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Salvation: the capacity to do the will of God!

Matthew 7 (Jesus’ word)
21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.

Matthew 21 (Parable of Two Sons)
28 “But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go work today in the vineyard.’
29 “And he answered, ‘I will not’; but afterward he regretted it and went.
30 “The man came to the second and said the same thing; and he answered, ‘I will, sir’; but he did not go.
31 “Which of the two did the will of his father?” They *said, “The first.” Jesus *said to them, “Truly I say to you that the tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the kingdom of God before you.

Mat 7:21 is best seen in the light of Mat 21:28-31, we understand that the Lordship of Jesus Christ requires the Christian to do the will of ‘God the Father’. If one calls upon the Lord Jesus while his life bears testament only to rebellion against the will of ‘God the Father’, this person remains among those the Gospel has invited but not among those God has chosen (Mat 22:1-14).

Having said this, it must be stated that the will of God is always carried out in the world to its nth degree precision and accuracy. Every man that has ever existed will either glorify God’s mercy & grace OR His wrath & justice. We know from the Bible that God being righteous and good does not delight in the punishment of the wicked (Ezek 18:23,32). So when the Lord Jesus teaches His Church concerning doing the will of His Father, He is teaching us to abide in His will of grace and mercy. This is precisely what we pray in the Lord’s Prayer, which Jesus taught in Matthew 6.

Mat 6
10 Let your kingdom come. Let your will be done on earth as it is done in heaven.

In understanding ‘His will be done on earth as it is in heaven’, we ought to know that we are asking God to grant us the capacity to act according to His will and good pleasure, espoused in His mercy and grace. It surely does not mean that His will is done lesser on earth as it is in heaven. To take you deeper into the subject and bring out an explanation, let us consider that when Satan fell, 1/3rd of the angels fell with him, these have been cast into this fallen world. So, in heaven the angels (2/3rd) who serve God are holy to the extent that they are slaves to righteousness. So when we pray that God let His will be done on earth as it is in heaven, what we are really saying is: Dear GOD, let Your will on earth be not mixed with wrath & justice because You do not delight in it but let Your will here on earth be of grace and mercy just as it is in heaven that we may be granted the capacity to serve as your holy angels. This precisely is the will of God for those who are His people, who yearn for holiness, being susceptible to sin only up to the point of death, when they are released from the final bondage of the flesh and made holy as the angels – slaves unto righteousness.

Luke 20
36 for they cannot even die anymore, because they are like angels, and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.

Now for those who have the question, as too what is the will of God! The answer is: obeying God’s Moral Law. This requires the believer to:
1. Love God foremost with all his strength even beyond the believer himself
2. Love his neighbour, whoever that may be (even his enemy Lk 10:26-37) just as the believer loves himself.

Psalms 40 (Old Testament)
8 I delight to do Your will, O my God; Your Law is within my heart.”

Romans 2 (New Testament)
13 for it is not the hearers of the Law who are just before God, but the doers of the Law will be justified.

It is important to note that God is sovereign to the extent that neither man nor angel can do His will, unless that man/angel is given the capacity to act according to the will of God. We see that in man, when Adam was created, God breathed life into him… meaning God granted him a living spirit of ‘God the Holy Spirit’… the giver of life (Nicene Creed). So Adam remained righteous until he took upon himself his own standard of righteousness which was separate from God and so Adam died in the spirit, thus losing his capacity to obey God perfectly. This is precisely why James 2:10, says that he who keeps all the law but yet remains disobedient to one, is considered guilty of all because even one sin is telling of a dead spirit, thanks to Adam. In Christ, the believer has more to rejoice over than the sorrowful onslaught of Adam. This happens for the reason that Christ’ perfect sacrifice purchased for the believer: Salvation, which even encompassed the grant of a living spirit unto the believer from ‘God the Holy Spirit’ (John 15:26). Unlike unfallen Adam, a believer’s salvation is not merited from himself but by Jesus Christ who paid the price in blood (Rev 5:9). From this transcends not only the obedience purchased for the believer through a living spirit but also substituting the believer in the fatal wages paid out for imperfect righteousness, which arises from the believer’s susceptibility to sin.

John 20
19 So when it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and when the doors were shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and *said to them, “Peace be with you.”
20 And when He had said this, He showed them both His hands and His side. The disciples then rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”
22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them and *said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.

Since I have spoken to you about the Holy Spirit, I might as well caution you against the Charismatic movement. Please understand, that up to the time the Bible was compiled: miracles, prophesies and healings bore testament that the Church is from God. However from the time, the Bible has been compiled, congregations are recognized as His Church only from the manner they adhere to His teachings in the Bible.

John 10
25 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe; the works that I do in My Father’s name, these testify of Me.

Mark 13
22 for false Christs and false prophets will arise, and will show signs and wonders, in order to lead astray, if possible, the elect.

