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  1. People are saved by obedience to the Lord. And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, Hebrews 5:9 Obeying the Gospel. For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? 1 Peter 4:17 Obeying His Commandments - He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. 1 John 2:4-5 Obeying His Doctrine - Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. 2 John 9 JLB
  2. So far you are the only one who is talking about salvation by works. I have not mentioned nor claimed we are saved by works. Jesus taught us plainly that we must remain in Him. Do you believe that obeying What Jesus teaches us to do, as born again Christians who are “in Christ”, is somehow “salvation by works”? Please read what Jesus so plainly said - If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. John 15:6 Here is how this same John, teaches us to remain in Him. Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us. 1 John 3:24 Works is not mentioned at all in these two passages. Are you teaching God’s people that we can break His commandments and still remain in Him? JLB
  3. Yes you are born again, and now you have the capacity to live your life being empowered by the Spirit, to walk according to the Spirit rather than being a slave to the Sn in your flesh, to obey its lustful cravings. Being Born again, is the beginning of your new life in God’s kingdom. You are saved by grace through faith. I guess you don't understand what faith is. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 You have the substance of the thing you are hoping for. The manifestation of the reality of receiving the salvation of your soul will be realized at the end of your faith, or as an end result of having faith in Jesus Christ for salvation. IOW, do you have faith in Christ for salvation. I believe you do, and if you do, then you have the “hope” of receiving the salvation of your soul. But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. 1 Thessalonians 5:8 receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:9 Do you understand what obeying the Gospel means? Do you understand what it means to confess Jesus as Lord. If Jesus is your Lord, then You must obey Him. You do understand that, right? Jesus has things that you must obey, and He has given you His life, His Spirit to empower you to live a godly life and have dominion over the sin that dwells in your flesh. His Doctrine, which is His teachings, must be obeyed. Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. 2 John 9 Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. We must remain in His doctrine to faithfully obey it, as well as teach it. Teaching heresy and false doctrine to His people will not be tolerated by Him. His Commandments must also be obeyed - He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 1 John 2:4 Obeying His Commandments are the definition of love - For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. 1 John 5:3 JLB
  4. Hears my word means listen with the intent and action of doing. IOW, obeying the Gospel. Understanding the Gospel message and how we obey it, as an eternal commitment is the key. If you read a little further you will understand better than trying to build an entire theology from a single verse. Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation. John 5:28-29 those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation. JLB
  5. We will receive the salvation of our soul at the end of our faith; as an end result of our faith. receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:9 Those who endure to the end will be saved. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. Matthew 24:13 Those who obey Christ Jesus will receive eternal life. And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him. Hebrews 5:9 Those who remain in Christ, have eternal life. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. John 15:6 Heres how we are instructed to remain in Christ- Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us. 1 John 3:24 he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. JLB
  6. Your Not even close. The whole entire book of Romans is by context referring to the obedience of faith. The book of Romans starts with and ends with the obedience of faith, which is the principle by which faith operates. Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name: Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ: Romans 1:5-6 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith: Romans 16:26 So your theory is completely unfounded. Furthermore Paul is addressing the Church in Rome, and the Jewish Christians who were looking down their noses at the Gentile Christians because of their sinful lifestyle. Paul warning them they are guilty as well and will be judged according to their deeds along with the Gentiles. But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth against those who practice such things. And do you think this, O man, you who judge those practicing such things, and doing the same, that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who “will render to each one according to his deeds”: eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality, but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek; but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For there is no partiality with God. For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law (for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified; for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them) in the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel. Romans 2:2-16 Here is who the scriptures plainly say will inherit eternal life on that Day, when each of us will stand before our Lord and be judged according to our deeds. - eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality Read it! JLB
  7. Thats is just the beginning of your new life of faith. Those sheep who hear His voice and obey Him, in which they follow Him, are those who don’t become lost. Those of His sheep who wander away from His, can indeed become lost. “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance. Luke 15:4-7 Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost! I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance. Do the lost need salvation? DO you understand that His sheep who become lost, are referred to as sinners in need of repentance? Do you you know what the definition of a sinner is? JLB
  8. Receiving the salvation of your soul occurs at the end of your faith, at the end of a faithful life. receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:9 And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, Hebrews 5:9 eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality; Romans 2:7 JLB
