| Do you realize not one in a hundred knows what it
is--how to get it--when you receive it? Don't be too sure you do! here, once for all, is
the TRUTH made so plain you will really UNDERSTAND it!
COULD you, yourself, answer these questions? If someone asked
you to open your Bible and show them exactly where the Bible says salvation means
going to heavencould you do it?
Is salvation a place, a destination, a condition,
a rewardor WHAT? ...and where would you turn in
your Bible to find it? Are you sure?
Could you open your Bible and show a questioner where it tells you when
you receive salvation? Do you actually get it now, when you die, when Christ
returnsor at some other time? This booklet will show you plainly.
Are you, at conversion, an inheritor, an heir to inherit, or whatand
just what does one inherit?
Suppose you were asked what connection there is between salvation and that whole
third of the Bible devoted to prophecy. Could you explain it? Another third or more
of the Bible is taken up with history. Can you explain the connection of this vast amount
of Scripture with salvation? Can you believe MOST of the Bible
is totally unconcerned with the matter of salvation?
Lets Make it PLAIN!
Religious people talk about "getting saved." Yet
even most religious people understand no more of what the Bible teaches about
salvationthe real meaning of the word "salvation"than a
certain young man did about another religious expression.
He said to me, "I gave my heart to the Lord at the revival meeting last
"Well," I said, "Just what do you meanyou gave
your heart to the Lord? Just how did you do that? Did you reach in your hand, take your
heart out, and actually hand it to the Lordand was He really right there, in
"Well, uhuh" he stammered, confused, "uh
well, no, I didnt do that."
"Then just what did you do? How did you give your
heart to the Lord?" He stammered some more, then guessed he didnt know.
Thats the way it is with a lot of people who say "I got
saved." They dont really know what they mean by "getting saved."
Do YOU know what the BIBLE teaches about
salvation? Millions of sincere people have supposed they knewyet have been
deceived into accepting a FALSE SALVATION.
Its about time to get to the plain WHYS, WHATS,
HOWS. and WHENS, so you can see it clearly, plainly,
right in your own BIBLE! Why should the most important thing in
life be a vague, mysterious, superstitious, ethereal, meaningless thing?
Im going to make it PLAINin your Bible!
So prepare yourself for a SHOCK! And don't believe meBELIEVE
What Salvation Is
While the real truth must come from the Bible, the
dictionary definition may help a little. Webster defines "salvation" as:
"1. The saving of man from the spiritual consequences of sin; especially deliverance
from sin and eternal damnation. ...2. Preservation from destruction, failure, or other
Now we need to learn the Bible definition of SIN, and to see
what the Bible reveals the spiritual CONSEQUENCES to be. Whatever the CONSEQUENCES,
Webster says salvation is to save you from itand in this the Bible shows
Webster was right. Also salvation means PRESERVATIONand in this, we
shall see the Bible affirms the definition.
But why would you need to be saved from the spiritual CONSEQUENCES
of sin? And WHY, if you are an immortal soul, do you need preservation
from destruction? What has this to do with YOU?
Suppose you say, "Look, I dont go to church. I dont pretend
to be religious. Why should I be concerned with all these religious words like
sin and salvation and spiritual consequences?"
Does this concern only religious people?
WHY You Are Concerned
God Almighty, who designed, created, and sustains human
lifeincluding yours, says this: "ALL have sinned, and
come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).
That involves YOU!
Right now you probably have no conception of what is meant by "the glory
of God" you have come short of. Youll really open your eyes in
astonishment when that is made plain to you.
But, whatever SIN is, you have sinned. ALL
humans have! Christ, only, is excepted. You are involved. And since salvation is
saving man from the consequences of sin (and the Bible affirms this, as we shall
see), let Gods Word tell you what the consequences are.
It is plain and simple. Here it is: "The wages of sin is death; but the
gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Rom. 6:23).
But why have you heardand possibly believed just the opposite? Look
at thatread it in your own BIBLE! Notice! The wages
you are going to be paid for having sinned is DEATH! Then why do so many
religious people teach exactly the opposite of the BibleWHY do they
teach that the wages of sin is ETERNAL LIFE in hell?
Look at that again, in your Bible! On the one hand, the penalty is DEATHon
the other hand, the gift is ETERNAL LIFE. The two are contrastedit
is one or the otherDEATH or ETERNAL LIFE.
Right here let me make VERY PLAIN one thing THE
BIBLE teaches. A few persecutors have accused us of teaching "a salvation by
WORKS" that is, that our "works" earn
salvation. Let it be made clear and plain right here that your "WORKS"
your evil worksdo earn somethingbut it is NOT
SALVATIONwhat they earnthe WAGES they
earnis DEATH, and not salvation!
Further, lets get this point straight and plain right hereETERNAL
LIFE is not something you can earn, it is GODS GIFT
through Christ! That is the plain teaching of YOUR BIBLE! You earn wages.