2 Timothy 3
16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;
17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

Today we have ministries like Benny Hinn, which claim to be connected with many miracles and though some may indeed be miracles; today, we cannot let these miracles testify that that ministry is genuine! According to Benny Hinn, he knows he is doing the right thing ONLY BECAUSE of the miracles he is witnessing in his ministry and so his doctrine on the Holy Trinity being three persons in three persons i.e. totally nine persons, should be right. Similarly, Benny Hinn’s divorce and money laundering is also seen as the right thing because charismatics like him think that as long as God presents miracles in the ministry through healing, prophesies and testimonies, they feel surely God approves of all they do and whatever they believe.

Mat 7 (Jesus’ word)
22 “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’
23 “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’

John 3 (Nicodemus to Jesus)
2 this man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”

What I am meaning to say through all this is that… YES, in the time of His Old Testament Saints, the Lord Jesus Christ and His Apostles, during this time God performed such great miracles that people who witnessed them approved that the Church is from God. However, this does not apply today. What today certifies an institution as Godly is how much it is governed by the moral (religious) teachings of the Bible.

Mat 5 (Jesus’ word)
17 “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.
18 “For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.
19 “Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
20 “For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.

So, I conclude asking you to remember and reflect on the Law of God in all your dealings with God and all your dealings with your every neighbour. May doing the will of ‘God the Father’ be your life’s priority unto the capacity the Lord Jesus Christ has given you in Salvation!

The Law of sin and death vs the Law of the Spirit of Life

All creation lives under God and so there must be a rule to a way of life under God; even those who rebel against God follow a rule, which is their own (not of God). This precisely is the contrast between the Law of Sin and death and the Law of the Spirit of Life.

Romans 7
22 For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man,
23 but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members.
24 Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death?
25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin.

One of the reasons why we all have different ideas on what’s right and what’s wrong is because from Adam we have received our own standard of knowledge concerning what is right and wrong (Gen 2:9,17) that is separate from the Law of God. Adam has given us all a nature of rebellion against God and we resort to it naturally. Many have gone under far deeper to recognize themselves as good people but in this they are only suppressing the truth in unrighteousness like a person trying to hold down a floating buoy.

Our nature to sin is the very fabric in the members of our body (flesh) and the Bible refers to it as the Law of Sin and Death. This may be merely observed in some people and rampant in many for the simple reason that God shed common grace on the wicked as He does on the righteous, making the rain fall and the sun shine on them both just the same. Through this common grace He restrains the wretch who is totally depraved from being utterly depraved thus withholding man from unleashing hell on earth.

The natural person is one who is prisoner to the law of sin and such a person will only recognize this by way of the Law of God, which stands white as snow as compared to the filthy rags of the law inherent and working in each person. It is this Law of God given by way of the Holy Spirit that exposes sin in the hearts of those who keep His Law; it shows the hopeless destructive state of man left to himself.

John 16
8 And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgmen
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I wonder if a person who knows not his slavery to sin will ever know a Savior in Jesus Christ, who saves from sin!

Romans 8
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.

Romans 2
12 For all who have sinned without the Law will also perish without the Law, and all who have sinned under the Law will be judged by the Law;
13 for it is not the hearers of the Law who are just before God, but the doers of the Law will be justified

James 2
17 Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.

26 For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.

If we look at James 2 and Romans 2 as mentioned above, we see that grace is in that we are given a spirit of obedience to the Law (Rom 15:18), which Christ purchased for us by His blood… complete Salvation for His people. The Holy Law of God is so critical to Christian life that it is referred to as the ‘measuring rod’ (Ezek 40:3-5; Rev 11:1; Rev 21:15) of God’s temple and city, who are his chosen people. Man was probably given two hands that he may hold the two great commandments of God Almighty, which are to love God above all things even himself and second to love his neighbor as himself. This Law just does not make sin known but also serves as the evidence of Christ work in the believer’s life. It thereby becomes the measure of holiness in the Christian’s life.

So since there is such a thing as the Law of God, there are also penalties for those who do not adhere to them, such may be observed as below.

Exodus 21
12 “He who strikes a man so that he dies shall surely be put to death.
13 “But if he did not lie in wait for him, but God let him fall into his hand, then I will appoint you a place to which he may flee.
14 “If, however, a man acts presumptuously toward his neighbor, so as to kill him craftily, you are to take him even from My altar, that he may die

The reason I sight these is to show that the blueprint for ecclesiastical as well as civil government for society has its foundation in the Bible and in many ways worldviews concerning these have been borrowed from the teachings of scripture. The reason people today want to do away with the Law of God is because even a whiff of His Holy Law gives them the taste of disgust which comes from the flesh and since man is self-centered since Adam, the last thing he will truly admit about himself is the wretched sinner he is before God. Add to all this the accountability required from the believer to face the repercussions of his actions makes for a Gospel from which the natural man would run away from.

However the Gospel bears the power of God therefore when the Father call His elect from language and nation unto Christ, these are brought to repentance by the Law of the Spirit Life who reveals unto the elect the futile law of natural man’s rebellion against God.

Romans 5 (Note: Grace did not substitute the Law but worked with the Law in saving the elect)
19 For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous.
20 The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,
21 so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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