Salvation is a gift of grace that is undeserved mercy, which is granted by a holy God to a sinful (disobedient to the law) people. The sacrificial atonement of Jesus Christ the Messiah, for his people, which are the called, the chosen, the elect of God, has appeased the wrath of God for sin and has obtained for the people of God reconciliation through his shed blood because of the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ to his people. Having said that, why do you suppose it is that so called Christians are still working to earn their salvation? Why do they think that anything no matter how noble one does in one’s own ability can appease God, give them kudos or even help them to secure their salvation so they don’t lose it?
To add works of any kind to salvation is to fall from grace and be under law and thus judged by that law. If we cannot earn our salvation why do Christians think that they can work to keep it? What scriptures actually say concerning works is that God created us anew, crucified us with Christ, given us HIS new nature, when we become born again of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, we are created to perform good works because we have the divine nature imparted to us at salvation. Now, if anyone is working in their own power to keep rules, regulations, laws, a moral code; then they are not saved, bottom line. Scriptures clearly tell us that those in Christ have put on Christ. In other words, those born of God do not live like the devil, nor do they work to keep the law to be made righteous. (morally upright)
Rather, the child of God, born again and Spirit filled, walks in the Holy Spirit’s power and does not fulfill the lust of the flesh. Can a Christians still sin? Yes, because the sinful body is not yet redeemed BUT the true Christian cannot, cannot, cannot live in habitual sin because God lives in him. (As the books of John attest.) The true Christian abhors sin and seeks God continually for transformation into the image of his Son. This constant awareness of the weakness of the flesh will make the Christian reliant on the Holy Spirit and he/she will never put any confidence in the flesh. If you love your sin still, I really would question whether you are a child of God. It is not enough to say, “Lord, Lord” and participate in religious activities, even charismatic ones. It is not enough to “believe” for even the devils believe in Jesus Christ and his atonement, and resurrection.
The true Christian may at times walk in the sinful flesh but because God lives in him/her so he/she will not be very comfortable, in fact will be most miserable. Thus he/she cannot live comfortably in sin. Once washed and made clean from the mire, sin has no more appeal for the child of God! So, my next point is thus, if a Christian still sins then how can he/she be so perfect as to be justified by law to keep his/her salvation? The child of God cannot ever be justified by works of the law at any time! Before or after salvation! Why is this? Because the child of God is now clothed not in his/her own righteousness but rather in the righteousness of Jesus Christ and this is a constant imputation! Never removed! If as scriptures, say, Christians are MADE RIGHTEOUS, how are Christians unmade from being righteous?
IMPUTATION means accredited to another’s account. JESUS CHRIST’S RIGHTEOUSNESS IS ACCREDITED TO THE CHRISTIAN’S ACCOUNT.
Let’s now take a look at scriptures concerning this matter and if you are still enjoying sin or trying to attain righteousness by the law then you really need to pray to be born again because only by being made into the new creature in Jesus Christ can you be saved, and sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise until the day of the redemption of the body when we shall see death put under JESUS’S feet forever!
2 Corinthians 5:21 – For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
Isaiah 53:11 – He shall see of the travail of his soul, [and] shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
Philippians 3:9 – And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
1 Peter 2:24 – Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
Galatians 2:16 – Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
Romans 5:1 – Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
Romans 4:3 – For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.
1 Corinthians 1:30 – But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
Romans 5:17 – 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.)
Romans 1:17 – For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
Jeremiah 23:6 – In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this [is] his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
Philippians 2:13 – For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of [his] good pleasure.
Ephesians 2:8,9 – For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Galatians 2:20 – I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Romans 4:24 – But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;
Romans 4:8 – Blessed [is] the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.
Romans 1:16-17 – For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
Acts 16:31 – And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
1 John 3:7 – Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Romans 5:18 – 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.
Romans 4:5 – But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
Romans 3:26 – To declare, [I say], at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
Romans 3:25 – Whom God hath set forth [to be] a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
Romans 3:22 – Even the righteousness of God [which is] by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
Romans 3:21 – But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
1 John 2:29 – If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.
1 Peter 2:9 – But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
Galatians 2:21 – I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness [come] by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
Romans 11:6 – And if by grace, then [is it] no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if [it be] of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
Romans 6:23 – For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans3:21-26 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God [which is] by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth [to be] a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, [I say], at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.