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Only those who OBEY THE LORD. AND DO AS HE COMMANDS THEY DO. THOSE THAT KEEP HIS SAYINGS AND DO THE WILL OF THE FATHER. Do not all REGENERATED BELIEVERS OBTAIN A CROWN OF ROYALTY? Do they not cast those crowns at the feet of Jesus? IT WAS THE QUEEN THAT OBTAINED GRACE, FAVOR AND A CROWN. Surely we can see a remarkable parallel here that is worth looking into in depth. The point being that wherever we look, we FIND GRACE ALWAYS INTERTWINED WITH SALVATION, WITH SEEING THE LORD, WITH BEING IN THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD, AND GRACE IS ALWAYS IN THE SIGHT OF THE LORD. We remind you once again that the vast majority of so called "Christians" did not AVAIL THEMSELVES OF THE GRACE OF GOD. They encountered HIS WRATH INSTEAD. We will find the same sequence in the New Testament. GRACE ONLY APPLIES TO THOSE WHO ARE OBEDIENT. It is as NARROW as the WAY IS NARROW. If you fall off the WAY, you are OUTSIDE OF GOD'S GRACE. In the New Testament, the word for "grace" is "charis" which means GRACIOUSNESS, FAVOR, GIFT, LIBERALITY. An example of grace is when Christ asked us to give a dinner for those who could never repay you in any way. It demonstrates AGAPE LOVE, and it demonstrates TRUE GRACE. "And said he also to them that bade Him, WHEN THOU MAKEST A DINNER OR A SUPPER, CALL NOT THY FRIENDS, NOR THY BRETHREN, NEITHER THY KINSMAN, NOR THY RICH NEIGHBORS: LEST THEY ALSO BID THEE AGAIN, AND A RECOMPENSE BE MADE THEE. BUT WHEN THOU MAKEST A FEAST, CALL THE POOR, THE MAIMED, THE LAME, THE BLIND: AND THOU SHALT BE BLESSED: FOR THEY CANNOT RECOMPENSE THEE: FOR THOU SHALT BE RECOMPENSED AT THE RESSURECTION OF THE JUST." Luke 14: 12-14
There is no better illustration of grace than this command of the Lord Jesus. It demonstrates for us the WORKING AND MEANING OF GRACE. Grace is UNMERITED FAVOR. It is granted out of the AGAPE LOVE of the HEART. It is bestowed upon those WHO CANNOT REPAY, WHO ARE BLIND, POOR, MAIMED AND LAME. How strange we find these words often applied to the real
believer in disparate search of the Lord and His righteousness. How strange that we be called BLIND AND POOR. What a beautiful parable to illustrate the meaning of GRACE AND AGAPE LOVE. Behind the grace of God is AGAPE LOVE. It is the agape love essence that bestows the favor upon those unworthy. The problem with modern man is that he is so arrogant he thinks he is worthy of salvation. He claims his worth is so much that Christ came and died just for him. That is in reality the perversion of grace. It places the value on the object of grace rather than on the GRACE GIVER, the act of grace, or grace itself. GRACE IS ALWAYS UNMERITED FAVOR. MANKIND HAS NO MERIT. HIS PRIDE AND ARROGANCE ONLY BETRAY HIM INTO ETERNAL RUIN. Man attempts to claim a value, and modern Christian theology attempts to place a high value upon man. God does not. Most of what He does, He does to protect HIS NAME, HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS. It is for the sake of mercy, of agape love, for THE GOOD NAME OF THE LORD, that HE ACTS. Do a word study on the word SAKE, and you will find it is true. A few examples of this would be I Samuel 23:10; Psalm 23:3; 25:11; 31:3; 79:9; 106:8; Isaiah 43:2; 48:11; and Ezekiel 20:14. In all of these God acts for HIS NAMES SAKE ALONE. It has nothing to do with the value of man. It is only when the SOVEREIGNTY AND THE MAJESTY OF THE LORD IS UNDERSTOOD CAN GRACE HAVE THE IMPACT IT IS SUPPOSED TO HAVE. We have no value before the Lord. NONE, ZERO. Man attempts to bring God down to his level, to deal with Him as an equal, or if higher, only by a small degree. This blindness as to the true nature and position of the Lord negates all fear of the Lord. When fear of the Lord departs, all sorts of perversions enter in to the gospel of salvation. Modern theology has been written in an era of NO FEAR OF GOD, IT IS PRESUMPTUOUS, ARROGANT, IGNORANT, DANGEROUS AND THE HEIGHT OF STUPIDITY. It comers from a blindness of ones true POSITION BEFORE GOD. It ends up in eternal ruin. The entire planet of earth lives because of the grace of God. Every breath you take is because of the grace of God. If God turned His face away, the universe would instantly dissolve. It is sustained and nourished only by the agape love of God, and from that essence flows GRACE. If man has no value, then who does? CHRIST ALONE, GOD ALONE, THE HOLY SPIRIT ALONE. The act of bringing Christ into the world to redeem man was the supreme act of GRACE. It was done simply and only because God AGAPE LOVED US. Grace and agape love cannot be separated, they are essentially different faces of the same essence. Agape love calls for action, for deed, for works that DEMONSTRATE IT. GRACE THEN BECOMES GRACIOUS. Christ coming here and dying is a demonstration of an unfathomable LOVE AND GRACE. IT WAS THE SUPREME ACT OF GRACIOUSNESS. Christ was God. CHRIST LEFT HIS POSITION ON THE THRONE FOR US, NOT FOR OUR VALUE, BUT TO DEMONSTRATE THE VALUE OF HIS LOVE It is then easy for us to say, SEE THE VALUE WE HAVE IN THE EYES OF THE LORD. WE MUST BE OF EXTREME VALUE FOR CHRIST TO HAVE DONE THAT. That is the rational of man, it is not the rational of God. It is not man that has the value, it is the AGAPE LOVE OF GOD, AND THE GRACE OF GOD THAT HAS THE
