| Do you know millions who actually believe in
Jesus Christ have no salvation at all...because they trust in the wrong kind
NO SUBJECT pertaining to Christian salvation is more generally
misunderstood than that of saving FAITH!
Just "BELIEVE in the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt
be saved; is the popular teaching today. And that statement is absolutely
trueif you understand what kind of BELIEVING is required!
Unfortunately millions are being deceivedled to trust in a faith that
will never save one single soul by a very popular and very false teaching.
It is customary to quote only a PART of the Scriptures on
this subjectreading a false meaning into themand thus by subtle half-truths
popular teachings shackle most of Christendom to spiritual blindness and deceptions.
Do These Scriptures Contradict?
God does not usually reveal all the truth
respecting a particular subject in any one passage alone. "Whom shall He teach
knowledge? and whom shall He make to understand doctrine?. . . Precept must be upon
precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little and there a
little." (Isa. 28:9-10). To understand any general subject in the Bible, it is
necessary to view all the scriptural evidence touching that particular subject.
And we cannot read our inherited or desired meaning into any particular passage;
for "no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation," (II Pet.
1:20), but each passage is interpreted by, and in the light of, other texts.
For example. It is quite popular to quote Romans 3:20: "Therefore by the
deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight," and from this
passage alone assume that salvation comes by faith in disobedience to Gods law!
Those who thus interpret this passage never tell you that in Romans 2:13 the same Apostle
Paul was inspired to write: "Not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the DOERS
of the law shall be justified."
Is there contradiction here? If the one Scripture is intended to reveal that
we do not have to make an effort to obey Gods Law to be justified and then
savedbut that we are saved by faith without obedience to Gods Law,
then, indeed, God contradicts Himself in His Word! And if you wish to make Romans 3:20 say
that, you must consistently acknowledge there is contradiction in the Scriptures; and if
this be true, you have no basis for your faith!
Again, Ephesians 2:8-9: "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." But those who quote this text so freely to teach the doctrine of "no
works," never tell you that the same inspired Scriptures say also:
"What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath
faith, and have not works? can faith save him? . . . Even so FAITH,
if it hath not works, IS DEAD, being alone... I will show thee my
faith BY my works. Thou BELIEVEST that there is one
God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, AND tremble.
But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works IS DEAD."
There is no contradiction here!
Rather, by putting all the Scriptures on the subject of "Saving
Faith" together, we learn that there are TWO KINDS of faith. And the
kind so blindly trusted in by the majority of this day is nothing but a DEAD
faithand a DEAD faith never will save one soul! Notice!
Jas. 2:20. "Faith without works is DEAD"just a DEAD
James continues: "Was not Abraham our father JUSTIFIED by
works, when he offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how FAITH
wrought with his works, and BY WORKS was faith made perfect? . .
. You see then how that BY WORKS A MAN IS JUSTIFIED, and not by faith
only?" (James 2:21-24). Then are we saved by works instead of faith? No, NEVER!
We are saved by FAITH! But faith wrought with our works and BY
WORKS, our FAITH is MADE PERFECT! That is LIVING
Why do we even need salvation? Because we have SINNED,
and the penalty of sin is DEATH!
But how have we sinned? What IS sin, any how?
"Sin is the transgression of THE LAW," is Gods answer (I
"Yes," answers the victim of modern fables, "But we are not
under the law today, but UNDER GRACE!" Why certainly! "What
then?" asks the inspired Paul, "shall we SIN"(transgress
the LAW) because we are not under the law but under
grace?" And Pauls answer is, "GOD FORBID!" (Rom.
6:15). And again, "Shall we continue in SIN"
(transgressing the law) "That grace may abound? GOD FORBID!
How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? (Romans 6:1-2)
The law has a penaltyDEATH. It claims the life of the
one who transgresses it. The law has power to take the life of the transgressor. It
therefore is more powerful than the sinnerand is OVER the sinner,
holding a claim on his life. It is the SINNER who is UNDER
the law. But when the sinner REPENTS of his transgression, and accepts
the sacrifice of Christ as payment of the penalty of the law, then he is PARDONEDUNDER
GRACEthe law no longer stands OVER him claiming his life.
It is those who are sinning that are UNDER the law! And those who, thru
repentance, obedience and FAITH have turned from disobedience and are,
thru faith, KEEPING the law, are the only ones who are UNDER
Gods Spiritual Mirror
Let us understand it! "By the deeds of the law there
shall no flesh be justified in His sight." No, certainly not! That Scripture is 100%
true, and there is no contradiction! You cannot be justified BY the deeds of the
lawnot at all!
WHY? The last half of this same verse gives the
answerwhy do most preachers never quote it? "For by the law is the KNOWLEDGE
of sin" (Rom 3:20). THATS WHY!
The purpose of the law is not to forgive, to justify, to wash away, to
cleanse. Only THE BLOOD OF CHRIST can do that! Sin is the transgression
of the law thats what sin IS. The purpose of the law is to tell us what sin
isto define itto REVEAL it, so we can quit it.
