Sunday, November 13, 2016

Living Above the Law, by Dan Mayfield

"realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers", 1 Timothy 1:9
I have been reading the Epistle to Diognetus which gives a picture of Christian life and belief in the first century. Written by a person who claims to have been taught by the Apostles, he speaks with simplicity and shows the simplicity of Christian living as marked by its goodness and separation from the world.

I wrote recently about the Christian livi...ng according to a higher law of Christ which is superior to any law of man. Laws of man are for disobedient law breakers. But Christians don't need the laws of men to keep them in line because they live according to the higher law of Christ.

In the Epistle afore mentioned, in chapter five it speaks of the manner of Christian living in the first century and says this interesting remark, "They obey the prescribed laws, all the while surpassing the laws by their lives." Ch.5.

Paul taught the Galatians, "For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” Gal. 5:14. When Christians treat others the way they want to be treated, they will not harm their neighbors, which is the aim of all laws of man.

So indeed, Christians love "above" the laws of man because we submit to the higher law of Our Lord, Jesus Christ.

One last word. We know of men and women of whom it is said, "they think they are above the law". These are lawless who breaks laws which they demand that others should keep. But they are not above the law of Christ and they shall answer to that supreme law some day. They may get away with their lawless ways for a season, but they shall answer to Christ on judgment day.

PARTICIPATION IS A PRIVILEGE: VOTING

When we look across human history, we see Kings and Dictators ruling over nations. Passed on from father to son, the people had no say.

In 1 Samuel 8, the people said, "Give us a king to judge us." v5.

The people in so doing rejected the rule of God over their lives, v7.
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This is the history of man to reject the rule of God to instead be ruled over by men.

Now God gave them a king. He gave the people Saul and then God gave to them David. God said in that selection, "man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." 1 Sam 16:7.

As Solomon said, there is nothing new under the sun, so too even today men look at the outward appearance for their leaders, but God looks at the heart. This is God's desire for leaders to be spiritually inclined.

Now we live in a dispensation that is spiritual so that Christ is the King. God has made His selection for who will will rule over His people. He is "the blessed and only potentat, the King of kings, and Lord of lords." 1 Tim. 6:15.

So being under the rule of Christ, where does that leave the Christian in relation to human governments?

Well, human authorities are of God. "Be subject to them" says Paul because "there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God." vv1,2. Paul adds, "For he is God's minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God's minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil." v4.

It doesn't matter if you are talking about the government of the United States of the Dictatorship of North Korea. The authority they possess is granted from God. It is to be wielded with justice to punish those who are evil and to the praise of those who do right, 1 Pt 2:14.

There is nothing in the Scriptures to suggest that the ruler be a Christian. We can and should pray for that, 1 Timothy 2:1ff, but that's not the requirement for the authority. What is the requirement is that he uphold law and order so that Christians "may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence."

Which kind of government is the best? The world is filled with many kinds of government. Some are oppressive and hinder the free will of citizens to seek and serve Yahweh. Others kinds accommodate the man's natural affinity to worship God and do not hinder that.

When it comes to the question of voting, the interesting thing about the United States is something unique in most all of the world. Citizens in a Constitutional Republic do not live under a king. Instead citizens of the United States get to pick the President, who serves and only for a limited time. The entire system in United States is set up to hinder the rule of a potentate over the citizens.

Which would be better? Since all governments get their authority from God, the dictator and the President, which one is best for the Christian to live a holy life that proclaims the excellencies of Christ. Well that answer is easy.

So what are we looking for when we vote? A Christian? That would be nice if the choice was available, but only one time in America's history was the candidate an actualy member of the body of Christ. No, we don't have that option most of the time. But we do have the option to vote in this system and we vote for the best candidate.

Voting for President ought to be a moral action. Choose the one who is most likely to do what God expects from all authorities: punish evildoers and give praise to those who do what is right.