The only wages you can earn is DEATH. Your Bible says that. We say that.
But our accusers actually teach the very thing they accuse us of teaching!!! they
teach that ETERNAL LIFE is the wages you EARN by your
workseven though it is eternal life in hell fire!
AgainYour BIBLE says very plainly that "the GIFT
of God is ETERNAL LIFE." Now this very verse (and all others in the
Bible bearing on the subject agree) says plainly that what you RECEIVE by
Gods GRACEas HIS GIFT, is ETERNAL
LIFE. It says that eternal life is something you have to OBTAIN as a GIFT
from GOD! Therefore SALVATION actually IS
"ETERNAL LIFE"a GIFT! But do you know the
accusers who try to discredit this very work of God DENY THAT? They
actually DENY that eternal life comes only as Gods GIFT
by grace and through Christ. THEY SAY YOU ALREADY HAVE ETERNAL LIFE. They
say you are an "IMMORTAL SOUL"!
Yes, this is amazing!
This is important! This is the crux of the whole questionof
lifeof the reason for existence! If you have an immortal soulif you already have
eternal lifethen the Bible is not true when it says plainly eternal life is a GIFT
from God. According to the Bible, what the "saved" receive as Gods GIFT
through Jesus Christ is ETERNAL LIFE. Salvation, then, actually is
the receiving of something you dont now haveETERNAL LIFE. And
if that Bible statement is TRUE, then our accusers are FALSE!
They try to deceive people into believing they do not need to be saved from
death by Christs free graceby His shed blood. They say you do not need
saving from death at all. They say, as Satan deceived mother Eve, that you will
not surely dieyou are or havean immortal soul!
NOTICE THIS IN YOUR BIBLE!
Its time to quit believing and following MEN. Look in
your own Bible. BELIEVE GOD!
WHY You Are Helpless
Now does the Bible say anywhere that you are, or have, an
For years we offered $1,000 to anyone who can show any place where the words
"immortal soul" are found in the Bible. No one ever found it!
WHY IS IT that religious people speak continually about
"your immortal soul," about "going to heaven," about dead loved ones
being now "with the Lord, —and many other such things supposed to be the BASIC
beliefs of Christianityand yet never once showing you any such teaching IN
THE BIBLE! They talk of these teachings as if they were true. They lead
you to take these teachings for granted to suppose they came from the Bible.
What does the Bible teach about the soul? Will you read it in your
own Bible? Dont take my word for itdont believe meBELIEVE
Read it, in Ezekiel 18:4: "The soul that sinneth, it shall die."
Yes, again, the wages of sin is DEATH that soul that sins shall DIE!
That truth about the soul is so important God caused it to be written twice.
Turn now to Ezekiel 18:20: "The soul that sinneth, it shall die." Souls are not
immortal. Your Bible says they can DIE!
But the deceiver may say: "Thats in the Old Testament: Read
in the NEW Testament that ALL SCRIPTUREall that
Timothy had known from youth, which was the Old Testamentis given by inspiration of
God (II Timothy 3:15-16).
Again, in the NEW Testament: Jesus Christ Himself said you
should "fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in
gehenna"a fire that will burn them upcause them to DIEdestroy
what is burned! Oh, yes, the Bible does teach that kind of hell firebut not
the kind where one burns forever and yet never burns up (Matthew 10:28). Lets believe
Jesus Christ when He says soul can be DESTROYED! They are NOT
This may come as a surprise: not only is it true that there is no such
expression anywhere in the Bible as "immortal soul," but the word
"immortal" occurs only once in all the Biblein I Timothy 1:17,
where it refers to GOD as being immortal.
Further, the word "immortality" can be found only five times in all
the Bible. In Romans 2:7 you will read it is something for us to seek for. Of
course! It is the GIFT of GOD, who has it to give! You
dont need to seek for something you already have! In I Corinthians 15:53,
and again in verse 54, immortality is something the "saved" shall put on,
AT THE TIME OF THE RESURRECTION. In II Timothy 6:16 it speaks of the
resurrected and glorified Christ, who, only, of all who have been born human, has
immortality. And finally, in II Timothy 1:10, immortality is something Jesus Christ
brought to lightmade possible for us to receivethrough the Gospel.
So the Bible teaches that the soul is NOT immortal, but is
mortal, subject to DEATH as the penalty of sin!
Now where does this leave YOU? Lets get back to YOU!
All have sinned. That includes you. The penalty is DEATH!
You do not possess eternal life from natural birth. Christ said: "That which is born
of the flesh is flesh" (John 3:6): So you are only mortal, material FLESH.
You are "of the earthearthy (I Cor. 15:47). The life you were born
with is merely temporary chemical existence! You live by breathing air in and out of your
lungsthe breath of life.
You are only one breath away from death the cessation of the existence
we call "life." if you dont draw that next breath, you cant keep
alive or conscious ten more minutes. There is no immortal soul that will keep you alive
and conscious. You ARE a soul (Gen. 2:7) that has sinned, and so
shall DIE, unless saved from it by Christs grace.