VALUE. It acted where THERE WAS NO VALUE, NO ABILITY TO REPAY, NO ABILITY TO DO ANYTHING IN RETURN. Only when you begin to grasp this essential fact of grace and agape love can you begin to discern what transpired at the cross of Christ. The so called "Grace explosion" is in accordance to the final apostasy away from the real truth. IT PROVES THAT THE MODERN CHRISTIAN TEACHERS AND PREACHERS DO NOT AT ALL UNDERSTAND GOD, HIS GRACE, OR AGAPE LOVE. They have lost all fear of the Lord, even though they proclaim Him with their lips. It is utter arrogance to "play" with the Word of God as the false prophets play with it. They parade around and pose as the ONLY EXPERTS ON THE WORD, AND HOW THE WORD IS INTERPRETED. Their claim to fame is that they have "degrees" and that they attended divinity schools. THAT MAKES THEM THE EXPERTS. They have studied Greek and they have studied Hebrew. They KNOW and no one else does. The atmosphere within the Protestant denominations is no different than that held by the Roman Catholic hierarchy. It is an ARROGANCE THAT CHRIST HATED AND CONDEMNED. There is ONLY ONE SCHOOL FOR THE TRUE BELIEVER IN CHRIST. It is not seminary. It is not in high church office. It is called THE NARROW WAY. It is called DYING ON THE CROSS WITH CHRIST. It is called the school of death and finding that out of that death, COMES LIFE. We are commanded by Christ to walk the gauntlet of the narrow way. The arrogance of denominational Christianity displays itself because of A REFUSAL TO WALK THE NARROW WAY.. THEY ARROGANTLY PUFF UP AND SAY GOD DOES NOT MEAN WHAT HE SAYS. CHRIST DOES NOT MEAN WHAT HE SAYS. THEY THEN DEVELOP A NEW THEOLOGY TO NEGATE WHAT HE SAID, CLAIMING CHRIST MEANT TO SAY THIS OR THAT. No, they will not do it, but they WILL CLAIM THEIR RIGHTS AS THE CHILDREN OF GOD, AND DEMAND TO BE TREATED AS THE CHILDREN OF GOD. I have personally spoken to pastors who have told me that they came to Christ in 10 minutes, and that they never did EVER walk the NARROW WAY AS DESCRIBED. Rather than FACE THE REALITY OF WHAT THAT MEANS, THEY REFUSE IT, AND GO ON THEIR WAY PROCLAIMING THEMSELVES THAT WHICH THEY ARE NOT. Their behavior gives them away. Their utter lack of understanding of what AGAPE LOVE IS BETRAYS THEM. It is the PERVERSION OF GRACE that lays the groundwork for what Jude speaks of. It is the concept that GRACE GRANTS FREEDOM OR LICENSE. Grace does no such thing. Grace FLOWS FROM AGAPE LOVE, and is limited as we have amply proven, TO THE NARROW WAY. Grace only provided the strait gate and narrow way, as evidenced by the "many" who had a very maligned definition of what true Biblical grace is. They thought that grace was grace, and it was ABSOLUTE. In other words, grace allowed them a freedom. " For by GRACE ARE YE SAVED
THROUGH FAITH AND THAT NOT OF YOURSELVES; IT IS THE GIFT OG GOD; NOT OF WORKS, LEST ANY MAN SHOULD BOAST." Ephesians 2: 8-9
This verse is ripped out of its context by the false prophets who yell and scream that we are saved by grace, and therefore GRACE IS ABSOLUTE. That is not what this verse is saying at all. This verse has to be coupled with all of the others to form the DOCTRINE OF GRACE. We are saved by grace. It was the grace of God that sent Christ into the world. It was the grace of God that brought with Christ the PLAN OF SALVATION, THAT IS THE STRAIT GATE AND THE NARROW WAY. All of it was done under Grace. If there were no Christ, and there were no strait gate or narrow way NO ONE WOULD EVER BE SAVED. Therefore it is a correct statement to say we are SAVED BY GRACE, IF WE ENTER THE STRAIT GATE AND IF WE WALK THE NARROW WAY. GRACE IS CONDITIONAL, IT IS NOT BLANKET, NOR ABSOLUTE. GRACE IS CONDITIONAL UPON OBEDIENCE. It is THE GRACE OF GOD THAT IS THE UNDERPINNING OF THE ENTIRE PLAN OF SALVATION. It is via the grace of God that WE HAVE A PLAN TO BEGIN WITH. We are saved by GRACE. I ask you, HOW DOES THAT NEGATE THE REQUIREMENTS OF OBEDIENCE TO THE STRAIT GATE AND NARROW WAY? IT IS THE GRACE OF GOD THAT COMMANDS WE ENTER IT. IT IS THE GRACE OF CHRIST THAT REQUIRES EXPLICIT OBEDIENCE. The "many" refused to comply, and they found GRACE TURNED TO WRATH. As you see from the graphic, GRACE covers the entire program. Thus it is a true statement that we are SAVED by grace. We are also JUSTIFIED by grace. It is grace that brought the plan, it is faith that walks the plan, and if we walk it we will become JUSTIFIED. Therefore it is a true statement that we are justified by GRACE. But is grace itself SALVATION? Is grace ITSELF justification? NO. Is faith itself SALVATION? Is faith itself UNION WITH CHRIST? NO! Now we move to the next part of the remark Paul makes. We are saved THROUGH FAITH. The word "through" is "dia" and it means CHANNEL OR PASSAGE. Faith is a DYNAMIC, the ACTIVE FORCE, THE AGENT that enables the believer to walk the narrow way. There are, as you recall, TWO TYPES OF FAITH, FAITH IN CHRIST, AND THE FAITH OF CHRIST. We place our faith IN CHRIST for His work on the cross. That is faith IN the HISTORICAL, VISIBLE CHRIST. It is the same type of faith that the Jews placed in their OUTER COURT RELIGIOUS RITUALS. This type of faith has an OBJECT. We simply BELIEVE OR PLACE OUT TRUST IN THAT OBJECT. That is what modern Christianity does. It places all of it's faith IN CHRIST. This theology then turns around and claims that THIS FAITH IN CHRIST IS THE FAITH REQUIRED FOR REGENERATION. It claims that THIS TYPE OF FAITH
IS THE FAITH THAT SAVES. It goes further and claims that the moment a person BELIEVES OR TRUSTS CHRIST, THAT REGENERATION OCCURS. This is the lie of the false prophets. FAITH IN CHRIST IS THE FAITH OF CONVERSION. One would not CONVERT TO CHRIST UNLESS ONE HAD FAITH IN HIM. This type of faith is a DECISION TYPE OF FAITH. We simply decide to place our trust in THE OBJECT OF OUR FAITH. This type of faith is like a faith in YOUR CAR. You must trust your car. It has always run well. You know it is TRUSTWORTHY. THE CAR IS THE OBJECT. You place your trust in a friend, who has always come through for you. THE OBJECT OF YOU FAITH IS YOUR FRIEND. You place your trust in many things in this life. THIS IS ONLY ONE ASPECT OF FAITH. THERE IS ANOTHER ASPECT, FAR MORE IMPORTANT. We have proved via a multitude of Scripture that OBEDIENCE TO THE COMMANDS OF CHRIST, TO "KEEPING HIS SAYINGS" AND DOING THE WILL OF THE FATHER IS WHAT DIVIDES THE REAL BELIEVER FROM THE FALSE BELIEVER. THE FAITH OF CHRIST was an OBEDIENT FAITH, a faith that was obedient, even unto DEATH UPON THE CROSS. THIS TYPE OF FAITH DOES NOT HAVE AN OBJECT.
