More Than Forgiven!

A Study Of
The Eight Major Doctrines Which Define New Testament Salvation

By
Timothy S. Morton 


   

Introduction

The following is a set of eight outlines intended to help a born again Christian better understand his salvation. Many Christians neglect to study the doctrines that define New Testament salvation and miss the rich blessings that understanding them brings. Salvation has many different aspects; no single term or principle can adequately define it. To show believers the extent of what they have in Christ, the Holy Spirit put no less than eight separate doctrines in the Bible to explain New Testament salvation. Each one describes it from a slightly different perspective. A good understanding of these doctrines is essential for a Christian to become mature in the faith and truly appreciate what God has done for him. Every Christian should be fully acquainted with the terms justification, sanctification, regeneration, etc., yet many have only a shallow knowledge of these doctrines if any knowledge of them at all. However, if the believer will study the scriptures as the Lord commands him to (2 Timothy 2:152 Timothy 2:15 - Authorized King James Bible  15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com), the Holy Spirit will reveal these truths to him (John 14:26John 14:26 - Authorized King James Bible  26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com). He will then have a greater confidence in the permanence of his salvation and also be better equipped to serve his Savior.

Furthermore, the primary reason God has given man the Bible was so he could learn doctrine (2 Timothy 3:162 Timothy 3:16 - Authorized King James Bible  16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com). God wants the sinner to learn that without Christ he is lost and headed for Hell, and He wants the Christian to learn what happened to him when he received Christ. Apart from the scriptures no one could know either. In several places in the Bible the Holy Spirit pleads with believers to not be ignorant of doctrine (Romans 11:25Romans 11:25 - Authorized King James Bible  25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; 1 Corinthians 12:11 Corinthians 12:1 - Authorized King James Bible  1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; etc.), and the doctrines that are the most profitable for any believer to learn are these eight on salvation. Once they are mastered, the saint will be better prepared to understand some others that are more difficult.

The reader is to study all the references given below in his Bible. He is NOT to use these outlines by themselves as a substitute for this study. They are intended only to aid him in finding out what the Bible says about the subject of salvation. The Bible alone (KJV) should be the Christian's final authority for this matter (and every other matter), so a believer should never let any other reading material, Christian or otherwise, stand between him and his personal study of it. Personal study is the only way he can know for certain what the Bible says and determine if any teaching or doctrine he may be confronted with is scriptural. Many believers because of failure to do this are confused about many aspects of Christianity and often fall away from the truth. Every Christian should have the same attitude towards the Bible as the "Bereans," who after hearing the apostle Paul's words, "...searched the scriptures daily whether those things were so" (Acts 17:11-12Acts 17:11-12 - Authorized King James Bible  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.
  12 Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
). Since the Holy Spirit commended these people for checking the words of an apostle against the Bible, how much more should believers today check everything they read and hear with the Scriptures also?

The reader will find that the names of these eight doctrines are not terms Christians generally use to describe salvation. They usually describe what God has done for them by saying their sins have been forgiven, remitted, or pardoned. Though all three of these words can be found in the Bible in some form, they are not words the Holy Spirit places emphasis on. The above words are not even mentioned in the books of John, Romans, and Galatians (except "forgiven" quoted in Romans 4:7Romans 4:7 - Authorized King James Bible  7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com), and these are the books which tell us the most about salvation. Of course, salvation includes forgiveness and remission of sins, but it goes much beyond the meanings of these terms. It contains eternal life, a standing of righteousness, perfect holiness, a new birth, a new nature, and a host of other virtues, all purchased by the death and shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. All who personally receive Christ are freely given these blessings, and it is only fitting that each believer have a good understanding of what they are.

Also, dear believer, please understand that these doctrines speak of blessings and virtues you possess NOW. They do not refer to something the Lord will give you in the future, or to rewards you earn by obedience; they became fully effective in you the moment you received Jesus Christ. It is your UNION with Christ that makes them your own. Dear saint, please do not cheat yourself by neglecting these precious doctrines. God has rich blessings for those who invest in the study of them. The time it will take you to "search the scriptures" and learn them will be nothing compared to the rich dividends you will reap for the rest of your life!

Again, Christian, KNOW these doctrines. Meditate on them until they become familiar friends (1 Timothy 4:151 Timothy 4:15 - Authorized King James Bible  15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com); study them so you can give a good answer to a skeptic (1 Peter 3:151 Peter 3:15 - Authorized King James Bible  15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com); memorize them so you can help others understand (Psalm 119:11Psalm 119:11 - Authorized King James Bible  11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com); and rely on their truths so you can have the "...peace of God, which passeth all understanding..." (Philippians 4:7Philippians 4:7 - Authorized King James Bible  7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com). Once you really grasp what God has given you, and realize what all salvation contains, NO ONE will be able to talk you out of your security in Jesus Christ. No matter how many "good words and fair speeches..." (Romans 16:18Romans 16:18 - Authorized King James Bible  18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com) someone may use to try to convince you otherwise, you will KNOW that you have "...passed from death unto life" (John 5:24John 5:24 - Authorized King James Bible  24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com) and will dwell with your Savior for ETERNITY!

"Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift" (2 Corinthians 9:152 Corinthians 9:15 - Authorized King James Bible  15 Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com) and let all praise, honor, and glory go to God the Father, and His Son, the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

I. REGENERATION

Regeneration means to be given or imparted life. Concerning the Christian it refers to the life and nature he receives when he is born again and made a new creature in the Lord Jesus Christ.

The word regeneration is found only two times in the Bible. First, in Matthew 19:28Matthew 19:28 - Authorized King James Bible  28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com, where it speaks not of the new birth of the Christian but of the restoration of the earth at the second coming of Christ. It is mentioned the second time in Titus 3:5Titus 3:5 - Authorized King James Bible  5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com where one finds the actual renewing and rebirth of the believer mentioned.

A. The Need For Regeneration

1. Since the fall of Adam in the garden of Eden (Genesis Ch. 2-3), every person (except Jesus Christ) has been born spiritually dead in trespasses and sins (Romans 5:12-14Romans 5:12-14 - Authorized King James Bible  12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
  13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.
  14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
; 1 Corinthians 15:21-221 Corinthians 15:21-22 - Authorized King James Bible  21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
  22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
; 2 Corinthians 5:14-152 Corinthians 5:14-15 - Authorized King James Bible  14 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:
  15 And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
; Ephesians 2:1-7Ephesians 2:1-7 - Authorized King James Bible  1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
  2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
  3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
  4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
  5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)...(cont.)PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
). To correct this every individual must be born a second time unto righteousness and life (John 3:5-6John 3:5-6 - Authorized King James Bible  5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
  6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
).

2. Also, every individual on earth has inherited the evil nature Adam acquired at the fall. Therefore, each person needs another nature that is not evil, but righteous and holy, before he can have proper fellowship with a righteous God (Genesis 8:21Genesis 8:21 - Authorized King James Bible  21 And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; Jeremiah 13:23Jeremiah 13:23 - Authorized King James Bible  23 Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; Jeremiah 17:9Jeremiah 17:9 - Authorized King James Bible  9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; Matthew 13:38-42Matthew 13:38-42 - Authorized King James Bible  38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;
  39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.
  40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.
  41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;
  42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
; Luke 11:13Luke 11:13 - Authorized King James Bible  13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; Luke 16:23Luke 16:23 - Authorized King James Bible  23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; John 3:36John 3:36 - Authorized King James Bible  36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; Romans 6:23Romans 6:23 - Authorized King James Bible  23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; Revelation 20:15Revelation 20:15 - Authorized King James Bible  15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com).

3. This evil nature, and the sins resulting from it, is totally contrary to God and brings His wrath on the individual (John 3:18John 3:18 - Authorized King James Bible  18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com, John 3:36John 3:36 - Authorized King James Bible  36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; Galatians 3:10Galatians 3:10 - Authorized King James Bible  10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; Galatians 4:8Galatians 4:8 - Authorized King James Bible  8 Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; Ephesians 2:12Ephesians 2:12 - Authorized King James Bible  12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; Ephesians 4:18Ephesians 4:18 - Authorized King James Bible  18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; 1 Thessalonians 4:51 Thessalonians 4:5 - Authorized King James Bible  5 Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; etc.). Those who refuse God's gift of regeneration will permanently feel His wrath in the lake of fire (Revelation 20:15Revelation 20:15 - Authorized King James Bible  15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com).

4. Jesus told Nicodemus, a very moral man and a ruler of the Jews, "Ye must be born again" (John 3:1-12John 3:1-12 - Authorized King James Bible  1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
  2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
  3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
  4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?
  5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God....(cont.)PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
).

B. The Method Of Regeneration

1. A person becomes regenerated when he hears the gospel, repents, and by faith receives Jesus Christ as his personal Savior (John 1:12-13John 1:12-13 - Authorized King James Bible  12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
  13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
; Titus 3:5Titus 3:5 - Authorized King James Bible  5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; James 1:18James 1:18 - Authorized King James Bible  18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; Peter 1:23).

2. Regeneration is a literal birth into God's family where the believer actually becomes God's child (Romans 8:14-16Romans 8:14-16 - Authorized King James Bible  14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
  15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
  16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
; 1 John 3:1-2John 3:1-2 - Authorized King James Bible  1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
  2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
; John 5:1John 5:1 - Authorized King James Bible  1 After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; 1 Peter 1:31 Peter 1:3 - Authorized King James Bible  3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com).