If your heart does not make that next beat, there is nothing in you to keep
you alive ten minutes. You exist by breathing of air and circulation of blood fed by
food and water. You have only temporary CHEMICAL EXISTENCE. You are like
a clock wound up, and running down. You dont know at what second it will stop!
You cant give yourself any LIFE beyond this
running-down chemical existence. There is no eternal life inherent in you. Nothing you can
do will produce it, supply it, or EARN it. You cant get it by your
What your own works have done for you is earn for you the PENALTY
of death. And it is ETERNAL DEATHeternal punishment! You
see, everyone has "WORKS"either good or bad.
GODand God onlyhas immortality! Instead
of assuming carelessly the pagan teaching of "immortality of the soul,"
turn again to 1 Timothy 6:16 and read it with your own eyes in your own Bible! The risen
Christ, and He only, of all who were born human, has immortality. God has
immortality life inherent, in Himself (John 5:26). He has given to the Son,
Jesus Christ, also to have LIFE in Himself And only GOD
can impart eternal life to YOU! It comes through Christ.
But how are you going to go to God? Your past sins not only have condemned
you under penalty of deaththey also have put a total BARRIER
between you and God. They have cut you off from all access to God!
Read it! See it in your own Bible: "Behold, the LORDS
hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: but
your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his
face from you, that he will not hear" (Isaiah 59:1-2).
HOW Seek God?
So HOW, when this barrier stands
between you, are you going to GO TO GOD to obtain eternal life?
Again Isaiah answers: "SEEK ye the Eternal while he may
be found, call ye upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake HIS WAY,
and the unrighteous man his thoughts. ...For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither
are your ways my ways, saith the Eternal" (Isa. 55:6-8).
So now you SEEK GOD, so you may obtain eternal LIFE
from Him. You REPENT! You forsake your way of life, and turn to
Gods way. But you find something is still lacking! You find you still are
cut off! The barrier is still there! Do you know why?
At this point we need to stop and find out what is meant by that word "SIN."
Havent you honestly been a bit confused by this religious terminology?
You hear people talk about "sin," "getting saved," "under law or
under grace," "justification," "sanctified," "heaven,"
"hell," "predestination," and dozens of other terms. Havent they
been pretty vague to yourather meaningless? Do you know that most religious people
who use all these religious words usually dont know any more than you do what they
What Do You MeanSIN?
We started by quoting the Scripture "ALL have
sinned." We said that included YOU!
But what is SIN? Why, when men preach, dont
you hear that explained, defined, made clear and understandable? WHY
are these religious terms used most of the time loosely, vaguely, meaninglessly?
Once, in Springfield, Oregon, a young man with a Bible in his hand accosted
me on the Street. An evangelist had come to town and pitched a tent. He brought with him a
"gospel team" including some eight young men of college age, who roamed the
streets carrying Bibles, stopping people and inviting them to attend the services. One
"Well now," I said, "Does your evangelist teach that Christ
saves us from SIN?" He assured me he did.
"Well, what I want to know," 1 persisted, "is what I have to
quit DOING-or what I have DONE that you call
SIN. Just what is SIN?"
"Well," he answered, "Christ died for our sins."
"But that doesnt tell me exactly what Ive done that
Christ had to die for," I insisted. "What is Sin ?"
Christ DIED for our sins," came the reply.
"Yes, I knowyou said that before. But what is this thing,
SIN, that He died for? What do I have to quit doing? Can you
open that Bible you have, and show me the BIBLE DEF1NITION of the word
SIN? Is there a place in the Bible where it gives a plain
definitionwhere it says sin is and then in plain words tell what
it is 1
He called to a second of the young menthen a third, and a fourth.
Finally, with a large crowd gathering, they called the evangelist himself. But even he
could notor would notturn to the Bible answer! One by one, they all
Then I took a Bible out of my briefcase, turned to I John 3:4, and read to
"Sin is the transgression of the Law."
But what law? This is explained in Romans 7. So next I read:
"What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay I had not known
sin but by the law"or, in the plainer English of the Moffatt translation:
"Why, had it not been for the Law, I would never have known what sin meant!" In
other words, the Law defines sin. Sin is breaking the Law. But what Law?
Continuing, same verse: "for I had not known lust, except the Law had said, Thou
shalt not covet" (Rom. 7:7).
There we are told plainly what Law it is SIN to transgress. It is
the Law that says: "Thou shalt not covet." That Law IS the Ten
Commandments. It is SIN to break the Ten Commandments.
In verses 12 and 14 of this same 7th chapter of Romans you will read that the
Law is holy, just and good, and that it is a SPIRITUAL LAWa
law of spiritual principles of living!
Of course the whole spiritual Law may be summed up in the word LOVE.