BUT AN OBJECTIVE, A GOAL.
IT HAS A MEANING, A DESTINATION, A PURPOSE, A DOING, AND AN END RESULT, OR THE OBJECTIVE IS IN MIND. The objective for you and I is to obtain UNION WITH THE LIVING CHRIST, which is wholly different than faith IN Christ. Christ had a VISION. His mission to earth was to SAVE AS MANY AS WOULD COME. His passion was TO ACCOMPLISH THE MISSION. To go 80% or 90% would not do. To go 97% or even 99.99% would not do. The mission was to be fulfilled 100%. THE VISION, THE OBJECTIVE WAS TO ACCOMPLISH REDEMPTION UNDER KINSMAN REDEEMER LAW. A people without a vision PERISH. The Christian is suppose to have a VISION, AN OBJECTIVE; IT IS TO FIND "THE TRUTH" THAT SETS YOU FREE. It is a real and literal UNION with the living Christ. The first type of faith, FAITH IN, is a STATIC FAITH. The second type of faith, which is OBEDIENCE is ACTIVE. A DOING FAITH, A FAITH WITH A WORK, WITH AN OBJECTIVE ALWAYS HELD IN MIND. THERE IS GOING TO BE A FINISH TO THE WORK. The first type of faith is what causes us to undergo a CONVERSION TO CHRIST. That is why CONVERSION is not ever regeneration. The vast majority of Christians rejected by Christ were all CONVERTED. THEY HAD PLACED THEIR FAITH AND THEIR BELIEF IN CHRIST. There is no question about that. Christ did not ever contradict them, or deny them on that basis. It was not the point. FAITH IN CHRIST BY ITSELF DOES NOT SAVE ANYONE, IT IS ONLY THE FIRST STEP IN A PROCESS.
God will acknowledge ANYONE who places their faith IN Christ. The Holy Spirit will BAPTIZE THAT BELIEVER INTO THE BODY OF CHRIST. That believer now enters the SHEEPFOLD. All come in VIA CONVERSION. As you recall, conversion is what Christ called "SOME OTHER WAY". We are now in the Body of Christ. That is wonderful, but now we must face a much more serious issue: ARE WE GOING TO BE OBEDIENT TO CHRIST AND DO AS HE COMMANDED OR NOT? In other words, we BELIEVE IN CHRIST, WE HAVE FAITH IN CHRIST, but is our FAITH STRONG ENOUGH TO BECOME OBEDIENT, and to carry out the objective God and Christ have in mind, which is AGAPE LOVE BESTOWMENT OR REGENERATION? Are we going to STRIVE TO ENTER THE STRAIT GATE OR NOT? Are we going to WALK THE NARROW WAY OR NOT? Are we going to turn our FAITH IN CHRIST into an OBEDIENCE, to reach the OBJECTIVE, THE GOAL, WHICH IS "LIFE"? Now that we have discovered that Christ is indeed the Messiah, are we going to become OBEDIENT to His commands? The vast majority of Christians perish because they were not OBEDIENT. They had the first aspect of faith down cold. They believed, they had faith, BUT NOT ENOUGH TO BECOME OBEDIENT. An example of this would be this: A strange man comes to your door and knocks. You open the door. "Hello", he says, "There is a fire in your house, you have five minutes to get out or you will die in the explosion" You have seen no such fire, nor have you smelled any smoke. You protest. He grows impatient, " Verily, verily, I say unto you, you now have four minutes to leave your house or perish." You protest that you see nothing, hear nothing, smell nothing. He pulls out his badge, and he is the fire Marshall. Because you TRUST AN EXPERT, you now have a choice. YOU CAN BECOME OBEDIENT AND TAKE YOUR FAITH IN THE FIRE MARSHALL, AND CONVERT IT INTO THE FAITH OF THE FIRE MARSHALL. The fire Marshall has an OBJECTIVE. He has a GOAL. His goal is to save your LIFE. His goal is to wake you up TO YOUR DANGER. But can the fire Marshall get into your head and force you to come out? No. He could try to get you out by physical force, but you might resist. You might bop him over the head and then he would perish too. The job of the fire Marshall is to CONVINCE YOU HE IS TELLING THE TRUTH. He does not have a lot of time to accomplish it. Your faith IN the fire Marshall will not save you. You must be CONVINCED to the same point the fire MARSHALL IS convinced, that your house IS INDEED BURNING, AND YOU INDEED ARE GOING TO DIE. When that happens, YOU HAVE THE FAITH OF THE FIRE MARSHALL, AND THE FAITH OF THE MARSHALL INSTILLS IN YOU THE SAME GOAL HE HAS. IT PROPELS YOU TO ACT, TO LEAVE YOUR HOUSE. His objective NOW BECOMES YOUR OBJECTIVE. In other words, you APPROPRIATE FOR YOURSELF, THE SAME CONVICTION THE FIRE MARSHALL HAS, AND YOU LEAVE YOUR HOUSE. Sure enough, two minutes later your house explodes into a million pieces. The faith OF CHRIST is to appropriate the SAME CONVICTION CHRIST HAS OF YOUR DANGER OF BURNING IN THE ETERNAL FIRES OF HELL. IT WAS THIS TRUTH, THIS ABSOLUTE KNOWLEDGE OF HELLFIRE BEING REAL, AND ETERNAL, THAT
