes of God and are gifts bestowed upon individuals. These gifts do not come by works or by simply having an intellectual man made belief.

According to Mark 4 Jesus said that unto his disciples (those he chose out of the world…remember “You have not chosen me but I have chosen you”) was it given to understand the word of God but to others it was not. “And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.”

According to the Lordship Salvationists, one must repent of individual sins first to become a Christian. While this is part true, the error is that the Lordship Salvationists interpret repentance to mean give up your sins first and then get saved. Again, according to the word of God, the bible, both conversion as I have shown you and repentance are gifts bestowed by God, they are not earned. God does command repentance which means to turn to God, it does not mean give up sins.

Repentance- metanoia- a change of mind, of a purpose he has formed or of something he has done
The bible says to have repentance towards God, turn back to him, and he will forgive, he will heal, he will deliver. Be converted and God will heal. It does not work the other way around. If you were able to stop sinning by obeying the law then Jesus would not have needed to come and die on the cross to save people out of their sins. Jesus fulfilled all the righteous requirements of the law. Only God can ever keep the law in its entirety and if one breaks one law according to the bible he has broken them all. It is futile to try to obey the law in your human nature.

What does God require then? Answer: A restored relationship. The fall of Adam broke the relationship God had with man. No sin can enter his presence. (All have Adams imputed sin nature)Therefore sin must be removed. How is that done? Not by obedience to laws, even the 10 commandments but by the restoration miracle of God through the shed blood of Jesus AND his resurrection. The atonement must be applied to an individual and the righteousness of Jesus Christ imputed to them. How is this done?

Answer: By being born again, born of God, made into a new creature by the Holy Spirit. This miracle working phenomena is A GIFT…NOT EARNED IN ANY WAY but simply bestowed by the giver. So where does mans cooperation come in if Grace is a gift, faith is a gift, conversion is a gift, repentance is a gift, being born of God is a gift? THERE IS NONE! By grace (mercy) are you saved(from the sin nature) THROUGH FAITH (God’s enabling through perceiving by the Holy Spirit the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ) and NOT OF YOURSELVES…….not of your own ability, NOT OF WORKS….no good deeds no obedience to laws.

When a person becomes a born of God he/she will not because they cannot continue to live a lifestyle of sin like before salvation because of being born of God’s incorruptible seed the word of the living God. If you have been granted repentance by God you will produce fruit, in fact Jesus said he has ordained you to produce fruit! God calls his sheep, he calls them to repentance and what God has purposed will be done!

YE HAVE NOT CHOSEN ME, but I HAVE CHOSE YOU, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. John 15:16

Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. 1 John 3: 4-10

And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning. Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost. Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God? When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles GRANTED REPENTANCE unto life. Acts 11:15-18

Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for TO GIVE REPENTACE to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. Acts 5:31

In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will GIVE THEM REPENTANCE to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will. 2 TIMOTHY 2:25, 26

Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of REPENTANCE FROM DEAD WORKS AND OF FAITH TOWARD GOD. Hebrews 6: 1

One becomes born again by the dumanis (power, capability, strength, or force) power of the Holy Spirit. Read the book of Acts to see how people got saved according to the bible. That is the salvation experience and if the Holy Spirit has not fallen on you and made you a new creature in Christ like demonstrated in the bible, then you have only intellectual believe and not saving faith. If you do not have 100% assurance of being saved then you have only intellectual belief. If you are trying to please God by your behavior to get saved or remain saved then you have only intellectual belief.

Jesus said YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN TO INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD (READ John chapter 3)
What must I do to be saved? Believe (have saving faith which justifies) on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved. How can I have this saving faith….good question, the answer is CALL UPON THE LORD AND YOU WILL BE SAVED…SEEK AFTER HIM, CRY OUT TO HIM, OFFER NO WORKS BUT COME AS A HUMBLE SINNER AND CRY OUT FOR HIS MERCY !

Only a person that God is calling and drawing to himself would do that, Cry out and keep crying out until he comes and rains his mercy on you!

When he saves you, you will know it and you will be so assured that you have met the risen Savior that nothing in hell or on this earth will convince you other wise !

