Gospel Elements according to the Scriptures, not man’s doctrines.

1.  God is sovereign, but this fact does not mean that He forces His will in all things – most especially when it comes to eternal life.

 In Him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, (Ephesians 1:11)

God counsels within Himself, bringing His will and desires on any subject into balance in order to attain His ultimate goal on the matter.

 

2.  God’s purpose in creation is not to receive glory, for He is glorified and dwells in self-generated glory whether He performs an act of creation or not. God does not need to create man to attain glory either, for He is glorified in creating a simple rock. God’s purpose in creation was to receive a people, after all is said and done, that willingly choose to enter into an intimate, personal relationship with Him, and love Him of their own volition.

 But showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love Me and keep My commandments. (Exodus 20:6)

For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, and knowing God rather than burnt offerings. (Hosea 6:6)

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love Him. (James 1:12)

Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which He has promised to those who love Him? (James 2:5)

 

3.  Therefore, because God created man in His image, and there is no Biblical president for saying that this image of God in man is damaged, and because free will is part of that image of God; and because in order to love God man must have free will, for love originates from the choice to do so, God has given man free will. Contrary to classical Reformed teaching, man’s free will does not contradict nor hinder God’s sovereignty in any way, shape, or form. God counsels within Himself, bringing His sovereignty and desire into balance, wherein man’s free will is demonstrated.

 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (I Timothy 2:3-4)

I have said all these things to you to keep you from falling away. (John 16:1)

God’s ultimate desire is that “all people” would “come to the knowledge of the truth” and “be saved.” However, in order to attain to His goal of having a people that have to choose Him, He gives men free will so that His goal of having a people who choose to love Him and enter into relationship with Him may come to fruition.

 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and whoever comes to Me I will never cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will but the will of Him who sent Me. And this is the will of Him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that He has given Me, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in Him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. (John 6:37-40)

Sovereignty does not mean that God gets His way in every scenario; God’s will is that all those who He sends to Christ will remain with Him, but in saying that they “should have eternal life” indicates by the grammar that they could, or could not have eternal life. In saying “to keep you from falling away” indicates that those who come to Christ can, indeed, fall away, and therefore God’s desire for that person will not come to pass.

If God did not give man free will to choose Him, then all who He would cause to come to Him would not fulfill His desire of love, for love originates from free will choice – it cannot be forced, or it is not love. Those who indicate in their theology that God causes those who will be saved to be saved, fail to understand God’s purpose in creation, they fail to understand God’s character, and they fail to understand the nature of love.

 

4.  God knew Adam would sin and that his sin would pass down to all of his descendants through the flesh; therefore, He devised His plan of redemption before He ever began to create this present world.

 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned– (Romans 5:12)

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (Romans 3:23)

Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. (Matthew 25:34)

Even as he chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him in love (Ephesians 1:4)

For we who have believed enter that rest, as He has said, “As I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest,'” although His works were finished from the foundation of the world. (Hebrews 4:3)

He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you (I Peter 1:20)

And all who dwell on earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain. (Revelation 13:8)

The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to rise from the bottomless pit and go to destruction. And the dwellers on earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world will marvel to see the beast, because it was and is not and is to come. (Revelation 17:8)

 

5.  This plan of redemption was arranged because of God’s love for those whom He would create – what we call the grace of God (one is not “saved by grace” but is saved because of grace).

 But we believe that we will be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will. (Acts 15:11)

God devised His plan of redemption, and all of the elements of that plan, because of His love for us.

 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

In this is love, not that we have loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (I John 4:10)

We love Him because He first loved us. (I John 4:19)

 

 

6.  In His plan of redemption, God has sovereignly decreed that if a man chooses to come to Him for relationship, he first must demonstrate faith in Him.

 And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6)

14   What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?…17   So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead…20   Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless?…22   You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works;…24   You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone…26   For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead. (James 2:14-26)

15   That whoever believes in Him may have eternal life. 16   For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:15-16)

Faith is the first prerequisite for attaining relationship with God, through which other prerequisites flow.

 The righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: (Romans 3:22)

Whom God put forward as a propitiation by His blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in His divine forbearance He had passed over former sins. (Romans 3:25)

For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law. (Romans 3:28)

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, (Ephesians 2:8)

Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; but whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him. (John 3:36)

Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. (Mark 16:16)

We can easily, clearly, and plainly see that faith is the first, but not the only, prerequisite to attaining eternal life. There are others…

 

7.  In His plan of redemption, God has sovereignly decreed that if a man chooses to come to Him for relationship, after coming to faith in Him/Christ and understanding his sin issue, he must repent of his former sins and sinful lifestyle. Repentance is the second prerequisite in order to attain relationship with God.

 “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 3:2)

From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 4:17)

Repent in the two passages above are in bold because, according to the Greek grammar, they are commands.