BROUGHT HIM HERE. IT WAS WHAT CAUSED HIM TO DO THE WORK, A WORK OF PURE LOVE. Only when your FAITH IN CHRIST IS TURNED INTO THE FAITH OF CHRIST will you pick up your cross and do as He commanded, NOT BECAUSE YOU UNDERSTAND IT, BUT BECAUSE HE TOLD YOU TO DO IT, AND YOU REALLY BELIEVE HIM. People claim they believe all types of things, but in reality they do not. WHAT A PERSON REALLY BELIEVES WILL GOVERN HIS ACTIONS. True faith is not FAITH IN, BUT INSTEAD A COMBINATION OF FAITH IN AND FAITH OF. Modern Christian theology places all emphasis on the Faith in Christ, and denies utterly the requirement of having the FAITH OF CHRIST. Now we get back to our verse study. It says that WE ARE SAVED BY GRACE "THROUGH" FAITH. The channel. the passage, the MODUS OPERANDI, THE DYNAMIC, THE FORCE that will PROPEL YOU TO BECOME OBEDIENT IS THE FAITH OF CHRIST. You first of all DISCOVER CHRIST THE MESSIAH. Secondly, YOU DEVELOP ENOUGH CONVICTION OR FAITH THAT HE WAS CORRECT THAT YOU ACTUALLY DO WHAT HE COMMANDS. True Biblical faith is BOTH TYPES OF FAITH COMBINED. They forge together, they unite, they work as one to enable you to OVERCOME. You will not move until and unless YOU STIR YOURSELF UP TO ACTUALLY DO AS COMMANDED. This is the faith that saves. No other type of faith will save you. We will examine this more in the next report, which deals in FAITH. So we are saved BY THE GRACE OF GOD, WHO BROUGHT JESUS CHRIST INTO THE WORLD. Jesus brought with Him SPECIFIC COMMANDS. His very specific command was that WE STRIVE TO ENTER THE STRAIT GATE AND WALK THE NARROW WAY. His specific command was that we are to BEG, CRAVE, STRIVE, LABOR, GIVE DILIGENCE, SEEK AND SEARCH UNTIL WE FIND THE TRUTH. Now then, we can either START DOING THAT, WHICH IS THE FAITH OF CHRIST IN ACTION, or we can sit back and say, "Jesus did not mean that" and we will PERISH FOREVER. The choice is yours. You have a free will and Christ expects you to use it. Your choice determines your eternal destination. Both grace and faith are a gift from God . Every person born into the human race has FAITH. The question is, WILL THEY EXERCISE IT ENOUGH TO BECOME OBEDIENT UNTO THE COMMANDS OF CHRIST? The vast majority of Christians only exercise enough faith to place a TRUST IN CHRIST, but never enough to BECOME OBEDIENT. Because they are not obedient they never actually even come close to entering the New Covenant. They die in their trespasses and sins. The entry stood before them, but they refused it. The false prophets told them that FAITH IN CHRIST ALONE WAS ALL THEY NEEDED. The next thing that Paul says is that GRACE AND FAITH OPPOSE WORKS. When you read works in the Scripture, it is ANY TYPE OF WORK THAT ATTEMPTS TO "JUSTIFY" ONES POSITION BEFORE GOD. Paul refers to them as WORKS OF THE LAW, OR WORKS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS. For example, in Ephesians Chapter Two,
immediately after saying we are saved by grace and faith, and NOT OF WORKS, he mentions circumcision (vs. 11), ordinances (vs 15) and clearly is referring to LAW KEEPING. The same is true in Romans 9:32; 11:6; Galatians 2:16; 3:2,5,10; Ephesians 2:9; 5:11; II Timothy 1:9; Titus 3:5; Hebrews 4:10; 6:1 and 9:14. There are many other references to these types of works. You have to understand the context in which all of this takes place. The early church was born out of the Jewish faith. It was a "works" oriented religion. It was based upon law keeping. All the religions in the world are religions of legalism or some form of law keeping, or doing good works, thinking right thoughts , etc. By doing these things , we become GOOD PEOPLE. By doing these things, we prove how righteous we are. We know by nature that good is preferred over evil. We know that right is better than wrong. Thus the human race assumes that if we stay on the GOOD AND LOVE AND RIGHT SIDE OF THE RELATIVE RIGHTEOUSNESS SCALE, WE WILL BE APPROVED OF GOD AND HE WILL LET US ENTER HEAVEN. All of these attempts are based upon WORKS. This is what works are. Paul is referring to these attempts to please God or to find acceptance as works. In his day it was law keeping. Jewish rules, regulations, ordinances. They are of no effect. They are in fact worthless. The false prophets within Christianity then attempt to make ANY FORM OF WORKS OF WHATEVER KIND, INCLUDING MENTAL SEARCHING A WORK. They oppose the concept of strive, labor, seeking, searching by advancing a false concept of GRACE AND FAITH. The false prophets attempt to brand the NARROW WAY AS A FORM OF WORKS. It is not. It is the exact opposite of works. The narrow way is in no way an attempt to JUSTIFY OURSELVES BEFORE GOD. IT IS THE METHOD GOD USES TO EXPOSE OUR INNER NATURE, OUR INNER ANTICHRIST SPIRIT TO US. It is the way of UNMASKING THE EVIL WITHIN. It is in short, THE ONLY WAY WE HAVE TO AGREE WITH GOD. The narrow way SHOWS US, REVEALS TO US WHO WE REALLY ARE DEEP WITHIN. By this method God can then gain THE AGREEMENT OF THE INNER HEART THAT IT IS LOST, DESTITUTE, DEAD IN SINS. Only by agreement, CAN TWO WALK TOGETHER. You see, the problem is the INNER HEART, THE CORE BEING OF YOU AND I. Christ cannot gain entrance to the THRONE ROOM OF THE GREAT "I AM", until and unless THERE IS AN AGREEMENT BY THE INNER HEART. In Revelation 3:20 Christ stands at the door and knocks. But it is YOU that must open the door. Christ will not smash down the door. HE MUST GAIN ADMISSION BY YOUR FREE WILL. YOU MUST COME INTO AGREEMENT WITH GOD. THERE IS A REAL PROBLEM, A REAL LOSS, A REAL DESTITUTION DEEP WITHIN. Works, on the other hand, always attempt to JUSTIFY that soul's value before God. It attempts to place a VALUE ON THE WORKS PERFORMED. Thus, it places GOD IN DEBT. GOD WILL SAVE ME BECAUSE HE OWES ME IS THE COMMON REASONING OF MAN. If this were true, then we would not NEED GRACE. Grace is