AN ELDER’S WIFE

There is one person in the church
Who knows the elder’s life
She’s wept and smiled and prayed for him
And that the elder’s wife.
She knows your servant’s weakest point
And knows his greatest power
She has heard him speak in simple tones
In his greatest triumph hour.
She has heard him groaning in his soul
When bitten raged the strife,
As, hand in his, she knelt with him –
For she’s the elder’s wife.
The church has seen him in his strength,
As he drew his armor’s sword,
As underneath God’s banner folds
He faced the Devils’ horde.
But she knows deep with her heart
That scarce an hour before
She helped him pray for strength from God
Behind a closet door.
You tell your tales of workers brave,
Who over streets have trod,
And changed the lives of people
By the lovely words of God.
And I will tell you back of them
Some women lived their lives;
Who wept with them and smiled with them
They were the elder’s wives.
– Anon
[this poem was at the end of the sermon "What Price Leadership?" preached by beloved Roy D. Baker]

Living Above the Law, by Dan Mayfield

I have been reading the Epistle to Diognetus which gives a picture of Christian life and belief in the first century. Written by a person who claims to have been taught by the Apostles, he speaks with simplicity and shows the simplicity of Christian living as marked by its goodness and separation from the world. 
I wrote recently about the Christian living according to a higher law of Christ which is superior to any law of man. Laws of man are for disobedient law breakers. But Christians don't need the laws of men to keep them in line because they live according to the higher law of Christ.
In the Epistle afore mentioned, in chapter five it speaks of the manner of Christian living in the first century and says this interesting remark, "They obey the prescribed laws, all the while surpassing the laws by their lives." Ch.5.
Paul taught the Galatians, "For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” Gal. 5:14. When Christians treat others the way they want to be treated, they will not harm their neighbors, which is the aim of all laws of man.
So indeed, Christians love "above" the laws of man because we submit to the higher law of Our Lord, Jesus Christ.
One last word. We know of men and women of whom it is said, "they think they are above the law". These are lawless who breaks laws which they demand that others should keep. But they are not above the law of Christ and they shall answer to that supreme law some day. They may get away with their lawless ways for a season, but they shall answer to Christ on judgment day.

Monday, November 07, 2016

THE HISTORIC CHRISTIAN POSITION IS AGAINST ABORTION, by Dan Mayfield

One of the earliest Christian writings called The Epistle to Diognetus [first century writing] speaks of the typical Christian life. In 5:6, it says, "They marry like all other men and they beget children; but they do not cast away [destroy] their offspring." The "casting away" indicates the care they have for children whereas many of the heathen would toss unwanted infants into the elements to die of exposure or to be eaten by wild animals. Christians have a respect for life.

There are many Christians today who do not have the compassion for the millions of infants who are destroyed from the womb with their parts sold to laboratories for research and for the making of products.

In the early Christian writing called Didache, Greek for 'teaching', which is dated from 50-120 a.d., it says in chapter 2, "You shall not commit murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not commit pederasty, you shall not commit fornication, you shall not steal, you shall not practice magic, you shall not practice witchcraft, you shall not murder a child by abortion nor kill that which is born."

The morality of Christianity stood in stark contrast to the immorality of the world. The Greeks and Romans used various herbs, bindings, and other actions to abort a child. But the influence of Christianity become great so that by the third century, abortion was outlawed.1.

I want to suggest that the true faith in Christianity is and has always been opposed to the destruction of children, even the unborn. The influence of Christians ought to be today such as it was in the early church that effected change in the culture.

If you defend, support, accept, or approve of abortion in some way, you do not have the proper view of innocent life and need to repent.

In the early Christian writing called, "The Letter of Barnabas", it says, "The knowledge, therefore, which is given to us for the purpose of walking in this way, is the following....Thou shalt not slay the child by procuring abortion; nor, again, shalt thou destroy it after it is born" (Letter of Barnabas 19 [A.D. 74] ).

It is a truism that there's nothing new under the sun. The barbarity that men committed in the first century is still practiced today. And we aren't surpised that the godless would do so, but it is surprising and deeply troubling when Christians have no pang of conscience at the practice. I have had these to rationalize to me that "abortion is the law of the land." That has no credibility unless we are going to argue that all laws of the land are righteous. The real problem is that many who call themselves Christians do not have the spirit of respect for unborn children.