This may be divided into the two Great Commandments, love toward GOD, and
love toward neighbor. The first four of the Ten Commandments tell us how
to love GOD; the last six how to love neighbor. The WHOLE
BIBLE elaborates, showing the principles involved, until it includes the entire RIGHT
WAY OF LIFE!
Now notice Romans 3:20. "Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall
no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin?
Of course! False accusers to the contrary notwithstanding. THAT IS
PRECISELY WHAT WE TEACH. Keeping the law will not justify anyone. We have all
sinned. We cannot justify this guilt we have incurred we cannot avoid the wages we
have earnedDEATH by obedience, goodness, works, or anything
we can do.
Lets make that REAL PLAIN! Most women carry a minor in
their purses. A woman takes out her mirror, steals a glance at her face, discovers dirt on
it. Does she try to wash off the dirt with the mirror? Ridiculous? Yes, of course. Looking
into the mirror wont cleanse the dirt already there. WHY? Because
BY the minor comes the KNOWLEDGE that the dirt is there! Now Gods LAW
is His spiritual mirror. Your Bible says soplainly (James 1:22-25). You look into GODS
LAW. It shows you the spiritual dirt on your heart. To HEAR
Gods Word, which corrects, reproves and rebukes (II Tim. 3:16) and then DO
NOTHING about the spiritual dirt it reveals is like a man beholding his face in a
mirror, seeing the dirtgaining knowledge of itthen forgetting how dirty he
isdoing nothing about it.
Gods LAW is His spiritual minor. But keeping yourself
from becoming more dirty today does not wash off the dirt already there. So, "By the
deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight" WHY?
Because "by the law is the KNOWLEDGE of sin OF COURSE!
Sin IS "the transgression of the law: Paul would
not have known it was sin to lust, except the LAW had said,
"Thou shalt not covet: The function of the Law is to tell us what sin is!
Not to cleanse us of yesterdays sin or erase the penalty of last years sin.
There can never be a LAW, unless there is a penalty
for its violation. And, where "no law is, there is no transgression" (Rom. 4:15)
and could be no penaltyno punishment. If the wagesthe punishmentof sin
is death, and death is the penalty, then there is a LAW. And if there is
no law being broken, there is no transgression and no penalty and then we need no
Saviourno salvation FROM the punishment.
NOW WHERE did the Law come from? Again, through James, God
says "There is ONE LAWGIVER" (James 4:12). That is GOD.
God set in motion many lawslaws of physics and chemistry among them. The great law
of LOVE is a spiritual law. It is THE WAY of
peace, of happiness-of right relationship with God and with human neighbor. It is
inexorablea living law as much fixed and in motion as laws of gravity and
inertia. To break it is to turn in the opposite direction from peace, happiness, security,
abundance, and toward strife, fear, worry, unhappiness, suffering, death. The final wages
you earn traveling that WAY is DEATH!
Yes, the wages of sin is DEATH! But we have HOPE!
The GIFT of GOD is eternal LIFE.
So now, where are we? Eternal life can be had only from GOD.
So, as stated above, you seek GOD. But you find a tremendous,
impenetrable barrier your sins you have committed. Until they are JUSTIFIED
you have no access to God. Isaiah 55:6-8, already quoted, says that IF you would seek God
the sinner must forsake HIS WAY, and turn to GODS WAY.
Gods LAW is Gods WAYand sin, the
transgression of His Lawrebellion and disobedienceis YOUR
So now you forsake YOUR WAYyou forsake SIN
or breaking His Law. You forsake breaking it by keeping itOBEYING
it. At least you tryyou do it the very best you can.
LAW-KEEPING Wont Justify!
But what do you find? YOU ARE STILL CUT OFF FROM GOD!
Actually, as we shall see in a moment, you cant keep a spiritual law
with a carnal mind. But, even if you could, your OBEDIENCE now is only
what is required of you now! It does not make up for PAST
law-breaking. That penalty still hangs over you. As we have seen, by being law-abiding now,
no flesh shall be JUSTIFIED of past law-breaking! A man convicted of
committing murder last month does not erase his sentence by being law-abiding this month. GET
THAT STRAIGHT! All the good works in the worldall the LAW-keeping-cannot
JUSTIFY you of your past guilt.
Now where do you find yourself? You are now submissiveobedient to
Gods Law. is this necessary? MOST ASSUREDLY IT IS! Does it JUSTIFY
you? A THOUSAND TIMES NO! NO!! NO!!! Where are you now? You have
forsaken your WAYsin; you have turned to GODS WAYHis
AND YOU ARE STILL CUT OFF FROM GOD! Your worksyour
Law-keeping, while certainly REQUIRED, still has not JUSTIFIED
past guilt has not RECONCILED you to GOD. You
still have NO ACCESS WHATEVER to God.
And you have to gain access to HIM in order to obtain His GIFT
of eternal LIFE! I am trying to make this PLAIN. I want
all to UNDERSTAND it, once for all!
