BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH
by Lahry Sibley
Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Eph 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
We are not saved by good works. We are saved "to good works". Good works, both of charity, and obedience, are evidence that salvation is ours, and the LIVING ALMIGHTY and HOLY ONE tabernacles within us.
The commandments have zero ability to empower such a walk within us. But they are the standard we look too, to see which side of the law our life is being lived out upon. Without HIS commandments we no way of measuring our walk as "holy, or unholy".
Our LORD walked in obedience. We are told by the Apostle, that we should walk as HE walked. If your walk is on the wrong side of the commandments, how is it that you are walking as HE walked, as evidence of your eternal hope?
Holiness in this life is such a part of our “salvation” that it is a necessary means to make us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in heavenly light and glory, for without holiness we can never see God (Heb 12:14), and are as unfit for His glorious presence as swine in the HOLY of holies.
Great multitudes of ignorant people that live under the gospel harden their hearts in sin and ruin their souls forever by trusting on Christ for such an imaginary “salvation” as consists not at all in holiness, but only in forgiveness of sin and deliverance from everlasting torments.
You can always tell these from the remnant. They will quickly jump up in your face to defend their doctrine, and their right to continue in sin with eternal hope for salvation. Deceived, in the first degree. Premeditated sin. My, my, how the predestined have fallen.
How can anyone heartily desire true salvation if they do not desire to be made holy and righteous in their hearts and lives? It can only be that the doctrine they believe is NOT SOUND DOCTRINE. They have no clue as to how to rightly divide the WORD of TRUTH. They are proclaiming that the salvation plan given by ELOHIM alone IS NOT HOLY AND PURE. Why? Because they do not believe in separation from sin. They believe in separation (holiness) in sin. ICABOD!!!!!!!
TRUST NO SALVATION MESSAGE THAT EXCLUDES HOLINESS OF LIVING AS EVIDENCE OF NEWNESS OF LIFE WITHIN. If you are not changed by HIS mercy and grace, IT IS NOT HIS MERCY AND GRACE you are hoping in.
Act 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
If you would but SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES "DAILY" you would see these things be so!
What a strange kind of salvation do these people desire that care not for holiness? They would desire to be saved and yet be altogether dead in sin, aliens from the life of God, without reflection of the image of God, deformed by the image of Satan, slaves and vessels their own filthy lusts, utterly unmeet for the enjoyment of God in Glory. Such a salvation as that was never purchased by the blood of Christ, and those that seek it abuse the grace of God in Christ and turn it into lasciviousness. Oh can't you see, such a devilish plan?
YEHOVAH frees none from condemnation but those that are in Christ, that walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. If you say you walk in the SPIRIT and yet walk in SIN as it's slave, you are not only a liar, but a blasphemer also.
99% of all who call themselves "church going christians would have their sins forgiven, not that they may walk with God in love, in time to come, but that they may practice their enmity against Him without any fear of punishment.
WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?
Gal 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Gal 6:8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
WHO HAS BEWITCHED YOU? The devil has, that's who. I don't care what pulpit they stand in or what TV channel he/she is on. They are still messengers of SATAN and they are THORN IN MY FLESH, AND AN ABOMINATION BEFORE YESHUA HA'MACHIACH!!!!!!!!
Joh 7:37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
Joh 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly (heart) shall flow rivers of living water.
Do these "rivers of living water" flow from your heart? Listen to what comes out of your mouth when you are around family and friends. What is it you love to talk about? Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth will speak of. Is it living water, or a return to your vomit?
Salvation that "saves IN sin", will not save you from HELL REPENT, turn from your evil sin soaked ways, and walk obedient and holy before HIM, take up your CROSS, DENY YOUR SELF LIFE, and follow HIM. That alone is heavenly hope. ACCEPT NO SUBSTITUTES!!!!!
Need a "sinner's prayer"? Here's one you can live with, for all eternity.......
Psa 143:7 Hear me speedily, O LORD: my spirit faileth: hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit.
Psa 143:8 Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.
Psa 143:9 Deliver me, O LORD, from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me.
Psa 143:10 Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.
Jer 31:18 I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus; Thou hast chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke: turn thou me, and I shall be turned; for thou art the LORD my God.
Jer 31:19 Surely after that I was turned, I repented; and after that I was instructed, I smote upon my thigh: I was ashamed, yea, even confounded, because I did bear the reproach of my youth.
Psa 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
If the "heart of the saint" is not a new creation in righteousness and good works, charity to man, obedience unto ELOHIM, you are not a SAINT. You may be religious, but you are no child of HAYAH (I AM).
Dear reader, we beg you: if your heart is yet unsanctified, you are still unsaved; and if you pant not after personal holiness, then you are without any real desire for God’s salvation. BELIEVE IT! or NOT!!!!
Where there is genuine longing to be freed from the love of sin, there is a true desire for His salvation; but where there is no practical deliverance (lived out in our daily lives) from the service of sin, then we are strangers to His saving grace.
Oh there ought to be a thousand "amen's" right about here.