“Faith, however, is something that God effects in us. It changes us and we are reborn from God. Faith puts the old Adam to death and makes us quite different men in heart, in mind and in all our powers. And it is accompanied by the Holy Spirit. Oh, when it comes to faith, what a living creative active powerful thing it is. It cannot do other than good at all times. It never waits to ask whether there is some good work to do, rather before the question is raised, it has done the deed and keeps on doing it. A man not active in this way is a man without faith. He is groping about for faith and searching for good works but knows neither what faith is nor what good works are. Nevertheless he keeps on talking nonsense about faith and good works. It is impossible indeed to separate works from faith just as it is impossible to separate heat and light from fire,” Martin Luther

Martin Luther’s Commentary on Romans, he wrote this, “Faith is not something dreamed, a human illusion although this is what many people understand by the term. Whenever they see that it is not followed either by an improvement in morals or by good works, while much is still being said about faith, they fall into the error of declaring that faith is not enough, that we must do works if we are to become upright and attain salvation. The reason is that when they hear the gospel they miss the point. In their hearts and out of their own resources they conjure up an idea which they call belief which they treat as genuine faith. All the same, it is but a human fabrication, an idea without a corresponding experience in the depths of the heart. It is therefore ineffective and not followed by a better kind of life,”

REWARD IS OF GRACE AND NOT OF DEBT

The gift of salvation and the gifts of the Spirit are all gifts in the same sense that they are gifts of grace, they are gracious gifts of God that are not deserved, but which are sovereignty bestowed on men, with no consideration of one’s worthiness of receiving them.

No gift of God is ever deserved by its recipient, and so we must always be grateful to God for them. We can never have pride because of any gift we receive. This is why Simon’s sin is so serious. It is a sin against grace itself, and therefore a sin of the most serious type. Peter is not speaking so much about Simon’s sinfulness in general, but rather in terms of this specific sin, the sin of trying to purchase God’s gift .

Peter’s words do not refer to Simon’s disregard of God’s old covenant, but to the new covenant, the covenant of grace. By attempting to buy the gift of God, Simon was setting aside the covenant of grace and seeking to receive the Spirit (salvation) by works. To purchase it or earn salvation by ones own efforts or abilities. Acts 8:14-24 “But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one: To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God. And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries.

But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done. Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost. And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost. But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, BECAUSE THOU HAST THOUGHT THAT THE GIFT OF GOD MAY BE PURCHASED with money. Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee. For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity. Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the LORD for me, that none of these things which ye have spoken come upon me.” (Acts 8:9-24).

Jesus Christ is our righteousness (1Corinthians 1:30). We do not and cannot attain a right relationship with God in our own righteousness because our self-righteousness is as filthy rags. We are guilty sinners in the need of a perfect righteousness (Rom. 3:23; Jer. 17:9; Mark 7:20-23). Romans 5:5-21 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:(For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

So tell me…does grace stop after you become a Christian or does it continue throughout your life?…….we cant earn salvation …cant keep it by works….we didn’t deserve it before we were saved and don’t deserve it now. All our works are filthy rags in his sight.

John 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

Our Salvation is described in the word of God as Eternal. It is eternal and not based on conditions. Our salvation is based on full assurance and works accompany salvation or in other words are the fruit that proceeds forth from a saved person BUT WORKS ARE NOT A PREQUISIT FOR SALVATION OR TO KEEP YOUR SALVATION!!

As for rewards based on works what does the bible actually say? It says that God has predetermined before the world began which works he desired for each of us to walk in. Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained (AFORE prepared) that we should walk in them.

Works are also a gift of grace because they are ordained for us to walk in according to scripture. Every one has their own gifts and callings which they are called by the Lord to do. So how can one be deemed more deserving than another even in works if the bible says that we each have our gifts according to grace?

God created us unto good works, which means that God has prepared these works long before we would come into existence. Therefore God prepared the good works ahead of time, so that we would walk in them automatically. Do we get credit for doing those good works? Absolutely not! God prepared those good works for each of us to do according to his will. We just stepped in the place and situation that God has made. Those good works are a gift of God’s grace. Let us take a look at what the Lord says about rewards in scripture shall we?

Matthew 19:27 Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?

Matthew 19:28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Matthew 19:29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.

Matthew 19:30 But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.

So according to scripture Jesus called the 12 (BEFORE THEY EVER DID ANY WORKS IN THE KINGDOM) and ordained them to eternally rule with him. He also said that he would give the same reward for those who toiled all day as those who worked one hour.

This concept reveals that reward is not of debt (one must earn) but of God’s sovereign undeserving grace. The rewards of our work for the Lord will be received in this time, while we live on this earth and in the world to come we receive eternal life with Christ in God, not as a reward for our work done here on earth, but as a Free Gift given to all those whom God saves, whether they have worked long or whether they have worked a short time for the Lord.