I pray that supporters of abortion will repent.
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1. Wikipedia article 'History of Abortion' sourced: Sallares, J. Robert (2003), "abortion", in Hornblower, Simon; Spawforth, Anthony, The Oxford Classical Dictionary (3rd ed.), Oxford: OxfordUP, p. 1, ISBN 978-0-19-860641-3

EXPEDIENT, COMMAND, OR ADDITION? by Dan Mayfield


This simple but clear graphic shows there are expedients needed to fulfill God's command to sing. The church has discretion to choose the spiritual words and the tune and even whether to compile the songs to be sung. The expedient is necessary to expedite God's word to sing. But remember that you will only be singing the spiritual songs that please God.

Those who love musical instruments enough to divide the church over them have to justify their use by taking on one of two mutually exclusive positions.

First, they can claim their guitar is an expedient to fulfill the command to sing. The heart since it is specified in the New Testament is itself therefore not an expedient, Eph 5:19. But, If the instrument is an expedient, by definition it is not a command. The problem with claiming musical instruments are an expedient is that singing requires no musical instrument. Singing requires numerous expedients, but not a single string, horn, or drum. The organ was added hundreds of years after Jesus started the church. That fact pretty much dismisses the notion of them being an expedient.

Second, they claim that musical instruments are commanded or implied for use in the church. If the instrument is commanded, then by definition it is not an expedient. If the musical instrument is commanded, then like with singing, all Christians would be playing an instrument. Just as everyone sings, prays, gives, partakes of the Lord's Supper, so a command to pluck strings would apply to all. 

Of course no one ever claims that musical instruments are commanded. Since the church did not use musical instruments for hundreds of years until the Catholic church added them, it proves their use was never commanded.

Since musical instruments are not necessary for singing and since no command has ever been claimed, they are an addition to the Word of God. Adding to God's word is sin that misty be repented of. The addition of indulgent to Christian worship has proven to divide and make impossible the unity Jesus prayed for, Join 17.

I hope you will worship this week just as God commanded by singing.

I offer this humbly. 

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

"DID YOU RECEIVE THE SPIRIT WHEN YOU BELIEVED?" Acts 19:1ff

This is the question Paul asked the disciples he came across in Ephesus. "Did you receive the Spirit when you believed?" They said they didn't know there was a spirit. This led Paul to ask about their baptism. They said they got John's baptism. So add Priscilla and Aquila taught Apollos the way out God more accurately, Paul taught them and immersed them this time to receive the Spirit.
What was Paul suggesting about the Spirit? Paul didn't ask if they received "the gift of" the Holy Spirit when they believed. So how was the Holy Spirit received when you believe?
Indwelling Holy Spirit?
Outpouring of H.S. as with Cornelius?
Apostolic laying on of hands to impart gifts?

WHY I REJECT CALVINISM: BECOMING A CHRISTIAN IS ENTERING A CONDITIONAL, BILATERAL COVENANT WITH GOD, Dan Mayfield

When it comes to covenants there are unilateral and bilateral Covenants. The unilateral Covenant in the Bible is a promise from God without any conditions. The rainbow Covenant and the Davidic Covenant that his descendants would always be upon his throne are examples of unilateral Covenants. The bilateral covenants of the Bible are promises from God based upon conditions which must be met by men.
To hear the gospel and become a Christian is not an example of entering a unilateral covenant. If Calvinism were true, becoming a Christian would be an example of being in a unilateral Covenant because all of the conditions are established and kept by God without conditions on man. This isn't Christianity and Calvinism isn't Christianity.
In Christianity, God establishes the conditions for giving the promise of eternal life. And to receive this gift from God, which God without partiality offers to all the children of Adam, each sinner must believe and obey the Gospel, Romans 10:16; 2 Thess 1:8; 1 Pet 4:17. To obey the Gospel requires turning from sin, confessing Jesus is Lord, and then being baptized by adult immersion, Acts 8:12; 22:16.
I say this in love. Get a hold of me if this is something you need to do.