  9. Justified by faith and justified by grace and twos sides of the same coin. Notice he says we are heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Those who will be given eternal life on that Day are those who obey Him; those who hear and follow Him. And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, Hebrews 5:9 God who “will render to each one according to his deeds”: eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality; but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath, Romans 2:6-8 eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality; but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath, Do you understand that grace is the Holy Spirit; The Spirit of Grace For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, Titus 2:11-12 JLB
  10. Salvation for a sinner is by grace through faith, in which they become a born again Christian. However, faith must have the work of obedience for it to be complete. In salvation for the sinner, they must repent, which is called obeying the Gospel. They way a person repents, which means turn to God, is to confess with their mouth Jesus as Lord. This is the action or work of obedience by which a person is saved. that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:9-10 with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. JLB
  11. Faith plus nothing is not biblical. Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. James 2:17 Hopefully you see that faith alone, or faith plus nothing is dead, dormant, inactive, and incomplete by itself. Faith must have the corresponding act or work of obedience or it is dead, and incomplete. Thats why Paul calls it the obedience of faith. That is plainly taught in the Bible. The whole book of Romans is about this very principle, as it begins and ends with the phrase “obedience of faith”. Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God. You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only. Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. James 2:21-26 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. The “work” that is mentioned is obedience. Abraham obeyed the word from God to offer his son Isaac on the altar. When God spoke to Abraham to offer his son on the altar, Abraham now has faith. When Abraham obeyed God and offered his son Issac on the altar, he was justified by faith. This is what “by faith” means; God spoke to someone, and they did what God said. By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith. Hebrews 11:7 God told Noah to build the Ark, and Noah obeyed in which His household was saved. This is called the righteousness according to faith. became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith. If Noah rebels against God’s word and doesn’t build the Ark, then his family is not saved, and he is not declared to be righteous. By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. Hebrews 11:8 By Faith Abraham obeyed... God spoke to Abraham to get out of his country, and go to the land of Promise. Abraham obeyed, and was justified by faith, by which he demonstrated how God would justify the Gentiles by faith, the obedience of faith. This incident foreshadowed the Gospel, and how we are justified by faith, in obeying the Gospel as Abraham did, when God called him to turn away from his old life, and turn to Him and follow the Lord. This foreshadows repenting, turning to God. Only those who obey the Gospel will be saved. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, “In you all the nations shall be blessed.” So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham. Galatians 3:8-9 And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand. Paul, referring to Genesis 12, just as Hebrews 11:8 does, shows how God called Abraham to the obedience of faith. But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith: Romans 16:26 the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith: JLB
  12. Yes by the obedience of faith. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, “In you all the nations shall be blessed.” So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham. Galatians 3:8-9 Paul referring to Genesis 12 where Abraham was justified as pattern for the Gentiles, demonstrates the obedience of faith. Abraham obeyed the Lord when He told him to get out of his country. Abraham obeyed. This was the first time Abraham was justified Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” So Abram departed as the Lord had spoken to him, Genesis 12:1-4 Hebrews says it this way - By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. Hebrews 11:8 If Abraham doesn’t obey the word by which he received faith, which to get out of his country and go to a land God would show him, then he would not have been justified by faith; the obedience of faith. Genesis 12 comes before Genesis 15. JLB
  13. Thanks for sharing your opinion. As you can see from my answer to you, I have carefully answered your question using scripture. You on the other hand have only stated your opinion. Again, the term “obedience of faith” comes from scripture. But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith: Romans 16:26 according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith: Notice it’s a commandment from God, denoting obedience. I have shown where faith comes from, and how faith is made alive through our obedience. You have exposed yourself as someone who doesn’t care for the truth that comes from scripture, but rather you cling to your own man made ideas. Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:31-32 Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us. 1 John 3:24 he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. JLB
  14. In short - We receive faith from God when He speaks, inspires or moves upon us. So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17 This faith we have from God is given to us from Him, as He speaks to us, and we hear Him, whether directly or indirectly. Faith comes to us dormant, or inactive, or what the Bible calls dead, and incomplete, in which it must have the corresponding action or “work” of obedience in order for it to produce the intended Divine result. Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God. You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only. Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. James 2:21-26 Key Verses: Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. Notice that James says as a body without a spirit is dead. Our body needs our spirit in it to be alive and active and complete. Obedience to God’s word spoken to us, by which we receive faith, is what completes it and causes it to become activated, or alive, and able to function to produce the intended divine result. I can give some biblical examples of this operation of faith if you like. JLB
  15. Not works. The obedience of faith. But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith: Romans 16:26 The principle by which faith functions to produce the intended divine result is obedience. Not good works Not the works of the law Not works that earn a wage The work or action of obedience to God, from whom we receive faith. Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? James 2:21 Abraham responded in obedience to God, and offered his son Issac on the altar. This is how Abraham was justified. JLB
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