REQUIRED because man HAS NO VALUE, AND THEREFORE HIS WORKS HAVE NO VALUE WHATSOEVER. Because man is of no value, and his works are of no value, then GRACE IS REQUIRED TO SAVE MAN. GRACE COMES FROM GOD. Man has essentially reversed it, and now offers GRACE TO GOD. He who sits in the heavens shall laugh, and vex them in His sore displeasure. Mankind refuses the grace and the offense of the cross because IT IS OF PURE GRACE. That offends mankind, because PURE GRACE PROVES THE WORTHLESSNESS OF MAN, IT NEGATES ALL ATTEMPTS BY MAN TO JUSTIFY HIMSELF BEFORE GOD. GRACE UTTERLY DESTROYS ALL WORLD RELIGIONS. Because man will not face the REPROOF OF WHAT PURE GRACE MEANS, they deny, BOTH CHRIST AND GOD. This is why all religions, including modern Christianity are WORK RELIGIONS. As long as man can cling to any form of JUSTIFICATION WHATSOEVER, he can retain PRIDE. He can hold his head up. Grace denies ALL WORKS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS. They are forever and totally EXCLUDED, either we have GRACE AND NO MORE WORKS, OR WE HAVE WORKS AND NO MORE GRACE.
"Even so then at this present time also THERE IS A REMNANT ACCORDING TO THE ELECTION BY GRACE And IF BY GRACE, THEN IT IS NO MORE OF WORKS: OTHERWISE GRACE IS NO MORE GRACE. BUT IF IT BE OF WORKS, THEN IT IS NO MORE GRACE; OTHERWISE WORK IS NO MORE WORK." Romans 11:5-6
There is a REMNANT (THE FEW) that are saved by the ELECTION OF GRACE. By sending Christ into the world, THE VERY ACT ITSELF PREDESTINATES SOME TO ETERNAL RUIN AND SOME TO ETERNAL LIFE. It is the act itself that predestinates, not God choosing on an individual basis each fate. By sending Christ into the world, HE FORCES ALL MEN EVERYWHERE TO MAKE A CHOICE: YEA OR NAY. It is this CHOICE BEFORE THEM THAT PREDESTINATES THEM. God for knows ALL who will CHOOSE YEA, AND OBEY, as well as all those who will REFUSE IT. It is the free will of man that PREDESTINATES THEM TO HELL OR HEAVEN. The doctrine of FIVE POINT CALVINISM is foolishness. Man may hate God, but man can STILL EXERCISE HIS WILL AND BECOME OBEDIENT. He can MAKE A CHOICE TO OBEY REGARDLESS OF HIS FEELINGS. It might surprise you to know that God counts OBEDIENCE TO HIS COMMANDS as TRUE FAITH. God does not say that HE WILL STIR UP man to lay hold of Him. Hundreds of verses of
Scripture prove it is UP TO YOU TO STIR YOURSELF UP . Once accomplished, REVIVAL BEGINS, and then God uses YOUR WILL, AND HIS POWER TO DRAG YOU TO CHRIST. That is why all the warnings NOT TO TURN BACK, BUT TO GO ON, TO CONTINUE. It is UP TO YOU TO CONTINUE. There is a concept within the faith that says that GOD ALONE does it all, and that all we need to do is "wait" for God to tell us what to do. We must look at that one closely. If that was indeed the truth, then we can prove that GOD DID NOT MOVE THE VAST MAJORITY OF HIS OWN PEOPLE TO SALVATION. If God does it all, and God puts all of this hunger and thirst within the human soul, and HE MOVES THEM THROUGH BY HIMSELF and they have essentially NO PART OR NO DECISION IN IT, then God DAMNED MILLIONS OF PEOPLE. He did so deliberately, because HE DID NOT PUT IT IN THEIR HEART TO RESPOND. If God does all of it, the many were damned before they were born, NOT BY ANY CHOICE OF THEIR OWN, BUT BY GOD HIMSELF, and God supernaturally blinded them to truth. That really casts a grave shadow over the integrity of God, His own Word. What kind of God would do that? God gave you HIS WORD. He said it was NOT HIS WILL THAT ANY PERISH. If it is not His will that any perish, THEN HE WOULD HAVE TO SUPERNATURALLY PLANT WITHIN THE HUMAN HEART SUCH A DESIRE THAT THEY COULD NOT RESIST THE SPIRIT. But He does not do that. He told you to STIR YOURSELF UP. He told you that IF YOU STIR YOURSELF UP, AND KEEP YOURSELF STIRRED UP, THAT HE WOULD DO HIS PART. The narrow way is briefly comprehended as this: YOU STIR YOURSELF UP TO the point of striving, seeking, knocking, laboring and searching for God with ALL OF YOUR HEART, SOUL, MIND AND STRENGTH. That is the command of Christ. You cannot take these verses and say that God does it all. YOU ARE TO DO IT, THAT IS THE COMMAND. Now either you will be OBEDIENT AND DO IT, or you will be disobedient and "wait on God" to tell you to do it. Why would God tell you to do something via a supernatural method when you have REJECTED HIS PLAIN PRINTED COMMAND THAT ANYONE CAN READ? You are already in rebellion. The command was there. The Bible was there. You elected NOT TO READ IT, NOT TO HEED IT. That was your free will choice. It you stand before Christ rejected, it is not His fault, nor God's fault. IT IS YOUR FAULT. This must be true because the New Covenant is open TO ANY HUMAN SOUL WHO WILL CHOOSE TO RESPOND TO THE COMMANDS OF CHRIST. That is a FREE WILL CHOICE THAT YOU CAN MAKE. God does not care one witt if you hate Him, if you despise Him, or if you cannot stand the thought of Him. You CAN STILL CHOOSE TO OBEY. You CAN STILL MAKE A CHOICE EVEN AGAINST YOUR OWN FEELINGS. Many people CHOOSE TO PAY THEIR TAXES. They hate the IRS with a bitter passion. Many of them would kill an IRS agent if there were no law stopping them from doing it. IT IS THEIR CHOICE TO OBEY THE LAW OF THE LAND. The IRS could care less if you think they are a bunch of criminals, commie rats, or whatever insult you wish to hurl their way. THEY ONLY CARE ABOUT ONE THING; THAT YOU CHOOSE TO COMPLY WITH THE LAW. It does not matter if you think the