3. When a person receives Christ , his spirit, which was dead in Adam, is instantly reborn by the Holy Spirit (John 3:6John 3:6 - Authorized King James Bible  6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com). After this, he is no longer in Adam but "in Christ" (Romans 8:1-11Romans 8:1-11 - Authorized King James Bible  1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
  2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
  3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
  4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
  5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit....(cont.)PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
).

4. This birth is as real as a person's physical birth from his parents (John 3:5-6John 3:5-6 - Authorized King James Bible  5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
  6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
).

5. It enables the believer to call upon God as his father, and upon the Lord Jesus Christ as his elder brother (Romans 8:15-29Romans 8:15-29 - Authorized King James Bible  15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
  16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
  17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
  18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
  19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God....(cont.)PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
; Galatians 4:6Galatians 4:6 - Authorized King James Bible  6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; Hebrews 2:10-13Hebrews 2:10-13 - Authorized King James Bible  10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
  11 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,
  12 Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.
  13 And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
).

6. It also makes the believer a "new creature." This is because he has been given another nature in addition to the evil one he was born with (2 Corinthians 5:172 Corinthians 5:17 - Authorized King James Bible  17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; Galatians 6:15Galatians 6:15 - Authorized King James Bible  15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com).

7. This new nature is Jesus Christ's very own nature, thus it carries with it all of His moral attributes (Romans 6:8Romans 6:8 - Authorized King James Bible  8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com, Romans 8:9Romans 8:9 - Authorized King James Bible  9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; 1 Corinthians 1:301 Corinthians 1:30 - Authorized King James Bible  30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; Galatians 2:20Galatians 2:20 - Authorized King James Bible  20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; Ephesians 2:10Ephesians 2:10 - Authorized King James Bible  10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com, Ephesians 4:24Ephesians 4:24 - Authorized King James Bible  24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; Colossians 2:13Colossians 2:13 - Authorized King James Bible  13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; 2 Peter 1:42 Peter 1:4 - Authorized King James Bible  4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com).

8. Since the new nature is Christ's nature, it is in every way contrary to the believer's fallen, Adamic nature which he still has (Romans Ch. 6-8; Galatians 5:16-17Galatians 5:16-17 - Authorized King James Bible  16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
  17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
; Colossians 3:9-10Colossians 3:9-10 - Authorized King James Bible  9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
  10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
).

9. Every Christian is to grow and become mature in his new nature and make no provision for the old (Romans 13:14Romans 13:14 - Authorized King James Bible  14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; 2 Corinthians 5:152 Corinthians 5:15 - Authorized King James Bible  15 And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com, Corinthians 7:1; Galatians 5:16Galatians 5:16 - Authorized King James Bible  16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; 1 Peter 2:21 Peter 2:2 - Authorized King James Bible  2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; 2 Peter 3:182 Peter 3:18 - Authorized King James Bible  18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com).

C. The Permanence Of Regeneration

1. Since the life a Christian receives is Christ's own life, it is therefore eternal life (John 3:15-16John 3:15-16 - Authorized King James Bible  15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
  16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
, John 5:24John 5:24 - Authorized King James Bible  24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com, John 6:40John 6:40 - Authorized King James Bible  40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com, John 6:48John 6:48 - Authorized King James Bible  48 I am that bread of life.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com, John 10:28-30John 10:28-30 - Authorized King James Bible  28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
  29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.
  30 I and my Father are one.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
; Romans 6:22Romans 6:22 - Authorized King James Bible  22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; 1 John 2:25John 2:25 - Authorized King James Bible  25 And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com, John 5:11-13John 5:11-13 - Authorized King James Bible  11 He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk.
  12 Then asked they him, What man is that which said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk?
  13 And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
; etc.).

2. The father and child relationship between God and the regenerated believer cannot be broken. Regardless of what may happen in a Christian's life, he will always be God's child (John 10:28-30John 10:28-30 - Authorized King James Bible  28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
  29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.
  30 I and my Father are one.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
).

3. The believer is born again by "incorruptible seed" (the word of God), thus he "liveth and abideth forever" (1 Peter 1:231 Peter 1:23 - Authorized King James Bible  23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com).

II. ADOPTION

Adoption refers to God placing a believer as an adult son (heir) into His family and giving him access to all the privileges that go with it.

A. The Biblical Use Of The Word

1. There is some confusion among Christians about this doctrine because of the modern use of the word adoption. The modern meaning, to take a child born of one family and place him into another does not consider the fact that a believer becomes a member of God's family by regeneration (see Regeneration). A Christian is literally born into God's family, not just placed into it still having only the nature of another.

2. In the scriptures, adoption is not so much a word of relationship but of position. It speaks not of how the believer became a member of the family but of the fact he already is a member because of regeneration. God has placed him in the position of an adult son, and he has all the rights and privileges that go with it (1 John 3:2John 3:2 - Authorized King James Bible  2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com).

