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The Daily Word of Righteousness
Is the Christian Salvation Conditional?, #2
And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? (Luke 6:46)
Because the teachings of the Lord Jesus reveal that we are not saved by faith alone but actually have to do what He commanded, some are presenting the idea that the Words of the Lord apply only to the Jews of His day, not to the believers after His resurrection.
This would mean that the sayings of the Lord Jesus in the Gospels, which all true Christians treasure, are not for us but for the Jews.
Here is a grievous position. When the Lord said, "Abide in me," was He speaking to the Jews only? We personally could never accept that the Words of the Lord in the Gospels do not apply to Christian people.
It appears that the errors in theology prevalent today could be recognized easily by an alert high-school student. Since Christian scholars are intelligent and devout people, it must be true they are interpreting the Scriptures from an erroneous framework of understanding. They can perceive passages of Scripture only in terms of a manmade framework. They contradict the Scriptures and for some reason cannot see the discrepancies.
Let us consider the idea that salvation by grace is unconditional, meaning, as the writer explains, that our behavior subsequent to our profession of faith in Christ cannot damage our relationship to God.
There are several passages of Scripture that proclaim the contrary.
Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: . . . . (John 15:2)
The above passage is a clear statement that salvation, which has to do with our abiding in Jesus, depends on whether or not we bear fruit. Yet today's scholars claim that salvation is unconditional. The Scriptures teach that salvation is conditional. The scholars state that salvation is unconditional. It is time for a reformation of our thinking.
A branch in Christ is a Christian.
Each Christian is permitted to remain in Christ on the condition he or she bear the fruit of righteous conduct. If he does not bear the fruit of Christ-likeness God shall remove him from the Vine, from Christ. This concept is reinforced by verse six of the fifteenth chapter of John.
It seems to us that an intelligent person, whose perception had not been colored by an outside framework of understanding would interpret John 15:2,6 to mean that Christians can remain in Christ on the condition that they bear fruit.
But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end. (Hebrews 3:6; and again in verse fourteen)
We are made partakers of Christ on the condition we hold fast to the hope of salvation or, as Jesus expressed it, if we "endure" to the end. Yet, our popular Christian edition claims in effect that this is not true.
The written Word of almighty God is not true?
To be continued.