After all thisafter forsaking SINturning to
Gods WAY, as He commandskeeping His Law that DEATH
penalty for past sins still hangs over youthe PUNISHMENT
is still DEATHand it is ETERNAL
punishmentdeath for all ETERNITY! So your Bible teaches! Dont
let anyone tell you we do not teach ETERNAL PUNISHMENT. The BIBLE
teaches eternal punishment. We teach eternal punishment. That punishment, YOUR
Bible says, is not eternal LIFE in a hell fife of endless
torturenot eternal punishingeternal punishMENTit is DEATH
for eternityand Gods GIFT is LIFE for
eternity! I want to make it PLAIN. Dont ever be confused about what
we proclaim to the whole world. The BIBLE is the truth, and we make it PLAINmighty
The Bible says the punishment is the second deathfor eternity.
It is appointed to men once to diebut after that, the judgment (Heb. 9:27). HOW?
As in Adam ALL die (sinners and saints alike), so in Christ shall ALL
be made alivethe same ALL, sinners and saints bothwho die the
first death (I Cor. 15:22-23). HOW? By a resurrection (John
5:2829)there is to be a resurrection of the just and the unjustthey that have
done good, and they that have done evil. Read it and believe what your Bible says! The
unjust end up in a hell fire that shall burn them up (II Pet. 3:10; Rev. 20:14-15: Mal.
4:1, 3), until they become ashes under the feet of the saved! Read it. Believe what you
read in your BIBLE!
So, where are you? Even with your Commandment keeping whichmake no
mistake God requires of youstill you are pretty helpless. You cant
give yourself eternal life. You are doomed to dieand you are still cut off by sins
of the past from GOD, who, only, has eternal life to GIVE.
You are pretty helpless, arent you?
Well you have made a right start, even if you are still helpless.
HOW You Gain Contact
And now you have made this right start, there IS
a way you may gain contact with God who has ETERNAL LIFE to impart. God
so loved this world of sinners, cut off from Him, that He GAVE His only
begotten Son! Remember, God GIVES eternal life through CHRIST!
Notice Romans 5:6-10: "For when we were yet without strength in due time
Christ died for the ungodly."
Jesus Christ never transgressed Gods Law. He said, "I have KEPT
my Fathers Commandments" (John 15:10). He also said He set us an example that
we should do as He did. He never incurred the death penalty. He never cut Himself off from
God. When He voluntarily PAID the death penalty, He did not pay it for any sins of His
ownfor there were none. He gave HIS LIFE instead of YOURS!
He paid YOUR penalty FOR YOU!
The life HE gave was that of the MAKER of
us all! God created all things BY JESUS CHRIST (Eph. 3:9). All
thingsincluding all humanswere MADE BY HIM (John 1:1-3).
Therefore the life He gave on the cross was greater than the sum-total of ALL
other human lives! THAT is the life that died FOR YOUthat
paid YOUR penalty FOR YOU!
Now, continue in Romans 5:8-10: "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..."
NOTICE! "Being NOW justified." HOW?
By your worksby your required obedience to Gods Law? NO! By
the blood of CHRIST! If you have repented, and accepted Jesus Christ as
personal Saviour you are already NOW justified!
But right here is where so many go off into error. They simply do not
understand Biblical terms. "JUSTIFIED" does not refer to the FUTUREit
has to do only with your guilty PAST! This term "justified"
does not mean "saved" as we shall now see. It does not mean the GIFT
of LIFE. It means the GIFT of ACQUITTAL
of PAST GUILT! It means the penalty of PAST sins has
been paid in full, by Christ, for YOU!
The law stood over you. It claimed your lifeyou were under it. It took
Christs life in payment instead of yours. The PENALTY STANDS PAID!
You are no longer UNDER the Law. It no longer has claim over your life!
You are now under GRACEundeserved PARDON. You are PARDONED
from paying the penalty, since Jesus Christ paid it FOR you! This is not YOUR
WORKS. It is Christs SACRIFICE. YOU ARE NOW ACQUITTEDJUSTIFIEDthe
slate is wiped clean of a guilty past!
IN OTHER WORDSthe BARRIER between you
and God has now been removed! You are now, by CHRISTS SACRIFICE,
given contact with GODreconciled to HIM!
SAVED By His DEATH?
So, continue: "Much more then, being now justified
by His blood, we SHALL BE SAVED by Him."
NOTICE IT! You are already JUSTIFIED. Not
by works, but by Christs blood! The PAST is squared upthe
penalty paidthe contact with God made. BUT are you already
LOOK AT IT! It says "we SHALL BE
saved? Not that we already are saved. It says "being now
justified" but it does NOT say "being now SAVED?
It says "we SHALL BE"yes. in the FUTURE
saved. That is still FUTURE! SEE IT with your own eyes. Dont
believe ME. Dont believe preachers who say you are already, now,
saved! JUST BELIEVE THESE PLAIN WORDS IN YOUR BIBLE!
It IS real plain, isnt it?