All women ought to understand this. In every womans handbag is a little
minor. She knows what it is for. Every little while she takes out this minor and steals a
glance at her face. Sometimes it reveals a speck of dirt. And we might truthfully say,
"by the use of these minors are no dirty faces washed clean." You women
understand what we mean! But do you throw your minors away because by them your
faces are not washed? Of course notwhat a silly question it seems, when applied to a
MATERIAL case! And if we ask you WHY your faces are not
washed clean by your minors, you answer: "Because by the minor comes the KNOWLEDGE
OF THE DIRT."
Gods LAW is His spiritual minor. We look into it, and
see the dirt on our hearts! But by looking at the law, or keeping it, no dirt is WASHED
from our hearts only Christs BLOOD can do that. By the law
comes the KNOWLEDGE OF SIN!
Listen to James explain it! "But be ye DOERS OF the
word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word,
and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: for he
beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he
was. But whoso looketh into perfect LAW of liberty, and continueth
therein, he being not a forgetful hearer but a DOER of the work,
this man shall be blessed in his deed" (James 1:22-25).
Is It Possible to Keep the Law?
But argues the "no law" deceiver, "no man can
keep the Commandments, it is not humanly possible. Since FAITH has come,
we keep no lawfaith has made it VOID."
Thus even "Satan himself is transferred into an angel of LIGHT.
Therefore it is no great thing if HIS MINISTERS also be transformed as
the ministers of righteousnessFor such are false apostles, deceitful workers,
transforming themselves into the apostles of CHRIST" (Ii Cor.
"Do we then make void the law through faith?" comes the
question, in inspired Scriptureand the answer: "GOD FORBID:
yea, we ESTABLISH THE LAW!" (Rom. 3:3 1).
Yes, faith establishes the Law! By keeping it is faith made PERFECT!
Yet, can we keep the Commandments? Is it possible? Satans
"No Law" deceivers say NO! What is the PLAIN TRUTH?
A man came to Jesus and asked how to be saved. The Saviour Himself replied,
"If thou wilt enter into life, KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS" (Mat.
19:17). "When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who
then can be saved? But Jesus beheld them and said unto them, With men this is
impossible; but with God, all things are possible (Verses 25-26)
There is Christs own answer! With men it IS impossible,utterly
impossible to really KEEP His Commandments. Butheres the
blessed truth WITH GOD, it is possible, even to
keep His Commandments. Do you begin to see it? IT TAKES FAITH! Faith in
the power of GOD! And, just as your own diligent effort coupled with
faith makes faith perfect, so faith coupled with your effort makes PERFECT
OBEDIENCE! The two go hand in hand. And you cannot have the one, without the
A LIVING FAITHthe only kind that will SAVEis
an active faithone that TRUSTS GOD to make it possible to OBEY
HIMto live the true Christian lifeto KEEP His
Think! Could a just God command men to do what it is IMPOSSIBLE
to do? Or can we conceive of Jesus as a smart-aleck young man who knew more than His FATHER,
and who did away with His Fathers COMMANDMENTS? How absurd! Yet
this is the popular conception today!
The Law is Eternal
Gods Law is not a horrible monster! Just and right
laws are a tenor only to the criminalthey are made to PROTECT the
good! Gods law is PERFECT (Psalm 19:7), it is a SPIRITUAL
law, (Rom. 7:14), HOLY, and just, and good (Rom. 7:12). ALL
His commandments are SURE, and stand fast FOREVER AND EVER
(Psalm 111:7-8). Dont you believe it, when men tell you differently!
Gods Law is, simply, LOVE! It is the perfect way of
life. Every particle of human suffering, unhappiness, misery and death has come solely
from its transgression! It was given to make man HAPPY, and is the only
philosophy of life that can do so! It came from a God of LOVE, and LOVE
is the fulfilling of the law!
But not YOUR own natural love! It requires "the
love of GOD, shed abroad in our hearts BY THE HOLY GHOST"
(Rom. 5:5). God has, and will give you the love that will fulfill His law. And so, praise
His blessed Name!it is possible, through FAITH, and the GIFT
of Gods Holy Spirit, for man to keep His Commandments! And whoever claims
differently, God calls a plain LIAR (I John 2:4).
The true Commandment-keeper is forced to trust God to make obedience
possible. And thus faith does not void, but establishes the Law! And to keep the
law requires FAITH!
A thrilling example of this eternal truth is recorded in the Book of Daniel.
Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, erected a great golden image.
"Then an herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, 0 people, nations,
and languages," that at the time ye hear the sound of the band, "ye fall down
and worship the golden image" (Dan. 3:4-5). "And whoso falleth not down and
worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace."
Set over the affairs of the province of Babylon were Daniels three
young Jewish friends, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. One of the Commandments of
Gods eternal spiritual law forbids such worship of images.