THE DELUDED MIND IN THREE TEXT OF SCRIPTURE, Dan Mayfield

There are three actors who play a part in the delusion that can come over any of us.
FIRST, the man himself who knows the truth, but denies it and instead worships the creation.
"21For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. 24Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. 25For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. 26For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 27and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. 28And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, " Rom 1:21-28
SECOND, the devil who blinds the minds of the unbelieving so that they believe what is false.
"3And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.", 2 Cor. 3:3,4
THIRD, God allows the obstinate soul to believe what is false because the person did not love truth.
"the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, 10and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved. 11For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, 12in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness." 2 Thess 2:9-12.
In this text we see the sinner does not love the truth. In it we see that the "activity of satan" is at work utilizing false signs and wonders to deceive. And in it we see that God gives the sinner what he wants by sending a deluding influence upon him so that the lie he loves is believable.
It's quite east to put the blame on God. But that won't fly. It's also easy to blame the devil. But the devil can be resisted. Ultimately, and the judgment will confirm this, the fault lies with the sinner who chooses to reject God in favor of the enticements of this world. The fault doesn't lie with Adam, the world, or with our parents. We each sin and we choose to accept or reject God's will.
If you die in your sins, God will have sent a delusion upon you. If you never become a Christian, be certain the devil at some point blinded your mind from seeing the glory of the Gospel. And if you never confess Christ and carry your cross, you will be able to look back at that moment you were confronted with the reality of God - because He in mercy made Himself known to you, Rom 1:18ff - and you rejected Him.
If you can still read the Scripture and be pricked, don't put off your obedience and risk the hardening of your heart. Obey the Gospel today.
I will close with the words that Ananias said to Saul, "And now why do you delay? Arise and be baptized and wash away thy sins, calling on His name." Acts 22:16. Until you are baptized, you haven't properly called on the name of the Lord for salvation. It's faith.

GOD'S ELECTION TO SAVE MEN IS A BILATERAL COVENANT, Dan Mayfield

After some thought, I have come to the conclusion that there are two kinds of election. To understand the two, think about two kinds of covenants.
The first kind of covenant is a unilateral covenant. God has made these kind of covenants for example with the rainbow promise, with the Abrahamic covenant for nations to be blessed through Him, and another was the covenant God made with David that one of his decendents would always be on his throne. Someone put it best by pointing out this uniteral covenant is a promise. God makes the covenant with men without any requirements being placed upon man. God's keeping of His promise doesn't depend on man meeting certain obligations.
The second kind of covenant is called a bilateral covenant. As with the first, God makes a promise but His keeping it is contingent upon man accepting the conditions set by God. God made bilaterial covenants in the Old Testament telling the people He would bless them if they obeyed Him.
"15“See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, and death and adversity; 16in that I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in His ways and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, that you may live and multiply, and that the LORD your God may bless you in the land where you are entering to possess it. 17“But if your heart turns away and you will not obey, but are drawn away and worship other gods and serve them, 18I declare to you today that you shall surely perish. You will not prolong your days in the land where you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess it. 19“I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, 20by loving the LORD your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him; for this is your life and the length of your days, that you may live in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.” Deut 30:15-20.
Why am I writing this? Calvinism distorts the Gospel so that the plan of God to save sinful man is a unilaterial covenant, meaning God establishes a promise which He will keep without any obligations or conditions being placed upon men. Calvinism teaches God selects exactly whom He will save. And God will save these elect regardless of how they live. According to a unilaterial agreement, the person will be saved becasue it's promised by God.
To become a Christian is to enter a bilaterial covenant which differs from the unilterial. The bilaterial covenant or promise is fulfilled for each sinner on the basis of conditions. If you believe in Christ, turn away from sin, confess Christ, and keep doing these things, and then are baptized as an adult for remission of sins, God will save you. The salvation is of God and not yourself. It is a gift. But the gift or promise is given on condition. If you choose to exit the covenant, God allows you. Do you want to be saved and know you have eternal life? Covenant with God today.

