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A Lesson in Salvation

  Justification and Sanctification are two things that are often confused in modern Christendom. Some see Justification as the first step in Sanctification; some see only the need for Justification; while completely different people see Sanctification being just as important to Salvation as Justification. My goal is to examine what Justification and Sanctification are, both to Salvation, and to us as everyday Christians. Let us start with definitions.

  First, Justification is an explanation that defends a specific action.

Truth

   The resurrection of the saints, and the great transformation of those alive when Christ returns, has always been the pinnacle of Christianity.   The Second Advent (when the first resurrection takes place) has even been called the “blessed hope” in scripture  (Titus 2:13).  Christ, when speaking to the Jews about his origin, told the people four different times in John chapter six, “I will raise him up at the last day,” (verses 39b, 40b, 44b, and 54b), thus showing when the first resurrection would take place.

Desire The Truth

    I know that there will always be some areas of disagreement when it comes to interpreting the Bible. Yet today, I find myself standing further and further away from the teachings of the modern church. I have always been the type of person that needs to know all that can be known about a subject of interest, especially when it comes to Bible truth. My withdraw from what is presented as church doctrine should not be taken as departing from the faith, no; I believe the present church has separated from the true teaching of the Bible.

This Is The Law of God

Part 1

In Exodus 20:1-17 we find the Law of God, also known as the 10 Commandments. Often times we structure these commandments into easy to remember phrases so that we can memorize them. I do not believe there is anything wrong with this as we are supposed to study this law and keep it in our minds. Often times it looks like this:
 
               
I.            You will not have other gods before God    

Following The Law of The Spirit

Deuteronomy 31:24-26, NIV, “After Moses finished writing in a book the words of this law from beginning to end, he gave this command to the Levites who carried the ark of the covenant of the LORD: Take this Book of the Law and place it beside the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God.  There it will remain as a witness against you.”

   We live in an age where many in the Church dismiss any type of law.  Professor John Murray had this to say about the commandments of God: 

The Falling Away

 There are many disturbing doctrines being taught in churches today. Here is a couple:

 Universalism: a doctrine that says all beings, regardless of their religious affiliation or creed (even lack thereof) will ultimately make it into God’s Kingdom. This is reflected in the saying, all roads lead to heaven.

 The Prosperity Doctrine: This states that if you live a good and dedicated life to God you will be rewarded with physical things because God wants you to be happy.

 These doctrines are very dangerous because they twist the inspired Word of God and apply the worldly desires of people.

Identifying With Christ

 Today many Christians celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Without examining the pagan connection of “Easter,” I would like to suggest that our celebration of the resurrected Christ should connect on a more personal level.    The Apostle Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, instructed the Church in a more complete understanding of the doctrine of the resurrection.  Writing to the Church at Corinth Paul informed the believer that, “…as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:22).
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