Now here comes a surprise. Notice verse 10:
"For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of
His Son Here, again, we WERE RECONCILEDpast tense. Not by your
worksby Christs DEATH. When you have truly repented, forsaken
your WAY, sought God, accepted Christ as Saviour and His death
as payment for your past sins, you HAVE BEEN, ALREADY, reconciled. So the
wording here is we were reconciledpast tenseto God by the DEATH
of His Son.
What was accomplished by Jesus death? It paid the PENALTYit
wiped out your guilty PAST justified you of your guiltreconciled you to GOD.
But did it SAVE you? DID IT? Waitdont just
glibly say YESsee with your own eyes what YOUR BIBLE
It says, continuing, same sentence: "much more, being reconciled, we
shall be saved by His life?
CAN YOU BELIEVE YOUR OWN EYES? There it is, in your own
Already reconciled, by Christs death; but "we SHALL
BE SAVED"that is FUTURE tense. Not yet
savedbut we SHALL BEin the future saved. Now are you
going to be SAVED by Christs DEATH? Can DEATH
There is no stronger law in science than the law of bio-genesis which says LIFE
COMES ONLY FROM LIFE. Death cannot impart LIFE.
Now HOW shall wein FUTUREbe SAVED?
By Christs death? No! Notice! READ IT! "We shall be saved by HIS
After Christ died, God RAISED HIM BACK TO LIFE. We are saved
by His resurrectionby HIS LIFEby a LIVING SAVIOUR!
Read I Cor. 15:14- 23.
What Do You MEAN"Not Under the Law?"
Now where do you stand? You are now making
progress. You now have real hope. You have repentedyou have sought God, forsaken YOUR
WAYturned to GODS WAY, as defined in His Law
and all through His Word. You have accepted Jesus Christ as personal Saviour, and His shed
blood for remission of sins. You are now reconciled to GOD. You are
justified ofFORGIVENyour guilty past. You are out from under
the PENALTY of broken law.
Now, we read the question: "What shall we say, then? Shall we continue
in sin, that grace may abound? (Rom. 6:1). You are now under GRACE
You deserved only DEATH. You didnt earn
forgivenessPARDON from the death penalty. You received it BY
GRACE through Jesus Christ.
Now, shall you CONTINUE IN SINthat is, continue transgressing
the Law? The answer is "God forbid" (Rom. 6:2).
You were UNDER THE LAW, when the law stood over
you, claiming its penalty. When Christ paid the penalty, and satisfied the claims of the
law, you were no longer under the law, but under GRACE. Now does that
mean you are not under obligation to obey the lawthat you have license to SINto
BREAK THE LAW? Remember sin is the transgression of the law.
NOW READ THIS IN YOUR BIBLE!
"What then? shall we sin"that is, according to the BIBLE
definition, shall we break the Law "because we are not under the law, but under
grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to OBEY,
his servants ye are to whom ye OBEY; whether of sin"breaking
the law"unto DEATH"penalty for disobedience to
Gods Law"or of OBEDIENCE unto righteousness? (Rom.
There it is! We must not return to rebellion against Gods
inexorable law of LOVEHis right way of life. If we do, we are again
under the lawagain automatically sentenced to DEATH! Jesus Christ
did not die to give you license to continue in lawbreaking. When you accept, by His grace,
remission of sins, it is only for sins THAT ARE PAST! You cannot
obtain in advance remission of all the lawlessness you might like to commit in
Read that in your Bible: "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" (Romans
We are justified only of SINS THAT ARE PAST. We have
remission only of SINS THAT ARE PAST not license to break the Law
in the future.
WHY do some religious people today teach that it is all
right for Christians to go right on breaking the Law? WHY do they say
that GRACE means LICENSE to DISOBEY
Gods Law? No wonder God found it necessary, through Jude, to warn us to contend
earnestly for the FAITH ONCE DELIVERED to the saints by Jesus
Christfor, as youll read in Jude 3-4, there are certain men crept in
unawares deceiving peopleTURNING GRACE INTO LICENSE! They are
the ones who accuse us of teaching "salvation by works."
Would a governor PARDON a man convicted of murder so he
could continue murdering more and more people? Gods merciful PARDONHis
GRACE is bestowed on us because we have repented, with a
sincere desire to turn from our wicked ways of lawlessness. If we are willing to
live, from here on, righteously, happily, as we should have from the beginning,
the merciful and loving God has been willing to GIVE His Son Jesus
Christ, who, in turn, was willing to give His LIFE, to square up our PAST
law-breakingto wipe the slate clean, and give us, BY HIS MERCIFUL GRACE,
a fresh, clean start.
So, from here on, we must OBEYunto RIGHTEOUSNESS!
Yet you cannot, of your own strength, keep the spiritual Law
Now lets really understand that!
HOW You Get Eternal LIFE
Many religious peoplemany ordained ministers
will tell you, "It is impossible to keep the Law? Are they
telling the truth? What does your Bible say?