B. How Adoption Became Available

1. God's justice required Jesus Christ's death on the cross to deal with sin before He could place any person in His family. His death and shed blood fully redeemed the believing sinner and made regeneration and adoption available (Romans 8:15-16Romans 8:15-16 - Authorized King James Bible  15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
  16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
; Galatians 4:4-6Galatians 4:4-6 - Authorized King James Bible  4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
  5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
  6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
).

C. The Privileges Of Adoption

1. The believer has a father that loves him (1 John 4), cares for him (1 Peter 5:71 Peter 5:7 - Authorized King James Bible  7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com), protects him (Romans 8:31Romans 8:31 - Authorized King James Bible  31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com), corrects him (Hebrews 12:5-11Hebrews 12:5-11 - Authorized King James Bible  5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:
  6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
  7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
  8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
  9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?...(cont.)PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
), and promises to never leave him (Hebrews 13:5-6Hebrews 13:5-6 - Authorized King James Bible  5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
  6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
).

2. He is a fellowcitizen with the "...Saints and the household of God" (Ephesians 2:19Ephesians 2:19 - Authorized King James Bible  19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com). Also, he is an heir of God and joint-heir with Christ (Romans 8:17Romans 8:17 - Authorized King James Bible  17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com).

3. He has within him the "Spirit of adoption" (the Holy Spirit, Romans 8:17Romans 8:17 - Authorized King James Bible  17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com) who bears witness in his heart that he is God's son and leads him to cry upon God as his father. The Spirit will also raise up the saint's body at the second coming of Christ (Romans 8:11Romans 8:11 - Authorized King James Bible  11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; 1 Corinthians 15:51-521 Corinthians 15:51-52 - Authorized King James Bible  51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
  52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
; Galatians 4:4-6Galatians 4:4-6 - Authorized King James Bible  4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
  5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
  6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
; Philippians 3:21Philippians 3:21 - Authorized King James Bible  21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-181 Thessalonians 4:13-18 - Authorized King James Bible  13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
  14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
  15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
  16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
  17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord....(cont.)PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
).

4. God has predestinated the believer to be conformed into the image of Jesus Christ and has promised to openly reveal him as His son (Romans 8:29Romans 8:29 - Authorized King James Bible  29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; Ephesians 1:5Ephesians 1:5 - Authorized King James Bible  5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com).

D. The Final Adoption

1. Even though a believer is now fully God's child (1 John 3:1-3John 3:1-3 - Authorized King James Bible  1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
  2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
  3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
), God has not yet fully revealed him as such. However, the "firstfruits of the Spirit" is a guarantee that He will. This is the main emphasis of adoption, the day when Christ returns and redeems the saint's body making it "...Like unto his glorious body" (Philippians 3:21Philippians 3:21 - Authorized King James Bible  21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com). In that day, God will openly show all creation those who are His regenerated and adopted children (Romans 8:23Romans 8:23 - Authorized King James Bible  23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; 1 Corinthians 15:351 Corinthians 15:35 - Authorized King James Bible  35 But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com, Corinthians 15:51-53; 2 Corinthians 5:1-42 Corinthians 5:1-4 - Authorized King James Bible  1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
  2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:
  3 If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.
  4 For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
).

III. JUSTIFICATION

Justification means to be pronounced righteous. It is the legal and judicial act where God declares the believer righteous in Jesus Christ. It is not only the taking away of the believer's guilt, but also the imputation of Christ's righteousness in its place. The believer is not righteous in himself but only in Christ.

A. The Two Aspects Of Justification

There are two distinct aspects of justification:

a. The forgiveness, remission, and taking away of the believer's sins.

b. The imputation (see Imputation) of the righteousness of Jesus Christ.

1. As mentioned before, man generally thinks of salvation in terms of forgiveness or pardon. God, however, knew man needed much more than just his sins forgiven. If salvation only meant forgiveness, the believer would still be bound to his sin nature and unable to quit sinning. He would be forgiven for his sins but still hold the position of a sinner in God's sight. God did not want such a weak and practically useless salvation for believers. He devised one that not only takes the sins away but also puts righteousness in their place—both imputed and imparted righteousness. When He looks on a believer, He does not see someone who is still a sinner and only forgiven, or someone who is just innocent of the guilt of sin. He sees that saint completely justified with the righteousness of His son Jesus Christ (Romans 3:22-26Romans 3:22-26 - Authorized King James Bible  22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
  23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
  24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
  25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
  26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
, Romans 10:3-4Romans 10:3-4 - Authorized King James Bible  3 For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.
  4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
; 2 Corinthians 5:212 Corinthians 5:21 - Authorized King James Bible  21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; Colossians 1:22-23Colossians 1:22-23 - Authorized King James Bible  22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:
  23 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
).

2. The term justification in itself only speaks of God imputing righteousness to the believer's account. However, the Christian not only has righteousness reckoned to him (see Imputation), he also has it IN him. It is one of the characteristics of the "divine nature" he received the moment he believed (2 Peter 1:42 Peter 1:4 - Authorized King James Bible  4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; see Regeneration). This imparted righteousness can also be found under the doctrine, Sanctification.

