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The Daily Word of Righteousness
The Judaic-Christian Salvation, #11
. . . I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:21)
No one who practices sin has any place in the Kingdom of God.
Please note we are not claiming that until we are perfect we are not saved, not in the Kingdom of God. All of us are on a continuum from the bondage of Satan to untroubled rest in the Father's will. As long as we walk in the light of God's will, confessing our sins as we are made aware of them, we are without condemnation. The blood of the Lord Jesus is making an atonement for us.
We are referring rather to the popular concept that it does not matter how we behave because we are saved by faith apart from works of righteousness. A faith that does not produce works of righteousness is a dead faith. There is no salvation in it whatever. Today's churches often are deceived concerning the relationship of faith to godly behavior.
The believer who does not keep on washing his robe in the blood of the Lamb, purifying himself by the provisions the Lord has made under the new covenant, will not inherit the promises of life and glory promised to the overcomer.
What must the believer do if he would enter the Kingdom of God?
And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections [passions] and lusts. (Galatians 5:24)
God is concerned with righteous behavior, not so much with our doctrinal positions. It is easy to be confused and mistaken in doctrine but righteous behavior anyone can understand.
The Kingdom of God is God, in Christ, through and with the saints, governing the nations of saved peoples of the earth. The Kingdom of God is the end result of the Judaic-Christian salvation. The Kingdom of God is the subject of the Scriptures. The members of the royal priesthood must be perfected in obedience before they will be placed on the thrones that govern the universe; before they are installed as the judges of people and angels.
The Plan for Solving the Problem of Disobedience.
The problem began with the disobedience in the garden.
After a long period of time had elapsed, God called a man, Abraham, to walk before Him and be perfect. Then God tested Abraham as to his obedience. Because Abraham demonstrated his absolute obedience to God (to an extent few of us would be able to equal), God promised him that his seed would overcome the enemy and that in his seed all the nations of the earth would be blessed.
After another period of time, God revealed His plan further in the calling out of one nation, Israel, to represent Himself among the remaining nations of the earth. The calling out of Israel, as is true also of the calling out of the members of the Body of Christ, does not signify the elect are saved while the rest of the world is lost. Rather, the elect, God's Israel, are called out of the world in order to govern and intercede for the remainder of mankind.
To be continued.