law is UNJUST. It does not matter if you think the law does not have any legal STANDING. It does not matter what you think, feel or scream about the INCOME TAX. Likewise God does not care if you think the STRAIT GATE is unfair. He does not care if you think the NARROW WAY is something you would not enjoy. He does not seek your agreement to any of it. HE SEEKS ONLY YOUR COMPLIANCE TO THE DEMANDS. You can choose compliance. You can hate every step of the way of the way and STILL COMPLY. It is OBEDIENCE THAT BRINGS SALVATION It is not based upon feelings or emotions. It is not based on works. It is based upon one thing:COMPLIANCE. It is open to all man. Man can respond or not. If he does not, IS IT GOD'S FAULT? Does this negate the ABILITY OF GOD TO CALL ON A SUPERNATURAL BASIS? No, not at all. It is open to EVERYONE WHO WILL STIR THEMSELVES UP, but God does have the right to SUPERNATURALLY CALL ANYONE HE CHOOSES. Paul is a good example of a SUPERNATURAL CALL TO CHRIST. Paul had some talents that God needed. It is like the military. The officer says, " I need some volunteers, YOU. YOU AND YOU." You cannot NEGATE the ability of God to call anyone, for HE most certainly can and does. FOR HIS OWN SAKE, FOR HIS OWN NAME, FOR HIS OWN PLAN. That does not NEGATE THE OFFER TO ALL OTHERS. The offer is there in front of you. TO WAIT FOR THE CALL OF GOD VIA A SUPERNATURAL METHOD IS TO INVITE CERTAIN DESTRUCTION. The many are a good example of that. THE CALL OF GOD IS NOT A "WORK." OBEDIENCE IS NOT A "WORK". The STRAIT GATE IS NOT A "WORK". THE NARROW WAY IS NOT A "WORK". Grace does not nullify OBEDIENCE that Christ or God commands. The very concept of GRACE DEMANDS IT. It is the only way you can avail yourself OF THE GRACE OF GOD. It is not a work of any kind to walk the narrow way. Paul is here contrasting WORKS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS OR LAW KEEPING with the principle of grace. Again we find MERIT VS. NO MERIT. All works of the law, all forms of law keeping or good works, all forms of righteousness are automatically EXCLUDED by GRACE. They are diametric opposites, utterly opposed. We either remain under the law, and take our chances before God based upon our works, or we GO UNDER GRACE AND THE FAITH OF CHRIST TO WALK THE NARROW WAY TO LIFE. You cannot have it both ways. GRACE BESTOWS THE PLAN, AND TRUE FAITH ALLOWS US TO WALK THE PLAN BESTOWED It is that simple. The false prophets EXTEND GRACE TO INCLUDE ALL WORKS OF WHATEVER KIND, INCLUDING MENTAL WORKS, SUCH AS SEARCHING FOR TRUTH. In other words grace, in their definition, FORBIDS ANY EFFORT, PHYSICAL OR MENTAL ON THE PART OF MAN. That is a lie right out of hell itself. If we examine the term "works" and how Paul uses it, IN EACH AND EVERY CASE HE IS REFERRING TO LAW KEEPING, TO WORKS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS. It is true in all context that the words are used. The false prophets left out the word "WORKS" AND
TWIST THE MEANING TO MEAN THAT THERE IS NO HUMAN EFFORT WHATEVER, THAT GOD DOES IT ALL. In other words, HUMANS CAN DO NOTHING WHATEVER. NOTHING. NO WORKS, MENTAL OR OTHERWISE THAT SAVES HIM. That is an outrageous perversion of Scripture. It is to stand in UTTER CONTRADICTION AND DENIAL OF CHRIST. The labor, striving, seeking, asking, knocking, searching with the objective of being an OVERCOMING VICTOR are a LABOR OF FINDING TRUTH, OF UNCOVERING THE DECEPTIONS OF SATAN, OF UNMASKING THE EVIL WITHIN THE HIDDEN INNER HEART. It is to UNMASK AND TO REVEAL THE ANTICHRIST SITTING IN THE TEMPLE OF GOD, SHOWING HIMSELF THAT HE IS GOD. Jesus Christ terms that LABOR , STRIVING, SEEKING. All the writers of the New Testament AGREE. The term OVERCOMER is consistent that there is a FIERCE BATTLE, A STRIVING, A LABOR, A FIGHT. If we include that as a "work" by extending the word "works" to include that which it does not include at all, THEN WE HAVE DENIED CHRIST, WE HAVE DENIED THE NARROW WAY, AND WE HAVE FORFEITED HEAVEN. We will see the wrath of God and the fires of eternal ruin. There is no way that the term works INCLUDES what Christ refers to as STRIVE, LABOR SEEK, KNOCK, ASK, GIVE DILIGENCE. Works in all cases ALWAYS AND FOREVER IS LIMITED TO THOSE EFFORTS IN WHICH WE ATTEMPT TO JUSTIFY OUR POSITION BEFORE GOD. You cannot justify yourself before God. It is not possible., proven by the GRACE OF GOD, which brought Christ into the world. You see, if we could justify ourselves before God, Christ need not to have died. His death would have been in vain. No matter how much you pray, no matter how much you tithe, no matter how good your works, THEY ARE VANITY, OF NO VALUE. Entrance to heaven is not based upon that system. It is based upon a