B. The Method Of Justification

1. Justification is apart from any work of the law (the ten commandments, Sabbath keeping, the sermon on the mount, the golden rule, etc.), but is only obtained by faith in the finished work and shed blood of Jesus Christ (Acts 13:38-39Acts 13:38-39 - Authorized King James Bible  38 Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins:
  39 And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
; Romans 1:16-17Romans 1:16-17 - Authorized King James Bible  16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
  17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
, Romans 3:21-30Romans 3:21-30 - Authorized King James Bible  21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
  22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
  23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
  24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
  25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;...(cont.)PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
, Romans 4:5Romans 4:5 - Authorized King James Bible  5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com, Romans 5:1-9Romans 5:1-9 - Authorized King James Bible  1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
  2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
  3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
  4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
  5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us....(cont.)PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
, Romans 10:4Romans 10:4 - Authorized King James Bible  4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; 1 Corinthians 6:111 Corinthians 6:11 - Authorized King James Bible  11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; Galatians 2:16Galatians 2:16 - Authorized King James Bible  16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com, Galatians 3:8Galatians 3:8 - Authorized King James Bible  8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com, Galatians 3:22Galatians 3:22 - Authorized King James Bible  22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com).

2. If one could be justified by keeping the law or by good works, then Christ died for nothing (Galatians 2:21Galatians 2:21 - Authorized King James Bible  21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com, Galatians 3:24Galatians 3:24 - Authorized King James Bible  24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com).

3. The reason God gave man the law was to show him that he is a sinner and unable to live up to God's righteous standard. Then, after the sinner realized this, its purpose was to lead him to Christ for salvation (Romans 3:20Romans 3:20 - Authorized King James Bible  20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; Galatians 3:24Galatians 3:24 - Authorized King James Bible  24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com).

C. The Extent Of Justification

1. Many believe that salvation only puts the believer in the same condition Adam was before the fall; that is, in an innocent state. Again, this is only forgiveness. Innocence and forgiveness in themselves do not speak of righteousness in any way. As Adam proved, it only takes one act of disobedience for a person to lose his innocence. On the contrary, the justified believer gains much more in Christ than he lost in Adam (Romans 5:19-20Romans 5:19-20 - Authorized King James Bible  19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
).

2. As mentioned before, justification includes forgiveness and the remission of sins (Acts 10:43Acts 10:43 - Authorized King James Bible  43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; Colossians 2:13Colossians 2:13 - Authorized King James Bible  13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com), but it does not stop there; it brings with it "the righteousness of God". This the believer cannot lose; it is a gift God has given with no conditions (Romans 5:17-21Romans 5:17-21 - Authorized King James Bible  17 For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)
  18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
  19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
  21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
, Romans 6:20-23Romans 6:20-23 - Authorized King James Bible  20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.
  21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.
  22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
  23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
; 1 Corinthians 1:301 Corinthians 1:30 - Authorized King James Bible  30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; 2 Corinthians 5:212 Corinthians 5:21 - Authorized King James Bible  21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com).

3. When a sinner receives Christ, he receives a death he did not die, satisfying the curse of the law against him (Galatians 3:13Galatians 3:13 - Authorized King James Bible  13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com); and a life he did not live, a holy and righteous life which only Christ could supply. Thus, every Christian is a partaker of Christ's death and resurrection. His position before God is the same as his Savior's, dead unto sin and alive unto righteousness (Romans Ch. 6; Galatians 2:20Galatians 2:20 - Authorized King James Bible  20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com).

4. Although the believer is legally dead to sin in God's sight, he is not yet dead to it physically. This leaves him still able to sin. This ability to sin, however, does not affect the saint's standing or position before the Lord. To God the old sinful nature is forever dead, and a dead man cannot sin! God wants every Christian to reckon (account) himself that way so he won't sin (Romans 5:17-18Romans 5:17-18 - Authorized King James Bible  17 For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)
  18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
, Romans 6:11-14Romans 6:11-14 - Authorized King James Bible  11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
  12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
  13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
  14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
, Romans 8:10Romans 8:10 - Authorized King James Bible  10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; Galatians 2:19-20Galatians 2:19-20 - Authorized King James Bible  19 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.
  20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
; Colossians 3:3Colossians 3:3 - Authorized King James Bible  3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; 1 Peter 2:241 Peter 2:24 - Authorized King James Bible  24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com).

5. Also, justification brings peace with God. Since the law that cursed the saint has been satisfied by Christ, there is no longer any enmity between him and God. The believer can rest in the assurance that he will never experience God's wrath, for God poured it all out on Christ (Romans 5:1-10Romans 5:1-10 - Authorized King James Bible  1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
  2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
  3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
  4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
  5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us....(cont.)PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
; Colossians 1:20Colossians 1:20 - Authorized King James Bible  20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; 1 Thessalonians 1:101 Thessalonians 1:10 - Authorized King James Bible  10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com, Thessalonians 5:9).

