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Believe In The Gospel
  
Sounds like God died and left His Knowledge to just a few


Believe In The Gospel
  
Citing James 2:14-26, Some
try to justify a performance-based evaluation of true faith today in the dispensation of grace. Yet, they rob people of the benefits the righteousness of God which only comes freely by faith in Christ (Romans 3:22-24, 5:2).

In order for a faith to be dead in this dispensation, the substance of their faith must be inactive. That is, if our faith is in Jesus Christs work on the cross, then a dead faith would be like preaching a dead Jesus who could not perform that which he promised (Romans 4:19-21).


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Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith. Rom 3:30
Why is it by for the circumcision and through for the uncircumcision? Some know there is a difference.

But before faith came, we were kept under the law Gal 3:23
Under the law dispensation, righteousness came through obedience to Israels covenants.

For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them. Rom 10:5
Yet, even Israel, who was instructed by God from the law, couldn't keep the law. Both Jew and Gentile were under sin.

As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one Rom 3:10


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Gods Word says that we are saved by grace through faith in Christ Jesus and not by our own efforts or works (Ephesians 2:8-9). Grace Alone. Faith Alone.

Grace alone means that God loves, forgives, and saves us not because of who we are or what we do, but because of the work of Christ. Our best efforts can never be good enough to earn salvation, but God declares us righteous for Christs sake. We receive that grace through faith alone. God even gives us the faith that trusts him. We are not saved by obeying a list of dos and donts, but by grace through faith in Christ. Our salvation is in Gods hands. Thats Good News: the Gospel.


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Eph 1:4 According as he hath chosen US in him BEFORE the foundation of the world, that WE should be holy and without blame before him in love:
To say I understand it, I don't, and you don't either. I leave it in the hands of God, because this is what the Word says. You exercised your free will when you responded to the Gospel. But on the other hand God could honestly say, "I chose you before anything was ever created."


Believe In The Gospel
  
Ephes.1:4 says you were chosen before the foundation of the world. You can debate as what you think it says, but that doesn't change what it actually says. Accept it by faith and go on.


Believe In The Gospel
  
Understanding our assured salvation and position in Christ: crucified with Him, buried with Him, raised from the dead with Him, baptized into Him, seated in heaven with Him, sealed by the Holy Spirit, and chosen before the foundation of the world.


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We have been resurrected and forgiven: "And you, being dead in your sins ... hath he quickened (made alive) together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses ..." (Colossians 2:13). God "... hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son ..." (Colossians 1:13), and "... hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ ..." (Ephesians 1:3). Therefore, we should always be so thankful for our position in Christ.


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2 Thess 2:13-14, "... give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ."
Isaiah 55:9 "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts ...." In eternity past, God knew the names of everyone who would be saved. 2 Tim 1:9 "... hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began ...."


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Ephes 1:3-5, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will ...." Ephes 1:11, "In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will ...." How could anyone hear these words and then determine that we can lose our salvation?


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Rom 8:33-34, "Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us." There is no one who can convict us since we have our Lord Jesus Christ as our advocate in heaven.

For these reasons, Paul could say in Rom 8:38-39, "... neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is Jesus Christ our Lord." Praise God!


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The fact God glorified everyone He foreknew (Rom 8:28-30) is confirmed in the next chapter. After Paul tells of the Potter who has power over the clay to make vessels as He sees fit, Rom 9:23-24, "And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory, Even us, whom he hath called ...." We are the "vessels of mercy", and we were "afore prepared unto glory". That is, we were prepared for glory long ago, in the ancient past. Note also that we are "called", and as we saw in Rom 8:28-30 above, there is no one called that God does not also justify and glorify.
So naturally, "... If God be for us, who can be against us?" (Rom 8:31).


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Is there anyone whom God foreknew whom He did not predestinate? "
Is there anyone whom God predestinated whom He did not call?
There is no one foreknown who was not also called.
Is there anyone whom God called whom He did not justify?
There is no one foreknown who was not also justified.
Is there anyone whom God justified whom He did not glorify?
There is no one foreknown whom He did not also glorify.
God proclaims our glorification with such certainty that He states it in past tense.
In contrast with God foreknowing us is God not foreknowing the lost, Matt 7:23).


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Though our salvation is sure, It doesn't give us a license to sin, "For we must all stand before the judgment seat of Christ ..." (2 Cor 5:10).
Rom 8:28-30 "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn of many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified." Here we see that those whom God foreknew, He also glorified.


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"... God, who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts" (2 Cor 1:22).

God effectually put down the earnest money on us. "For we know that if our earthly house (mortal bodies) of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, not made with hands, eternal in the heavens" (2 Cor 5:1). 2 Cor 5:5-8 "Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit. Therefore we are always confident knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord."


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We, God's purchased possession are sealed by the HS, a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance. Jere 32: is an example Jeremiah has "the right of redemption" of a piece of land in verse 7. The evidence (or deed) of the purchase is "sealed according to the law and custom" verse 11. three times it is referred to as the "evidence of the purchase" in verses 12, 14, and 16.
Ephes 1:13-14. "In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest (deposit of guarantee) of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession (you), unto the praise of his glory."


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1 Cor 1:25-29,"... the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise, and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty, And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence." So God chose us, and not for our greatness, but quite the opposite.


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2 Thess 2:16 says God, "... hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace ...." The everlasting consolation is future, the gift was past.

Ephes 2:8-10 we are God's workmanship, and He created us in Jesus Christ. "Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus ....".
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away, behold all things become new" (2 Cor 5:17). "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration (rebirth), and renewing (receiving) of the Holy Ghost ..." (Titus 3:5).


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Contrast God's gift of faith with the times when He doesn't give it. Deut 29:2-5 "... Moses called unto all Israel, and said unto them, Ye have seen all that the LORD did before your eyes in the land of Egypt unto Pharaoh, and unto all his servants, and unto all his land, The great temptations which thine eyes have seen, the signs, and those great miracles: Yet the LORD hath not given you an heart to perceive, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, unto this day. And I have led you forty years in the wilderness ...." And this was despite being eye witnesses to the plagues, parting the Red Sea, manna from heaven, cloud by day, fire by night. Yet Israel could not perceive, nor see, nor hear, because God had not given it to them.


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Rom 12:3 "For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith." God has distributed measures of faith as He sees fit.
Acts 15:7-9 "And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us, And put no difference between us and them..." God purified their hearts by faith?



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