IS GOD WORKING? IS JESUS WORKING? IS THE HOLY SPIRIT WORKING? by Dan Mayfield

What is God doing? Can you explain it? What is Jesus doing? Can you explain it? What about the Holy Spirit? Is the Holy Spirit doing anything? What are angels doing? Can you explain it?
When I read the Bible, I read of people who have a strong sense of the spiritual realm interracting with their lives. They are fighting a spiritual war against the devil, Eph 6:10ff; 1 Pet. 5:8,9. They are given the prospect of entertaining angels as others did. They are strengthened and comforted by the God of Comfort. They are listened to when praying and the answers come from the providence of God to give deliverance and healing, Philippians 1:19. Prayer itself is a direct interface between this world and God. And in prayer we know that Christ is still our High Priest, "always making intercession for them", Heb. 7:25; 4:15. Before the throne of grace, we "obtain mercy and find grace to HELP in time of need." The mercy and grace that helps in time of need is something from the throne of God. It is God's help that is directly related to approaching that throne in faith. And the Holy Spirit, the 3rd person of the Godhead is said in Romans 8 "also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered." Rom. 8:26.
But so much of Christianity has been rationalized and naturalized. See, God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are in heaven. And because the miraculous age has ceased, then God is only working through natural means. So what you are left with is the completed Bible. If you believe what the Bible says about God and the Gospel of Jesus, then you will be blessed and saved. If you do what the Book says, then you will be blessed.
This naturalism and rationalism is behind, I think, the caving to evolution so that now we have a rational creation over millions and billions of years. This naturalism is behind the 70 A.D. doctrine that makes argues we are in the new heaven and earth.
Understand, I'm not speaking of the charismatic gifts. I'm not proposing that God speaks to us in a "small still voice". But I must resist all attempts to make this spiritual language explainable. "Well, if the Holy Spirit indwells you, what does He do?" The answer is simple. He does what the Holy Spirit does. He intercedes for us. He seals us. He strengthens us. He pours out the love of God in our hearts. He produces His fruit in us.
The working of the Godhead is mysterious. How he hears and answers all of our prayers at once? Mysterious. How the 3 persons of the Godhead are distinct but One? Mysterious. How he works His will perfectly while never coopting a man's free will? Mysterious. Why the devil is still able to tempt and exercise such great influence in the world? Mysterious. What the angels are specifically doing? Mysterious.
The Bible is filled with times of prophetic silence. But God was working. Books like Esther and Nehemiah show the providence of God at work in His peoples' lives. I strongly believe this is true today. And I'm not willing to admit it is only the Father who is working. The Son and the Holy Spirit are working too. It's their nature and they can't change their nature as deity.
I'm convinced the Holy Spirit personally indwells me. And he works His work in me through the Word of God. He produces His fruit. He helps me in prayer. He testifies that I'm God's child. And anyone who doesn't have the indwelling Spirit does not have God.
Said with love.

THE WORKING OF GOD....beyond a mechanistic 'you reap and sow'. by Dan Mayfield

We understand that the laws of nature, Rom. 2:14-15, which aren't to do with gravity or laws of thermodynamics, etc, but are the moral laws which press upon all men to keep them doing what they ought to do, we know that these have built in consequences so that we understand the words "you reap what you sow." Gal. 6:7. Though it's spiritual, being God's ordained plan, still it's natural in the sense of being put in place and working as a mechanism that works without direct involvement from the hand of God.
When I say that God is working, I mean that the Scriptures show the regular involvement of God in the affairs of men. It's always in accordance with the Holy Bible. It's real but behind what is seen. It's often an answer to prayer. It's necessary for the working out of His eternal will.
And when we agree that the Father works, we must agree that the other two persons of the Godhead are also working. This we accept by faith because we couldn't prove it was them if we had to. We just believe it by faith. We believe Jesus is always making intercession. And what about the Holy Spirit? Is He strengthening? Is He interceding? Is He sealing? Is He bearing fruit? Is He indwelling? Or is the Holy Spirit just a Bible? Or is the Holy Spirit the only member of the Godhead who isn't active?
I was told that the argument is that if I believe it takes more than the Bible, then I don't believe in the sufficiency of the Bible. The very argument misses the point. Of course I believe in the sufficiency of the Bible. But I don't believe God intended for people to conclude the Holy Spirit is inactive.
God loves. Love is active. God didn't love only in the past, as some time which He set this all up. God loves us all and He shows it. Paul said it is "the kindness, forebearance and patience of God that leads you to repentance." Rom. 2:4.
Though there is a distinction in roles for the three persons of the Godhead, there is a sameness. "God said, 'let us make man in our image.'" Gen 1. We are not only made in the image of the Father, but we are made in the image of the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We are made like them. If the Father loves, then the Son and the Holy Spirit loves. If the Father is grieved over sin, then the Holy Spirit is grieved over sin, Eph 4:30. Let's keep the three persons of the Godhead separate and honor that all three are working.
Said in love.