D. The Permanence Of Justification

1. The justification that God gives the believer will extend throughout eternity. The reason is the saint is in an eternal Savior (Revelation 22:13Revelation 22:13 - Authorized King James Bible  13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com), who purchased with an eternal redemption (Hebrews 9:12Hebrews 9:12 - Authorized King James Bible  12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com), an eternal salvation (Hebrews 5:9Hebrews 5:9 - Authorized King James Bible  9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com), that supplies him with eternal life (John 10:28John 10:28 - Authorized King James Bible  28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com)! Furthermore, since the saint is sinless, more than that righteousness in Jesus Christ, "Who shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died..." (Romans 8:33-34Romans 8:33-34 - Authorized King James Bible  33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.
  34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
). If the Holy, Righteous, Sinless, Perfect, and Eternal God of Heaven cannot find anything wrong with the standing of the justified Christian, who can?

V. IMPUTATION

Imputation means to put something on a persons account or charge. To attribute or reckon something to an individual. Philemon 18 states it as "Put that on mine account".

Concerning sin and salvation there are three different imputations in the scriptures:

a. The imputation of Adam's sin to all mankind.

b. The imputation of the world's sins to Jesus Christ.

c. The imputation of the righteousness of God to the believer.

A. Of Adam's Sin To All Mankind

1. When Adam disobeyed God by eating from the tree of knowledge (Genesis 3:6Genesis 3:6 - Authorized King James Bible  6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com), he not only brought death upon himself, but he also brought it upon all of his descendants. Adam, the first man, represents the whole human race.

2. Romans 5:12-21Romans 5:12-21 - Authorized King James Bible  12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
  13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.
  14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
  15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
  16 And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification....(cont.)PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
plainly states that men die not because of their own sin, but because of Adam's one sin in Eden. Since Adam is the father of all mankind (all except Jesus Christ), God attributes his sin to all his offspring. This makes every person a sinner. God does this because all humanity was in Adam when he sinned; so, in effect, when Adam sinned, WE sinned (vs. 12). As further proof, verses 12-14 indicate that all the people who lived from Adam until Moses did not die because of their own personal sins. They died because the sinned in their father—Adam (see also Romans 4:15Romans 4:15 - Authorized King James Bible  15 Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; 1 Corinthians 15:221 Corinthians 15:22 - Authorized King James Bible  22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com).

3. God is showing us in Romans 5 that all born of Adam are sinners and die, but also that all born of Christ are righteous and alive (vs. 17-19). He is showing us how the head or representative of a family acts in behalf of his offspring. Since all are condemned by the actions of one man, all CAN BE saved by the actions of another. All men are born of Adam, and all men can be "born again" into Christ.

B. Of The World's Sins to Jesus Christ

1. The primary reason Jesus Christ came into the world was to die for its sins and take them away (John 1:29John 1:29 - Authorized King James Bible  29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; Galatians 1:4Galatians 1:4 - Authorized King James Bible  4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; 1 Timothy 1:151 Timothy 1:15 - Authorized King James Bible  15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; Hebrews 1:3Hebrews 1:3 - Authorized King James Bible  3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com, Hebrews 9:28Hebrews 9:28 - Authorized King James Bible  28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com, Hebrews 10:12-14Hebrews 10:12-14 - Authorized King James Bible  12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
  13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.
  14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
; 1 John 2:2John 2:2 - Authorized King James Bible  2 And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; etc.). This was a voluntary act of love on His part; He did not have to give His life and redeem man but could have sent the whole world to Hell and been just in doing so (John 3:16John 3:16 - Authorized King James Bible  16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com, John 10:18John 10:18 - Authorized King James Bible  18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; Romans 5:8Romans 5:8 - Authorized King James Bible  8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com).

2. While Jesus was suffering on the cross, God laid all the sins of the world, past, present, and future on Him. His father treated Him as the lowest sinner, as one who had committed the most wicked crimes, though personally Christ was sinless and guilty of nothing (2 Corinthians 5:212 Corinthians 5:21 - Authorized King James Bible  21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com). And since Adam was not his father, there was no inherited guilt in Him to compel His death, but He died anyway. Why? Because of sin, IMPUTED SIN. Since God charged sin to Him, and "the wages of sin is death", He had to die to pay for them (Romans 5:12Romans 5:12 - Authorized King James Bible  12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com, Romans 6:23Romans 6:23 - Authorized King James Bible  23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com).

