Necessary: Purity & Believing The Truth

March 4, 2014

Friends,
Those who teach people that they can be saved by God through believing in Christ and praying a particular prayer are not giving the whole facts of the Gospel. The Gospel must be adequately understood by those who are making the decision. The people must be informed, and thus realize, that neither the belief nor the prayer is enough. (Luke 14:25-35) Even the demons believe God’s Word and in who Jesus is (Mark 1:24 // Ja. 2:19), though they have chosen to reject and hate both, so praying a prayer without follow-up behavior simply makes the “sinner’s prayer of repentance” useless.

We read in 2 Thes. 2:13 that God chose us “to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the Truth.” This is what God has called us to through the Gospel (v. 14), that only true Gospel which Jesus, Paul, and the other apostles taught. The teachings of this Gospel were passed on orally and by letter (v. 15), neither contradicting the other, so that what we have in God’s written Word is all we need in order to walk in God’s Truth.

It is this Truth –God’s Truth as written in the Word (John 17:17)– which we must believe, and our belief must stand firm and be lived out. (2 Thes. 2:15) God has chosen to purify those who do this. (v. 13 // John 17:17 // 1 Peter 1:22) This is “the sanctifying work of the Spirit” (2 Thes. 2:13), and it comes about by our obedience to God’s Word (the Truth) which comes about by our submission to the Teacher of that Word, He who is “the Spirit of Truth”. (John 16:13) Aside from adherence to this, there is no freedom (John 8:31-36) and no salvation (1 Cor. 15:1,2 // Gal. 1:8), for this Way is the ordained plan of God by which to be saved. (Heb. 5:9)

Stated again: God established a way to be saved: It is through the purifying work of His Spirit, which becomes possible by our submission to His Spirit, and by our trusting obedience to the Truth. (2 Thes. 2:13-15) In other words, holding firmly to the true Truth, not some false gospel, is necessary for salvation. And also necessary is purity.

All who teach otherwise are teaching a false gospel.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

P.S.  After writing this post of mine, I later got a chance to read Israeliteindeed’s excellent post (see this link– http://israeliteindeed.wordpress.com/2014/03/03/whatever-he-says-do/ ) and I took note of how similar the content is which the Spirit led us both to write.  Here is an example from hers:

Jesus, God in flesh, demonstrated His absolute obedience to the Father’s will, giving us an example of the Spirit-led life. He did nothing and said nothing but what His Father told Him to do and say (Heb. 10:9; Jn. 5:17, 19; Jn. 4:34; Jn. 7:16). The Holy Spirit is given to all who obey God (Acts 5:32) and He leads us into all Truth, both in doctrine and practice. Everything we do and everything we say/teach is to be guided by the Father through the Spirit of Jesus in us. Any other “Christian life” is a counterfeit.

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