Had you been in their place, what would YOU have
done? Would you not have said, "Well, I have to bow down to this
imageI have to do it or be killed!" And perhaps you would have excused yourself
by reasoning thus: "I dont think God would be fair if He punished me for this,
when He knows I am FORCED to do it. Anyway, He tells us to be subject to
the power of the state!" Yes, it is easy to use reason to excuse disobedience to God.
But God is not looking for chances to punish usbut rather for opportunities to SAVE
us thru faith! To save us from the folly of SIN and the sad consequence
our own acts impose! Whatever we sow we shall reap. Gods Law is intended to protect
us from suffering. It is not GOD who punishes us when we do wrong, it is
merely our own acts rebounding like a boomerang!
But these three young Jews knew the truththat we should OBEY
GOD. rather than menthat thru FAITH God makes it possible.
When they firmly REFUSED to bow down to worship the kings image,
Nebuchadnezzar in his rage and fury commanded them brought before him (Verse 13).
Listen to the quiet, trusting, unafraid answer of these lads. "0
Nebuchadnezzar,our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery
furnace!" (Verses 16-18)
Sometimes God tries our faith. He tried theirs. You might think He
failed them, but He only permitted their faith to be tested.
"Then Nebuchadnezzar was full of fury, and the form of his visage was
changed; . . . therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one
seven times more than it was wont to be heatedThen these men were bound in their
coats, their hosen, and their hats, and their other garments," surely the God
whom they trusted would have them released now? But nothere was no physical
evidence whatever that God so much as heard! "and were cast into the midst of
the burning fiery furnace!" (Verse 19-21)
The furnace was so hot the flames leaped out and "slew those men that
took up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego." And they fell down "bound into the
midst of the burning fiery furnace!"
God permitted them actually to be thrown in! Was He unmindful of those who
trusted in Him to make possible the keeping of His Commandments? Not God!
The king looked into the furnace, and said "lo, I see four men loose,
walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt: and the form of the fourth is
like the Son of GOD! (Verse 25). So Nebuchadnezzar came near the mouth of
the furnace and called to them.
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego! ye servants of the most high God, come forth,
and come hither! Then Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came forth of the midst of the fire.
. . . these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head
singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them. Then
Nebuchadnezzar spake and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who
hath sent His angel, and DELIVERED his servants that TRUSTED IN
HIM!" (Verses 26-18)
THERE was an example of living FAITH!
A faith that TRUSTED God to make it possible to live the way of His law!
Yes, WITH GOD, it is possible to keep all His
Commandmentsand dont let any man deceive you to the contrary!
Can You Believe and Worship Christ in Vain?
When Gods Word says, "BELIEVE on
the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved," it does not mean the DEAD
faith now popularly taught! Though common teachings of this day distort this to mean a mere
belief in the FACTS of Christs existence, His sacrifice, and His
saving work. Just accept these FACTS, and accept HIMwithout
any obedience to Gods Laws! But the devils believe these thingsand they TREMBLE!
Christ was the Messenger of the New Covenant Messenger sent from God.
You cannot BELIEVE on such a divine Messenger, unless you believe, and
obey the MESSAGE that He brought! "If thou wilt enter into LIFE,"
was His teaching, "KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS!"
"REPENT," said the inspired Peter, and then
believe and be baptised for the remission of sins, and "ye SHALL
receive the gift of the Holy Ghost" (Acts 2:38). God gives His Holy Spirit only to
them that OBEY HIM (Acts 5:32). and His Holy Spirit is the LOVE
which God gives us to fulfill and to keep His Commandments! And it all comes BY
Christ came to save us FROM, not in, our sins! To FREE
us from the enslavement of sin and the unhappiness and wretchedness it bringsnot to
make us free to commit sin!
Is it possible to BELIEVE in Christto worship
Himin the customary manner of the day, and yet be lost? Christ Himself
"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," He said (Matt. 7:21).
Hear Him again!
"Howbeit IN VAIN do they worship me, teaching for
doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandments of God, ye hold the
tradition of men!" (Mark 7:7-8).
There it is! From Jesus own lips! Such a dead faithsuch
worshipis IN VAIN! Those who trust in it, and in the men and
denominations which teach it, ARE LOST! And the quicker we come
to realize it, the better!
Gods PURPOSE in salvation is to rescue men from SIN,
and its resulting unhappiness, misery, and death! To REPENT of sin is the
first step! Then the BLOOD OF CHRIST, upon acceptance and faith, cleanses
of all past sins. And by FAITH we are kept from sin in the future. Thus
the resulting righteousness is of FAITHthe righteousness imparted
We are not justified BY THE LAWwe are justified by the
blood of Jesus Christ! But this justification will be given only on Condition that we REPENT
of our transgressions of Gods Lawand so it is, after all, only the DOERS
of the law that shall be JUSTIFIED (Rom. 2:13).
How Plain, and how beautiful is Gods TRUTH!