That is why in the Gospel of Matthew the Lord Jesus followed up this saying with the “Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard”, where some have worked long and others have worked short, but all receive the same wage: One Denarius. All good works are not worthy to stand in the shadow of the atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross. Therefore in the life hereafter we all receive the same inheritance, which is life everlasting in the presence of God and of the Lamb.

Romans 2:6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds:

Romans 2:7-8 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,

Romans 2:9-10 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:

Romans 2:11 For there is no respect of persons with God. But we know that “we all are by nature the children of wrath”, and we all have been “conceived in sin” and we all are “called transgressors from the womb”.

We all were by nature enemies of God. It is only by the grace of God that God turned some of us around and made us love Him, and seek for Him, and seek to be saved from our sins.

Therefore those “who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life”, are those whom Christ has saved by grace from their sins. But those who remain in their sins are those who “are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath”.

Then in verse 11 God says that He will pass judgment both on Jews and Gentiles, for God is not a respecter of persons. God will reward evil works and God will reward good works. In other words those in Christ are working by the Holy Spirit’s grace in the kingdom but those outside of salvation are and will be judged under the law. The only good work is the work done by the Lord Jesus.

The Lord Jesus Christ was the only one who was as righteous as God Himself, because He is God. He should be the only one who really deserved His reward, because all His works were righteous. His was the only merited reward. Will God reward our works? Yes , Our eternal life in the life hereafter is also spoken of as our inheritance. We are coheirs with Christ of the inheritance in the New Heaven & New Earth. Even though this is all a gift of God’s grace, God also calls this our reward.

Colossians 3:24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.

Since we have been saved by grace, we are serving the Lord Jesus Christ. And since we are serving Him our future inheritance is called our reward. But it really is a reward that is given by grace. It cannot be a reward for good works, for all our good works were prepared before by God.

We read it again in 2 John 8. Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought (worked out), but that we receive a full reward.

The reward that we receive is a reward entirely of grace Genesis 15:1 After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.

It Is All of Grace, Not of Works ! It is clear in scripture that all our good works are fruits, which Christ bears in us and through us. Without Him we are nothing and can do nothing. In John 15 the Lord Jesus Christ told 11 of His disciples the Parable of the Vine and the Branches. John 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

Without Him we are nothing and can do nothing. Our good works are gifts from God to us, which flow from God’s eternal predestination and good pleasure. Therefore, our reward is all of grace, from beginning to end. It is of grace that Christ died for us and purchased eternal righteousness for us. By His death He also gave us the privilege of performing good works. It is of grace that we are ingrafted into Him by faith, and that we are sanctified unto good works.

Good works, therefore, are the fruits of Christ dwelling in us, fruits which God ordained for us before the foundation of the world, and in which we are privileged to walk. And as we are in the way of good works so we enter into glory. But it is all through grace, and never of works. The Bible is very firm on the distinction between grace and works. For example, God says in:

Romans 4:4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.

Romans 4:5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

Our faith, if it is genuine faith, is a gift from God. Now let us take a look at the crowns in scripture. Who and what are they for? THE CROWN OF REJOICING for those who win others to Christ. This is sometimes called “the soul-winner’s crown.” 1 Thessalonians 2:19 “You are our hope, our joy, and the crown we will take pride in when our Lord Jesus Christ comes.” THE CROWN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS for those who look for and love Christ’s return. 2 Timothy 4:8 “Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.” THE CROWN OF GLORY for those who faithfully teach and preach God’s Word. 1 Peter 5:4 “And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.” THE INCORRUPTIBLE CROWN for those who “run a good race” in the Christian life. 1 Corinthians 9:25 “And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.”

THE CROWN OF LIFE. By putting complete faith and trust in the Lord when you are facing trials, tribulations, and hardships. When in difficult times and you are faced with pain and suffering you simply rely on the Lord that much more. James 1:12 “Happy is the man that keeps on enduring trial, because on becoming approved he will receive the Crown of Life.”

These crowns will go to all who are truly born again as the Lord sees fit. But notice that all crowns will be thrown at the Lord’s feet in the end because in reality he is the one who has done the works by his Spirit in you. They are God works and not your good works! Reward is of grace and not of debt ! Christians who are truly born of God continue in the faith. They don’t turn back. They continue: “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world” (Titus 2:11-13).

Jude 1: 24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

Revelation 4:10,11 The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.