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When Is A Person Justified Righteous and No Longer Under Condemnation?

My previous two posts which got very little air time (maybe due to poor titling on my part!) ask this very important question.  When is a person free from sin?  When is a person justified?  Does the Bible say that people are free from sin when Jesus died on the cross and paid the death penalty for sin (all of mankind’s sin) or when a person believes in Jesus for his/her justification?  The previous posts were pretty short but got to the same point.  I will reiterate my perspective based on what Paul says in Romans.  Throughout Paul’s writing to the Romans, from 3:20-at least chapter 6, where I am studying, Paul’s sole argument is that Adam brought condemnation on the human race and Jesus’ death paid the redemption price for that condemnation (sin).  The wages of sin is death.  Jesus paid the death penalty for humanities’ sin problem.  One man, Adam, sinned, and that sin was laid to the account of the human race.  Adam withdrew all the grace from mankind’s account by sinning and all who have access to that account (requirement is being born into this life) are born with that deficit.  Before you jump on the analogy, I know all analogies break down, but I am trying to keep this  in easy terms to follow, using a banking system that we are all familiar with.  I know that God’s grace has never been removed from humanity, but it is God’s to give when He chooses.  In a sense, Adam’s account was full, and He never had to ask for God’s grace because it was always around Him and available to withdraw whenever he wanted to.  So, bear with me as I finish this analogy.  SO, when Adam sinned, he withdrew all the grace and emptied the account because what Adam did was a clear violation of God’s intent for him and Eve.  So, rather than kill Adam and Eve immediately, God withdrew all of the grace from Adam’s account which still was not enough to cover the sin.  So, God’s promissory note of full payment, Jesus Christ, would eventually come and complete the full payment God required and when that happened, mankind was set free from the payment (wages) of sin.  Jesus paid the full price required for ALL mankind.  Now, since all who are born in this life share that same account with Adam, all who share that same account with Adam have been justified in Christ.  In other words, all mankind is free from sin and the account of God’s grace is full again.

What we need to do is realize that our account is full by virtue of Christ’s sacrifice, and be always acting upon the reality that we have been set free from sin by Jesus.  There is therefore now no more condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.  Those in Christ are the ones who realize their account is full and paid up/off.  The ones who don’t realize it, still have a full account, they just need to check their balance (believe in Jesus) and then act upon what they see (a full account of God’s grace).  In a nutshell, you are not saved by works, or anything you do that would cause God to “owe” you salvation, whether that is faith, believing, choosing Christ, saying a prayer, NOTHING.  You are saved NOW, whether you lived before this time, are living in this time, or you will live centuries from now.  All those, especially those who came after Jesus’ time, are already saved by virtue only and solely by what Jesus did on the cross back in the early first century.  If you find offense in this, could it be because you want to do something to “earn” your salvation or merit it in some way?  Maybe, it is because you cannot fathom that ALL people will be saved and that cuts into your uniqueness, being chosen by God as His elect or by your own free will choice?  I would like to hear what you think or have to say about this situation.  It is, after all, one of the most, if not the most, important thing to understand, is it not?

 

 

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Answer To Previous Post Plus The More Important Question

OK.  I can’t wait any longer, because the suspense is killing me (and I hope you, too!).  What was your answer?  Did you answer that the man became a millionaire when he realized he had money in the bank?  Or, did you answer that he became a millionaire when the money was deposited?  If you answered when the money was deposited you are correct!  Congratulations!

Now, to the more important question.  Ready?

When is a person free from sin (declared righteous in Christ and no longer guilty of sin)?  When Jesus died on the cross and paid the penalty for sin (which by the way was death, not eternal conscious torment in hell!) or when he/she, by faith, believes in Christ for justification/redemption?

I will let you chew on this for a few days and maybe on Sunday I can find some time to finish this out.  Do you agree that this is one of the most important questions for us to know the answer to?  What are the ramifications of the answer to this question?  Leave your comments below and help all the readers to gain insight from your wisdom!  Blessings to you!

In Christ’s love,

Craig

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What Must One Know To Be Saved (Inherit the Kingdom)?

I have given this question so much thought through the last decade, and I have an answer that many/most Christians would not/never agree with.  But, it is biblical and it is fully supported by Jesus and I pity those who would say I am wrong.  This is my 100th post and I thought that I would make it a thought-provoking question post.

“What must one know to be saved?”

Think long before you answer.  Think deeply before you answer.  I challenge you to remind yourself of the fruit of the Spirit as Paul mentions in Galatians 5  (22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self control. Against such things there is no law).   I also want you to place yourself back in the days of Jesus and imagine that you have laced up your sandals, pulled tight your robe, and are following after Jesus on His journey around Galilee and Capernaum in the biblical narrative.  Around you are many types of people; nay-sayers, questioners, believers, young, old, children, babies. Then Jesus stops and gets asked a question about who is the greatest in the Kingdom.  Jesus calls a child over to himself and says:

Matthew 18:3 (LEB)
3 and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you turn around and become like young children, you will never enter into the kingdom of heaven!

Now, what is your answer to my question?  Are you summoning up a long list of do’s and don’t’s?  Are you putting together the Sunday School /seminary answer of “you must repent, you must believe, etc.?”  Well, let me give you my take and I believe Jesus’ take on salvation and being IN Him, In Christ.

What did that little child understand about Jesus?  What could he have possibly known about Jesus?  What would/did Jesus require of that child to be greatest in the Kingdom?  Did Jesus require them to have a highly evolved and highly complex theology about “The Christ” and the Father and the Spirit, along with a detailed set of beliefs, details that have eluded and excluded most of the human race from God and Jesus according to the church, both throughout the Middle Ages up to and including the modern era?

Or, did this child, and Jesus’ expectations for entry into the Kingdom focus on Jesus’ love and how He loved people?  I believe the answer ot the question is simply “love!”  Jesus expects us to love as a child loves.  That is really all a child could understand about Jesus, that He is love and loves unconditionally!  I believe it is as simple as that.  The more light we are given the more we can love God and others, but I do not believe anyone has to have a developed understanding of Jesus beyond “God is love, Jesus is Gd, Jesus is love” and live in that belief and share that belief with others through our actions in life.

Reader, I love you with the love of Christ and am trying to live more of that love everyday.  I fail but I am striving to be more like Christ in this simple way since I believe it is the most important thing we could ever pass on to one another and help each other with.  Be blessed in the warmth of His love today.  I pray I have given you hope and help straight from the mind of Christ today.  As always, feel free to share with me the edification Christ has given you and the love He has given you that I too, may be blessed by it.  Let me know what your heart speaks regarding this issue.  And let’s praise God together for it!

Amen and Amen!

Craig

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