NOTICE! Of the parents of John the Baptist, you will read:
"And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments
and ordinances of the Lord blameless" (Luke 1:6).
WHY, if it is impossible, did Christ command that
IF we would enter into life, "KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS"?
(Mat. 19:17.) Of those who claim to "know the Lord," often using such
sentimental religious phrases as "Oh, how GOOD it is to know the
Lord," but who teach we should not keep the Commandments, YOUR Bible
says this: "He that saith, I know Him, and keepeth not His commandments,
is a LIAR, and the truth is not in him" (I John 2:4).
Yet you cannot, alone of yourself, keep the Law spiritually! That is
not a contradiction. You can keep the literal letter, but not the spirit. Lets make that
At the same time, we shall explain HOW you receive
Eternal lifethat is, HOW you receive SALVATION!
Back again, now, to YOU! You have now gained contact with
God. You are mortal, possessing only a temporary chemical existence. GOD ONLY
has eternal life. LIFE can come only from LIFEnot
from death. Christs death paid the penalty of your guilty PASTit
reconciled you to GODgave you access direct to God. But it did
not give you eternal LIFEdid not, yet, save you! Now
Jesus Christ said it was necessary for us mortal humans that He go to the
Fathers throne in heaven (John 16:7) in order to send the Holy Spirit of God for us.
This required the resurrected LIVING Christ. So after His resurrection,
Jesus ascended to the throne of God that rules the entire universe (Rev. 3:2 1). Then,
some ten days later on the annual day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit came to enter into
the very minds of all who had sincerely REPENTED of their rebellion
against God and His WAY, and who had been reconciled to Godhad
gained accessby faith in Christs shed blood for the remission of past sins
These first disciples received Gods Spirit through the work of the
resurrected, glorified, LIVING Christ. The Spirit of the Father is
also the Spirit of CHRIST. Thus it actually was the living Christ,
Himself, entering into themnot in Person, but IN SPIRIT! Christ is
a living Saviour who does HIS saving work from WITHIN!
Now lets get the connection.
IF the Holy Spirit of God actually DWELLS within
you, then as God raised Christ from the dead, He shall ALSO make immortal
("quicken" means energizemade eternally alive) your mortal body
BY His Spirit dwelling in you (Romans 8:11). But (verse 9), unless His Spirit is actually IN
you, you are not a Christianno matter how many churches you join!
Gods Holy Spirit is His LIFE. It imparts His LIFE
to you! It imparts more, as we shall now see!
God Doesnt "Kid Himself"
One thing more, the Holy Spirit is DIVINE,
SPIRITUAL LOVEthe love of GOD flowing into you from God
Almightythrough the living Christ! (Rom. 5:5.) Jesus explained how we should come to
HIM, and drink in of His Spirit, like drinking in living waterand
how this same Holy Spirit would FLOW, like a river of living water,
on out from us (John 7:37-39). Now lets make all that PLAIN AND CLEAR.
Gods Law is a law of LOVElove to God in
reverence, worship and obediencelove to neighbor in service, kindness, sharing, it
takes LOVE to fulfill to PERFORMthe Law.
You will read that in Romans 13:10.
But, remember?we saw, in Romans 7:14, that this Law is a SPIRITUAL
Law. Science knows only about PHYSICAL laws. Humans are mortals PHYSICAL.
We were born with a capacity only for PHYSICAL love. The love of a parent
for a child, a husband or wife for a mate, or even relatives, friends, neighbors. We also
are born with capacity for envy, jealousy, hate.
But this SPIRITUAL LAW can be fulfilled
performedspiritually kept and obeyedONLY BY SPIRITUAL LOVE!
You were not born with that kind of love. You do not have, naturally, the kind of love
required to truly keep this great Spiritual Law!
You must go to GOD to obtain that kind of love.
That is a love He gives you through the living Christ. That is HIS OWN
LOVE. It emanates directly from HIM.
Now UNDERSTAND! True righteousness is keeping "ALL
THY COMMANDMENTS" (Psalm 119:172). It is performing Gods Spiritual Law
with the SPIRITUAL LOVE which only GOD can supply.
You drink it in from Himonce the contact is established. It pours on
out from you like rivers of living water. Water in a river flows in a certain direction,
guided by the river bed or channel. GODS LAW is that river bed
which guides the flowthe expressionthe direction in which
the divine love flows! Gods Law is THE WAY of perfect spiritual CHARACTERthe
very character of GOD.
Sothe VERY SPIRIT by which God imparts to you HIS
LIFEHis SALVATIONis also His own LOVE
which imparts to you HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS! It is no longer
just YOU, in your own power and strength "keeping the commandments"it is,
spiritually speaking, the living Christ IN you, keeping His Fathers
Commandmentseven as He kept them by this same divine love even while He was human
here on earth!