3. 2 Corinthians 5:19-212 Corinthians 5:19-21 - Authorized King James Bible  19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
  20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.
  21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
leaves no doubt that God made Jesus to be sin in the world's place. He placed His wrath not on the guilty, but on his guiltless Son. The just suffered for the unjust so He could save all who would receive Him. Those who refuse Him must suffer for their sins themselves (John 3:18John 3:18 - Authorized King James Bible  18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com, John 3:36John 3:36 - Authorized King James Bible  36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; 2 Thessalonians 1:5-92 Thessalonians 1:5-9 - Authorized King James Bible  5 Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer:
  6 Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you;
  7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
  8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
  9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
; etc.).

C. Of The "Righteousness Of God" To The Believer

1. This imputation was covered under the previous outline titled, Justification, where the believer is justified by the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ.

2. Comparing this imputation with the last one shows us how real a doctrine imputation is. Since every true Christian believes that Jesus died for his sins because God imputed them to Him, he should also believe that he has been justified with Christ's imputed righteousness. If imputation is real enough to cause a sinless man's death, the imputation of righteousness must be just as real (2 Corinthians 5:19-212 Corinthians 5:19-21 - Authorized King James Bible  19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
  20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.
  21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
)! God treated Christ as a sinner so He could treat the "sinner" as righteous (1 Peter 2:241 Peter 2:24 - Authorized King James Bible  24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com).

V. SANCTIFICATION

Sanctification means to be set apart unto God for God's use; to be set apart from sin unto holiness. It is an act of God where He consecrates the believer unto Himself.

The topic of sanctification (or holiness) is found over one thousand times in the scriptures. It is a doctrine the Holy Spirit wants believers to especially understand.

There are three distinct tenses of sanctification concerning New Testament salvation:

a. Positional, which refers to the initial act.

b. Progressive, which refers to the believer's present life.

c. Final, which refers to the completion of its work.

A. Positional Sanctification

1. This is the instantaneous sanctification the believer receives the moment he trusts Christ. At that time, Christ sets his soul apart from sin and imparts unto him His own holiness and righteousness. God's law, a reflection of His nature, demands that man be perfect and holy. This, however, is impossible for the natural man because he is by nature sinful and unholy (Romans 8:8Romans 8:8 - Authorized King James Bible  8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; Ephesians 2:1-4Ephesians 2:1-4 - Authorized King James Bible  1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
  2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
  3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
  4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
).

2. God's work of sanctification supplies every moral virtue He requires man to have. When a person receives Christ, he gets all of Christ's moral virtues with Him—he meets all the law's requirements in Him (Romans 10:1-4Romans 10:1-4 - Authorized King James Bible  1 Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.
  2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.
  3 For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.
  4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
).

3. When God looks at the position of a Christian, He sees the separated, sanctified, righteous, and perfect life of His son Jesus Christ. The saint need never fear of losing this standing before God because it is his union with Christ that brought it about. This union can never be broken (see Regeneration; Justification; Romans 15:16Romans 15:16 - Authorized King James Bible  16 That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; 1 Corinthians 1:21 Corinthians 1:2 - Authorized King James Bible  2 Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com, Corinthians 1:30, Corinthians 6:11; Galatians 2:20Galatians 2:20 - Authorized King James Bible  20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; Ephesians 1:3-4Ephesians 1:3-4 - Authorized King James Bible  3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
  4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
; Hebrews 2:11Hebrews 2:11 - Authorized King James Bible  11 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com, Hebrews 10:10Hebrews 10:10 - Authorized King James Bible  10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com, Hebrews 10:14Hebrews 10:14 - Authorized King James Bible  14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com, Hebrews 13:12Hebrews 13:12 - Authorized King James Bible  12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com, Hebrews 13:21Hebrews 13:21 - Authorized King James Bible  21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; 1 Peter 1:21 Peter 1:2 - Authorized King James Bible  2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com).

4. Also, the instant one believes, his soul is cut loose from his flesh by a spiritual circumcision performed by Christ (Colossians 2:10-15Colossians 2:10-15 - Authorized King James Bible  10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
  11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
  12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
  13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
  14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;...(cont.)PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
). As a result, the believer is no longer a slave to his old, Adamic nature (though he can still yield to it); he is set free to serve his new righteous nature which is Christ's. The saint is now capable of living a holy life that is pleasing to God (Romans 6:11-14Romans 6:11-14 - Authorized King James Bible  11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
  12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
  13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
  14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
; Colossians 3:1-4Colossians 3:1-4 - Authorized King James Bible  1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
  2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
  3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
  4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
).

B. Progressive Sanctification

1. This tense speaks of how the Christian's present life is to become holier and more Christ like day by day. Since the believer's soul is sanctified in Christ, God expects this holiness to affect his behavior and be manifested in his daily walk. He wants him to follow his Savior and live a clean, separated life (Romans 12:1-4Romans 12:1-4 - Authorized King James Bible  1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
  2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
  3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
  4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
; 2 Corinthians 7:12 Corinthians 7:1 - Authorized King James Bible  1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; Galatians 5:22-25Galatians 5:22-25 - Authorized King James Bible  22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
  23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
  24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
  25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
; 1 Thessalonians 2:121 Thessalonians 2:12 - Authorized King James Bible  12 That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com, Thessalonians 4:1-4).