THE REVELATION OF JESUS (NOT THE 70 AD DESTRUCTION OF JERUSALEM) - BENSON

Peter wrote, "who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time." 1 Peter 1:5.
To answer when is the last time and Jesus' revelation with His angels coming on the clouds so that every eye shall see,, the following is copied from Benson's Commentary which I believe he wrote in the 1700s. He did not subscribe to the idea that Jesus has already returned the second time as the 70ad folks teach who also wrongly teach that He has returned and that the judgment and new and and earth are what we now enjoy in the church. If ever there was a false teaching, this would be one. Read why Benson disagrees with these man-made and naturalistic interpretations of the second coming of Jesus.
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"Ready — ετοιμην, prepared, to be revealed — In all its glory; in the last time — The time of Christ’s second coming; the grand period, in which all the mysteries of divine providence shall beautifully and gloriously terminate. Some have thought that by the salvation here spoken of, the apostle meant the preservation from the destruction brought on the Jewish nation by the Romans, which preservation the disciples of Christ 'obtained, by observing the signs mentioned in their Master’s prophecy concerning that event. For, when they saw these signs take place, they fled from Jerusalem to places of safety, agreeably to their Master’s order, Matthew 24:16. But what is said, 1 Peter 1:9-12, concerning this salvation; that it is a salvation, not of the body, but of the soul, to be bestowed as the reward of faith; that the prophets, who foretold this salvation, searched diligently among what people, and at what time, the means of procuring it were accomplished; that it was revealed to the prophets that these means were to be accomplished, not among them, but among us; and that these things were to be preached by the apostles as actually come to pass: I say, the above- mentioned particulars concerning the salvation to be revealed in the last time, do not agree to the deliverance of the Christians from the destruction of Jerusalem, but are applicable only to the salvation of believers in general from eternal death, by a resurrection to an immortal life in heaven, at the time of Christ’s coming, when this salvation is to be revealed; and that time is called the last time, because it will be the concluding scene of God’s dispensations relating to our world.' — Macknight."
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Are we ready for the day of Christ? Philippians 1:10
Are we holding fast so that we rejoice in the day of Christ? Phil 2:16
Are we eagerly waiting for the Savior? Phil 3:20
Are we waiting for the salvation to be revealed? 1 Peter 1:5
Are we living so others will glorify God at His return? 1 Pt 2:12

SALVATION BY FAITH IS POSSIBLE.

Salvation by merit or perfection is impossible. The great people in the Bible who are our examples of winning the race (see Hebrews 11-12:1) are people who were imperfect yet they won the prize by faith in Christ. God rewards faith. God is very pleased when a man puts his faith in Christ. When we put faith in God, then salvation becomes quite doable, not hard or impossible; salvation is very attainable, because the merit secured by the perfect Christ Jesus.
There are a number of people who wrongly conclude that salvation simply cannot be lost once you are a Christian. This isn't the case. When faith is dead or disobedient, it is not a pleasing kind of faith to God. Devil's believe and tremble. Many people have turned away from the Lord and have fallen from saving grace, Gal. 5:4; Heb 6:6; 2 Pet 2:20-22.

HEAVEN AWAITS THE FAITHFUL, Dan Mayfield

1 Peter is a reminder to stay faithful through adversity because there is a great salvation, reserved in heaven, to be revealed in the last day. 1 Peter 1:4.
Though your Faith will be tested as by fire, at the revelation of Jesus Christ, it will result in praise, honor, and glory. 1 Peter 1:7.
Therefore, Peter says, "gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance, but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, ' Be holy, for I am holy.'" 1 Peter 1:13-16.
Heaven waits for those who stand firm.

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