Can you brag, or boast, then, about your righteousness? NOIT IS
NOT YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESSIT IS GODS! If Christ, by His GRACE,
erased your guilty past, gave you access to God, and now pours forth into and through you
the spiritual love that keeps the Law, this is not your righteousness, but GODS.
And that is not YOUR "WORKS"! It is nothing
God does not "kid Himself." Some religious teachers tell you Christ
lived a righteous life FOR you almost 2,000 years ago, and since you
"cant keep the Law," as they claim, God "IMPUTES"
Christs righteousness of 19 centuries ago to you by sort of "kidding
Himself that you are righteous, while you are given license to still be a spiritual CRIMINAL
breaking His Law! GOD does not impute to you something you do not have.
Far from thisthe living Christ by His power makes us
righteous! He imparts to us power to actually BECOME RIGHTEOUS. It is HIS
WHY Not to Heaven NOW?
Once again, back to YOU! Now
where are we?
There are, first, two things YOU must do. On that very day
of Pentecost after Christ had ascended to heaven, many who had joined the mob
crying out "CRUCIFY HIM!" during Christs trial before
Pilate, were conscience-stricken and afraid, when they heard the inspired Peters
sermon. They cried out, "WHAT SHALL WE DO?" They, too, were
"REPENT, and BE BAPTIZED every one of
you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye SHALL RECEIVE
THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT" was the inspired answer (Acts 2:38).
Note it! Two things YOU do:
I) REPENTturn from YOUR WAY,
by turning to GODs WAYHis Law! You repent of sin. Sin is the
transgression of the spiritual Law.
2) BE BAPTIZED. The Ethiopian eunuch, coming to a lake of
water, asked Philip what hindered him to be baptized. "IF thou
believest with all thine heart" was Philips condition (Acts 8:36-37).
Repentance is toward GOD, for the Law comes from God, but FAITH
is toward Jesus Christ (Acts 20:21). Faith in Christs atonement for sin is commanded
to be expressed by BEING BAPTIZED.
This, then, gains contact with God. That is as far as you
can go, on your own. You have reached your extremity! So now GOD does
3) You SHALL RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT.
This is Gods GIFT. It is the presence, conditionally,
of Eternal Life.
And now if you faithfully follow GODS WAY the
way the Holy Spirit leadsyou are already a begotten SON OF GOD!
"For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God"
"Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet
appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he (Christ) shall appear, we shall be like
him; for we shall see him as he is" (I John 3:2).
GET IT STRAIGHT! You are now converteda changed
personfor Gods Spirit (Eph. 4:23) produces a RENEWING of your
mind. Your whole concept and direction of life is CHANGED. Gods
Spirit is HIS VERY LIFE imparted to you! You are now a BEGOTTEN
son of God.
But it does not yet appear what you shall be. This
Scripture does not say "where you shall GO"or
"where you shall BE." It is talking about a condition, not a
place: "WHAT we shall be"! Salvation is a matter of WHAT
YOU BECOMEnot where you shall go! Gods purpose
is to CHANGE YOUfrom your vile character to HIS
GLORIOUS CHARACTERnot to change the PLACE where you are!
BUTyou are now already a begotten SON
of Godyou may now call Him FATHER!as long as you are
LED by His Spirit!and no longer (Heb. 10:26-27).
And there are still some "IFS." You must GROW
spiritually (II Pet. 3:18). It is "To him that overcometh" that Christ will
grant to sit with Him on HIS throne, when He returns to earth (Rev.
3:21). IF you overcomeovercome your own carnal nature, the world and the
devilAND KEEP CHRISTS WORKS" (not your own
works, but CHRISTSby HIS SPIRIT IN YOU) then
you shall reign and RULE ALL NATIONS with Him, in the happy WORLD
The real Christian life is, truly, a life of overcoming, spiritual
growingbut it is the only HAPPY LIFEthe ABUNDANT
lifehere and now! Yet we must ENDURE and remain steadfastfor
it is he who ENDURES TO THE END that shall be saved! Read
this in your BIBLEMatthew 10:22; 24:13; Mark 4:17; John 6:27;
1 Cor. 9:24-27; Heb. 10:26-27.
So, finally, back again to YOU! Where are we now?
You have been convertedchanged in mind, concept, attitude, direction of WAY
of lifeyou are begotten as a child of Godyou have now eternal life abiding in
youas long as you are LED by Gods Spirit in Gods
WAYas long as you continue in contact and fellowship with God (I John 1:3)all
by Gods GRACE as His GIFT, and not anything you
have earned by your works; and now if you continue overcoming, growing
spirituallyand ALL THIS ACTUALLY THROUGH GODS POWERyou
shall INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD, and be made IMMORTAL
to live forever in happiness and joy!
This booklet has covered the truth of how one may become a begotten
son of God.
There is a sequel booklet making plain WHAT
salvation isWHEN we receive itWHAT one
inheritsWHEN and HOW one is "born again."
It is captioned "What do You MeanBORN AGAIN?"