 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. (Luke 13:3)

No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:5)

Even after coming to faith in Christ, as the passages above indicate, if one does not repent from his sins he will still perish.

 The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now He commands all people everywhere to repent, (Acts 17:30)

But declared first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all the region of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds in keeping with their repentance. (Acts 26:20)

God commands repentance, and then the performance of deeds (works) in keeping with that repentance.

 When they heard these things they fell silent. And they glorified God, saying, “Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance that leads to life.” (Acts 11:18)

Repentance leads to eternal life, it does not give it. Further evidence that repentance is a prerequisite to finally attaining to eternal life.

 Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, (Acts 3:19)

As the verse above demonstrate, one cannot have their sins “blotted out” unless they first repent. Repentance does not perform the action of the blotting out of one’s sins, but it is a prerequisite to accomplish before one can reach the stage of having their sins blotted out.

 

 

8.  In His plan of redemption, God has sovereignly decreed that if a man chooses to come to Him for relationship, the prerequisites of faith and repentance having been accomplished, then one must receive the God-ordained rite of entrance into the New Covenant of Reconciliation, which is covenant relationship with God. This rite of entrance into the covenant is water baptism (emersion), and is the next prerequisite for entering into saving relationship with God.

 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. (Mark 16:16)

And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38)

On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. (Acts 19:5)

And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on His name.’ (Acts 22:16)

Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, (I Peter 3:21)

Through prophetic utterance, God tells us that the Messiah will be the living embodiment of the New Covenant:

 I am the LORD; I have called You in righteousness; I will take You by the hand and keep You; I will give You as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations, (Isaiah 42:6)

Thus says the LORD: “In a time of favor I have answered You; in a day of salvation I have helped You; I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people, to establish the land, to apportion the desolate heritages, (Isaiah 49:8)

Therefore, baptism into Christ is baptism into the New Covenant:

 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? (Romans 6:3)

For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. (Galatians 3:27)

 

 

9.  Upon receiving baptism, calling upon the name of the Lord, one enters into legal covenant relationship with God, just as a man and woman enter into a legal covenant marriage.

 8   But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); 9   because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10   For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved…13  For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:8, 9, 10, 13)

It is important here to emphasize that the term “saved” in the passage above refers to salvation found within the atonement in Christ; in other words, saved here means saved from one’s sins, it is NOT utilized here as synonymous for eternal life. One does not yet have eternal life just because one enters into the covenant, but he does have salvation from his sins. This will be explained in further detail in the following pages…

 

 

10.  Several things next take place – practically simultaneously – first, this person receives the atonement in Christ and is thereby forgiven and cleansed from their former sins (contrary to the teachings of men which state the atonement takes care of every sin that one will ever commit – this is not found taught in the Scriptures).

 For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. (II Peter 1:9)

The elements of the atonement in Christ, which are imputed righteousness of Christ, the imputed holiness of Christ, justification (based upon the imputed righteousness and holiness of Christ), salvation from sin (based upon the imputed righteousness and holiness of Christ, and the justification which becomes of them), and redemption and reconciliation. All of the elements of the atonement in Christ are given to us freely, as gifts, by God, through faith.

 The righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: (Romans 3:22)

To open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.‘ (Acts 26:18)

And because of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, (I Corinthians 1:30)

For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law. (Romans 3:28)

More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through Whom we have now received reconciliation. (Romans 5:11)

Because of grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, (Ephesians 2:8)

They are given because they are required for a man before he can enter into God’s presence for personal relationship (as the veil between the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies demonstrated, especially when it was torn from top to bottom after Christ’s sacrificial, atoning death upon the cross).

 

 

11.  Here we will take a deeper look into the atonement in Christ (the work of Christ upon the cross), because Reformed Theology of the past 500 years has greatly confused this issue. In order to understand the atonement under the New Covenant, we must understand it under the Old Covenant – for the second is based upon the same principles as the first. Under the Old Covenant, the atonement had only two purposes: (1) to cleanse the sinner from his sin, so that he could remain in covenant relationship with God; and (2) it was the basis for God’s forgiveness.

 For on this day shall atonement be made for you to cleanse you. You shall be clean before the LORD from all your sins. (Leviticus 16:30)

Thus shall he do with the bull. As he did with the bull of the sin offering, so shall he do with this. And the priest shall make atonement for them, and they shall be forgiven. (Leviticus 4:20, 26, 31, 35)

Then he shall offer the second for a burnt offering according to the rule. And the priest shall make atonement for him for the sin that he has committed, and he shall be forgiven. (Leviticus 5:10, 16, 18)

Repeatedly we read that the one who commits sin must atone for it, and if he does not, he will “bear his iniquity,” “his iniquity shall be upon him,” and “he shall be cut off from his people.”