whole new concept; A GRACE THAT BESTOWS A PLAN, AND A FAITH THAT ALLOWS US TO WALK THE PLAN. Refuse either one, and you perish. Grace works only under the concept of FAITH. The doing of FAITH IS FIRST A SEEKING, KNOCKING, STRIVING UNTIL THE TRUTH OF AGAPE LOVE IS DISCOVERED. This is the MYSTERY OF CHRIST. Once the mystery of Christ is unlocked, and the soul becomes in truth regenerated, a NEW OBJECTIVE comes into being: TO BE PURGED AND TO BE MADE A PURE SON OF GOD. Modern Christian denominations are in fact under rank legalism, although they are unaware of that fact. They would claim adamantly they are under FAITH AND GRACE. By putting all of their FAITH AND BELIEF IN CHRIST, and by DENYING THE FAITH OF CHRIST, they are LEGALISTS, for they deny the narrow way, which is the only way OUT OF LEGALISM. All of their works are done in PHILEO LOVE, NATURAL LOVE, because they refuse to enter as Christ commanded to OBTAIN AGAPE LOVE. Remember Peter? Peter was a legalist. He was not guilty of Judaistic legalism, but of another form. The issue between man and God is this AGAPE LOVE ISSUE. If you do
not lay hold of agape love, ALL YOUR WORKS MUST BE DONE IN PHILEO, WHICH IS A "WORK". This is so because God only keeps TWO SETS OF BOOKS: The AGAPE LOVE BOOK OF LIFE, and the BOOK OF WORKS FOR ALL OTHERS. All good deeds done by UNREGENERATE MAN are done under his own natural love. He has no choice, for that is WHO HE IS BY NATURE. He is trapped by his nature into the RELATIVE RIGHTEOUSNESS SCALE. He cannot get out of it. All his works, no matter how good, no matter how sincere, FOREVER REMAIN UNDER THE RELATIVE RIGHTEOUSNESS SCALE, WHICH IS A "WORKS" SCALE, FOR GOD HAS NO OTHER BOOKS FOR IT. The command of God was to AGAPE LOVE THY NEIGHBOR. You cannot AGAPE LOVE until you have walked the narrow way to death. Out of your death comes AGAPE LOVE, OR LIFE. In other words, God, via the supernatural act of regeneration, TRANSFERS YOU OUT OF THE WORKS SCALE OF RELATIVE RIGHTEOUSNESS (NATURAL LOVE) OVER TO HIS SCALE OF ABSOLUTE RIGHTEOUSNESS IN CHRIST JESUS. When agape love is bestowed, WHICH IS THE ROBE OF CHRIST, YOU ARE PROTECTED BY THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF CHRIST. Man never has any righteousness himself, either before or after regeneration. THAT IS WHAT GRACE IS FOR, THAT IS WHAT GRACE IS ABOUT. It is the GRACE OF GOD THAT ALLOWS ONE TO BE TRANSFERRED FROM THE RELATIVE SCALE TO THE ABSOLUTE SCALE OF GOD'S RIGHTEOUSNESS IN CHRIST. The unregenerate, when they die, have all of their DEEDS OR "WORKS" JUDGED AGAINST THE AGAPE LOVE STANDARD. They all fail, they all perish. That was the point that Christ was making to Peter. It was not that Peter did not love Christ, it was that the love was not the RIGHT TYPE OF LOVE, IT WAS A RELATIVE RIGHTEOUSNESS TYPE OF LOVE. Had Peter continued with his love theology equating phileo love released as the agape love of God, Peter would have died UNREGENERATE, AND HIS DEEDS WOULD HAVE BEEN CLASSIFIED AS A FORM OF "WORKS". Thus the vast majority of Christians are ABSOLUTE PHILEO LOVE LEGALISTS THE ENTIRE TIME THEY SCREAM THEY ARE UNDER FAITH AND GRACE. They did not realize what faith or grace meant, or how they worked. They ed them both. It cost them eternity. It becomes obvious that grace is not freedom or license. It is instead a gift from God which allows us the RIGHT to enter The New Covenant via Jesus Christ. To expand grace to EXCLUDE THE NARROW WAY because it is a work is to SPIT UPON THE GIFT OF GRACE. If grace brought us the narrow way, which it did, then if we refuse it, WE HAVE DENIED GOD'S GRACE. If we deny it, then we reject it, and we will not be under it at the judgment. Grace has been offered via THE WAY. The grace of God was offered IN VAIN TO THE VAST MAJORITY OF MAN, AND ALSO TO THE VAST MAJORITY OF CHRISTIANS. They refused to comply WITH THE CONDITIONS OF GRACE. " We then, as WORKERS TOGETHER WITH HIM,
BESEECH YOU ALSO THAT YOU RECEIVE NOT THE GRACE OF GOD IN VAIN." II Corinthians 6:1
The grace of God was given in vain to the many rejected. Paul says that he "beseeches" them to NOT ALLOW THAT TO HAPPEN. The word "beseech" is "parakaleo" and it means TO INVOKE, EXHORT, TO ENTREAT It connotes GREAT URGENCY, GREAT NEED. Why all the fuss if grace is so absolute and forgiving of everything as modern theology claims? Do not these two concepts appear to be opposites? Either Paul is right, and the vast majority of Christians never avail themselves of the grace of God, or modern theology is right. The word "vain" here is "kenos" which means IN VAIN, OF NO EFFECT, EMPTY. God granted mankind the VERY PRECIOUS PRIVILEGE OF ENTERING THE STRAIT GATE AND WALKING THE NARROW WAY. It was refused. The grace of God was for them, VAIN. " I DO NOT FRUSTRATE THE GRACE OF GOD: for if RIGHTEOUSNESS COME BY THE LAW, THEN CHRIST DIED IN VAIN" Galatians 2: 21