 5  When he realizes his guilt in any of these and confesses the sin he has committed, 6  he shall bring to the LORD as his compensation for the sin that he has committed, a female from the flock, a lamb or a goat, for a sin offering. And the priest shall make atonement for him for his sin. (Leviticus 5:5-6)

30  But the person who does anything with a high hand, whether he is native or a sojourner, reviles the LORD, and that person shall be cut off from among his people. 31  Because he has despised the word of the LORD and has broken His commandment, that person shall be utterly cut off; his iniquity shall be on him.” (Numbers 15:30-31)

One who sinned cut himself off from relationship with God, he separated himself from God:

 But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have caused Him to hide His face from you, so that He will not hear your voice. (Isaiah 59:2)

If he did not atone for his sin, then fellowship with God would not be restored, no reconciliation could take place.

The purpose of atonement was for the sinner’s forgiveness and cleansing from sin, so that he could remain in covenant relationship with God. It is the same under the New Covenant – the atonement in Christ cleanses the sinner from his past sins, is the basis for God to forgive him, and keeps him in covenant relationship (fellowship) with God.

 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38)

To open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in Me. (Acts 26:18)

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace, (Ephesians 1:7)

For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. (II Peter 1:9)

But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. (I John 1:7)

Again, one enters into the covenant through baptism, and then the atonement is applied to one’s life – NOT before, as false Reformed teaching dictates. This is why Acts 2:38 states that one must “repent and be baptized” before they receive “forgiveness of your sins.”  II Peter 1:9 states (contrary to Reformed teachings) that the atonement in Christ (initially) cleanses the sinner “from his former sins,” or in other words, from his past sins. The atonement, when initially applied to one’s life, does NOT take care of all one’s sins past, present, and future.

Contrary to Reformed Theology, the Scriptures do not teach that eternal life is in the atonement of Christ. This confusion takes place because Reformed Theology fails to make the Scriptural distinction between the Biblical definition of salvation and the Biblical writers’ use sometimes of salvation as a term synonymous with eternal life. The Scriptural definition of salvation (referring to the salvation as a work of Christ upon the cross, the atonement in Christ), is “deliverance from sin.”

 She will bear a son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins. (Matthew 1:21)

To give knowledge of salvation to His people in the forgiveness of their sins, (Luke 1:77)

The following are examples of the term “salvation” being used synonymously as eternal life:

 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, (Philippians 2:12)

We do not “work out” our “own salvation” much less “with fear and trembling” if we are talking about the free gift of salvation (deliverance from sin) that comes through grace and faith alone. However, there are obligations that we must meet in “working out” salvation that is synonymous with eternal life – NOT work that gives us eternal life, but meeting our obligations in order to remain in covenant relationship with God, which allows us to move forward with God into that relationship which gives eternal life, that cannot be earned in any way, shape, or form.

 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. (I Thessalonians 5:8)

The “hope of salvation” cannot be the salvation found only in the atonement, for it is not a hope if one is abiding in the covenant. The hope of salvation speaks of the final consummation of attaining eternal life through intimate, personal relationship with God.

 Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation? (Hebrews 1:14)

Again, the salvation that comes from the atonement in Christ is ours now as long as we remain abiding in the covenant, there is nothing about this free salvation in the atonement because of grace that is to be inherited. The inheritance speaks of the eternal life spoken of synonymously as salvation, which we will ultimately inherit through our relationship with God in eternity.

 And being made perfect, He became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, (Hebrews 5:9)

Obedience is not a prerequisite for attaining the salvation that is an element of the atonement in Christ, that salvation (delivered from sin) is a free gift of God through faith, because of grace. However, the salvation that is used here synonymously for eternal life does have to be “worked out” through obedience to Christ, just as the Scripture clearly and plainly teaches.

 Who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (I Peter 1:5)

There is nothing to reveal concerning the salvation which is part of the atonement in Christ, the only possible salvation that can and will be “revealed in the last time” will be that of eternal life, which salvation here is addressed as synonymous with.

 Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation– (I Peter 2:2)

There is no way that one can “grow up into salvation” which is the element of the atonement in Christ. It is given freely as a gift because of grace, through faith in Christ, and is freely flowing into the lives of those who remain abiding in God (Christ). The salvation spoken of here is used once again as synonymously with eternal life, which one can and should be growing up into.

Such confusion and false teachings originate from those who do not know or understand the two uses of the one term, “salvation,” and its cognates (save, saved, saving). When one uses the category “A” term of salvation (delivered from sin) as a category “B” situation (synonymous for eternal life), then inaccurate teaching and doctrine is forwarded as truth, which leads to false doctrine.

Again, eternal life is NOT a part of the atonement in Christ, neither do any of the elements of the atonement in Christ give eternal life to anyone.

 

 

12.  After one has called upon God and has entered into the Divine marriage covenant with God, and has received His forgiveness and cleansing through the atonement, the next thing he receives is the indwelling Spirit of God and regeneration – which is the “new birth.”