The word "frustrate" is "atheteo" which means TO SET ASIDE, NEUTRALIZE, VIOLATE, CAST OFF, BRING TO NAUGHT OR REJECT. Paul is saying THE WORKS OF THE LAW, OR WORKS OF LAW KEEPING OR RIGHTEOUSNESS frustrate grace. They set grace aside. The narrow way is NOT LAW KEEPING, IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH GOOD WORKS. It has to do with SEARCHING WITH ALL YOUR MIND, HEART, SOUL AND STRENGTH, until YOU FIND OUT THE REAL TRUTH. The modern Christian is involved in WORKS, and thinks by doing all of this so called "Christian" activity, they ARE being obedient to Christ. They are in fact in rebellion. because their works are done under the relative righteousness of phileo love. The narrow way is often described as such by the more fundamentalist denomination as the WAY OF HOLINESS. In other words, it is a way in which we are to act a certain way, dress a certain way, think a certain way, and do certain things. All of these are law keeping, simply disguised as the Holiness walk or it is included under the doctrine of separation. The narrow way is the very reverse of what is now described as the Holiness Walk. God is not interested in your so called righteousness, or your good deeds. He has
one interest at this point: LAY THE AXE TO THE ROOT. If He is to cut out the root, He will use a very sharp two edged sword to accomplish it. He will cut away all of the lies, all of the deceptions, all of the BARRIERS we have erected AGAINST HIM AND THE REAL TRUTH, AND HE WILL GUT US OUT, LAY US BARE. The antichrist "I AM" that sits upon your throne in your Holy of Holies is going to BE REVEALED FOR WHO AND WHAT IT IS. The destitution of that spirit is going to be made veery clear. The deadness of the spirit without agape love is going to be made MANIFEST. The narrow way is then a WAY OF DISCOVERY, A WAY OF FINDING OUT WHO WE REALLY ARE, DEEP WITHIN. It is ugly, it is nasty, it is negative. That is why the sword of God has two edges. One is negative and it cuts, rips, tears, destroys. The other side is positive, and it heals. THE NEGATIVE ALWAYS COMES BEFORE THE POSITIVE. If you have a bad heart, the heart surgeon MUST go in and cut away that which is dead, that which is useless. He will then heal after he has cut. Likewise for God to take your bad and rotten heart, cut it out of you, expose it to you, and then give you another one, a better one, BASES UPON A NEW PRINCIPLE. I ask you, where is any holiness here? There is none. GRACE BESTOWS, FAITH WALKS THE WALK, AND UGLINESS IS REVEALED. Such is the death that brings life. Will you do it? Will you avail yourself of the REAL GRACE OF GOD? Do it and live, refuse it and die. The choice is yours. "Not by WORKS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS WHICH WE HAVE DONE BUT ACCORDING TO HIS MERCY(GRACE) HE SAVED US, BY THE WASHING OF REGENERATION, AND RENEWING OF THE HOLY GHOST." Titus 3:5
How is one saved? Is it FAITH ITSELF? Is it GRACE ITSELF? Is it mercy itself? No, all of these play a part, but the ACTUAL SALVATION ITSELF IS VIA THE WASHING OF REGENERATION. As water is a code word for agape love, it is via the WASHING IN AGAPE LOVE THAT REGENERATES US. It is not of any works of righteousness, because our works of righteousness are always RELATIVE. WE NEED THE ABSOLUTE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF AGAPE LOVE TO BE GRANTED TO US. It is done because of GRACE, WHICH IS MERCY. SUMMERY CONCLUSIONS The narrow then is the following: 1. It is the way of the GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGMENT.
2. It is the way of being judged by the AGAPE LOVE STANDARD OF GOD. 3. It is the way of being judged of SIN, RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND JUDGMENT. 4. It is the way God judges the INNER CORE HEART OF MAN, THE HIDDEN MAN. THE SECRET MAN, THE DEEP INVISIBLE MAN. THE GREAT "I AM". 5. It is the way of REPENTANCE, NOT OF SINS (PLURAL) BUT OF ONE SIN (SINGULAR) THE SIN OF CONDITIONAL PHILEO LOVE. 6. It is the way of TRUE RECONCILIATION. Except two be agreed, they cannot walk together. 7. It is the way to true spiritual wisdom, the wisdom of agape love. 8. It is the way of true knowledge, the knowing of agape love. 9. It is the way of TRUE humbleness in the sight of God. 10. It is the way of humiliation, of being brought down before agape love. 11. It is the way of the cross, of dying a true death, a supernatural soul death while you are alive and walking around. 12. It is the way of revelation of the antichrist within. 13. It is the way of revelation of complete rebellion in the inner heart. 14. It is the way of death that we might find life. 15. It is the only way to find TRUE UNION WITH THE LIVING CHRIST. 16. It is the only way into the New Covenant. 17. It is the only way offered BY GRACE. 18. It is the only way offered by MERCY. 19. It is the only way offered by COMPASSION. Here is what the narrow way IS NOT: 1. It is NOT a way of "works". 2. It is NOT a way of "legalism". 3. It is NOT a way of "righteous deeds" 4. It is NOT a HOLINESS WALK. We will now examine FAITH. We are in for some rude shocks. It is not what you think it is. So you think you know Jesus? Does HE KNOW YOU? The type of faith you have DETERMINES IF YOU WILL LIVE OR DIE FOREVER. The type of faith you have determines if Jesus knows you or not.
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