 He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to His own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, (Titus 3:5)

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (II Corinthians 5:17)

12 But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God, 13  who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. (John 1:12-13)

Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” (John 3:5)

Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? (I Corinthians 3:16)

However, eternal life does not come to us through the legality of the New Covenant, nor through the atonement in Christ, nor through regeneration, for these are all prerequisites to ultimately attaining to that eternal life.

 

 

13.  Now that one has entered into the covenant with God, one must remain abiding in the covenant in Christ by walking in obedience to the covenant law of the New Covenant, which replaced the law of the Old Covenant.

 For when there is a change in the priesthood, there is necessarily a change in the law as well. (Hebrews 7:12)

This New Covenant law is called the law of Christ,[1] the law of God,[2] the law of the Spirit,[3] the royal law,[4] and the perfect law and the law of liberty.[5]

 [1]  To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. (I Corinthians 9:21)

Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2)

 [2]  Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin. (Romans 7:25)

For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. (Romans 8:7)

[3]  For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:2)

 [4]  If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. (James 2:8)

 [5]  But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. (James 1:25)

 Remember that ANE covenants have covenant law, that law is the obligations that the partners must abide by in order to remain abiding in the covenant. The fact that the New Covenant has covenant law is prima facie evidence that the New Covenant is bilateral and conditional in nature. That is, the fact that the New Covenant has covenant law makes it self evident that the New Covenant is conditional.

 

 

14.  This law of Christ does NOT give one eternal life, it only stands as the obligations one has to meet in order to remain in covenant relationship with God.

For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put My law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be My people. (Jeremiah 31:33)

 

15.  What is the law of Christ?

FIRST, that we walk in trusting belief in Christ:

 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. (Mark 16:16)

15  That whoever believes in Him may have eternal life. 16  For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:15-16)

Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.” (John 6:29)

For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in Him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. (John 6:40)

Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. (John 6:47)

 

SECOND, to love on people, by meeting any needs they have that you are able to meet:

 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, (Matthew 5:44)

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. (John 13:34)

“This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. (John 15:12)

Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. (Romans 13:10)

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love. (Galatians 5:6)

For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Galatians 5:14)

If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. (James 2:8)

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. (I Peter 4:8)

And this commandment we have from Him: whoever loves God must also love his brother. (I John 4:21)

So then, as the opportunities present themselves to us, let us love on everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith. (Galatians 6:10)

 

 

THIRD, we are to love God:

 And He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27)

We are told by God that what He accepts as love is walking in obedience to Him:

For this is how we love God, we keep His commandments, and His commandments are not burdensome. (I John 5:3)

And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments; (II John 1:16)

Not everyone who says to Me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 7:21)

And being made perfect, He became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, (Hebrews 5:9)

When we meet these first three obligations, then we are abiding in God:

 23   And this is His commandment, (1) that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ and (2) love one another, just as He has commanded us. 24 Whoever keeps His commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us. (I John 3:23-24)

 

 

FOURTH, part of walking in obedience to God is to walk in the Spirit; that is, to walk in obedience to the leading of the Spirit:

 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit… (Romans 8:1)

4   in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5  For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. 6  For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. (Romans 8:4-6)

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. (Romans 8:14)

But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code. (Romans 7:6)

 

 

FIFTH, to partake of Communion in Christ:

 53   So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. 54  Whoever feeds on My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. 55  For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink. 56  Whoever feeds on My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. (John 6:53-56)

The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? (I Corinthians 10:16)

 

 

16.  When one meets all of the above obligations, then one is abiding in Christ, where eternal life dwells.

 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. (John 1:4)

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in Me, though he die, yet shall he live,” (John 11:25)

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God according to the promise of the life that is in Christ Jesus, (II Timothy 1:1)

The life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us- (I John 1:2)

11 And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12   Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. (I John 5:11-12)

And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. (I John 5:20)

 

 

17.  The purpose of having eternal life, is to spend time with God and get to know Him on an intimate and personal basis.

 And this is the purpose for eternal life, to know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. (John 17:3)

It appears that those who are in covenant relationship with God, who do not follow through in that personal relationship, will not enter into the kingdom of heaven, because God will only allow those into heaven who He has come to know personally.

 21 Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. 22  On that day many will say to Me, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and cast out demons in Your name, and do many mighty works in Your name?” 23  And then will I declare to them, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness.” (Matthew 7:21-13)

But He answered, “Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.” (Matthew 25:1-12)

For although they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks to Him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. (Romans 1:21)

In flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. (II Thessalonians 1:8)

They profess to know God, but they deny Him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work. (Titus 1:16)

 

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Dr. Dave A. Schoch, Th.D., New Testament Studies email: dkschoch@sbcglobal.net
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