2. Before a person is saved it is impossible for him to live a holy life. However, after salvation he can; he has the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit to assist him. The Spirit prompts him to live "...not conformed to this world...", but after Christ. "As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him" (Colossians 2:6Colossians 2:6 - Authorized King James Bible  6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com). See also: Romans 12:1-4Romans 12:1-4 - Authorized King James Bible  1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
  2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
  3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
  4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
, Romans 16:19Romans 16:19 - Authorized King James Bible  19 For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; 1 Corinthians 6:12-131 Corinthians 6:12-13 - Authorized King James Bible  12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
  13 Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
, Corinthians 6:19-20, Corinthians 7:23; 2 Corinthians 6:14-172 Corinthians 6:14-17 - Authorized King James Bible  14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
  15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
  16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
  17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
, Corinthians 7:1; Philippians 2:15Philippians 2:15 - Authorized King James Bible  15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com, Philippians 4:8Philippians 4:8 - Authorized King James Bible  8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; Colossians 3:5-15Colossians 3:5-15 - Authorized King James Bible  5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
  6 For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
  7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.
  8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
  9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;...(cont.)PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
; 1 Thessalonians 5:51 Thessalonians 5:5 - Authorized King James Bible  5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com, Thessalonians 5:22-23; 2 Thessalonians 2:132 Thessalonians 2:13 - Authorized King James Bible  13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; 1 Timothy 6:11-121 Timothy 6:11-12 - Authorized King James Bible  11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
  12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
; Hebrews 12:1-4Hebrews 12:1-4 - Authorized King James Bible  1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
  2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
  3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
  4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
; James 1:24-27James 1:24-27 - Authorized King James Bible  24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
  25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
  26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.
  27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
, James 4:4James 4:4 - Authorized King James Bible  4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; 1 Peter 2:11-121 Peter 2:11-12 - Authorized King James Bible  11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
  12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
, Peter 2:24).

a. How To Resist Temptation And Live Above Sin

1. Every Christian knows what it means to be tempted. However, being tempted to sin is not a sin in itself. The Lord was tempted in all the areas we are, yet He did not sin (Hebrews 2:17-18Hebrews 2:17-18 - Authorized King James Bible  17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
  18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
). God will allow His people to be tempted for several reasons. Some of them are: to try their faith (1 Peter 1:71 Peter 1:7 - Authorized King James Bible  7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com), to keep them humble and dependent on Him (1 Peter 5:61 Peter 5:6 - Authorized King James Bible  6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com), to cause them to know the victory that is in Christ (Hebrews 2:18Hebrews 2:18 - Authorized King James Bible  18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com), and to enable them to win the crown of life (James 1:2-4James 1:2-4 - Authorized King James Bible  2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
  3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
  4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
, James 1:12James 1:12 - Authorized King James Bible  12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com).

2. The Bible gives the believer some guidelines to follow concerning temptation.

a. He is to watch and pray that he enters not into it (Matthew 26:41Matthew 26:41 - Authorized King James Bible  41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com).

b. He is to stay away from any thing or situation that may lead him into it (Romans 16:19Romans 16:19 - Authorized King James Bible  19 For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; 1 Thessalonians 5:221 Thessalonians 5:22 - Authorized King James Bible  22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com).

c. And he is to be transformed from worldly thinking to godly thinking by the renewing of his mind (Romans 12:1-4Romans 12:1-4 - Authorized King James Bible  1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
  2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
  3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
  4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
).

3. Nevertheless, even after abiding in these guidelines, temptation may still come. The Christian can defend himself against it by following three scriptural principles. He should:

a. Follow his Savior's example and resist the Devil by rebuking him with scripture (Matthew 4:1-11Matthew 4:1-11 - Authorized King James Bible  1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
  2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.
  3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
  4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
  5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,...(cont.)PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
; James 4:7James 4:7 - Authorized King James Bible  7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com).

b. Yield himself to God and reckon himself dead to sin (Romans 6:2-11Romans 6:2-11 - Authorized King James Bible  2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
  3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
  4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
  5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
  6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin....(cont.)PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
; Galatians 2:19Galatians 2:19 - Authorized King James Bible  19 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; 1 Peter 2:241 Peter 2:24 - Authorized King James Bible  24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com).

c. Earnestly watch for the way of escape God has promised, taking it immediately once it is discovered (1 Corinthians 10:131 Corinthians 10:13 - Authorized King James Bible  13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com).

4. If the believer will sincerely and prayerfully follow all three of these principles when he is tempted, he will, by the power of God, overcome the temptation. Furthermore, the experience he gains in dealing with it will make him stronger and better able to serve the Lord. However, if a believer gives in and does sin (and all Christians do at times), it is because he neglected one or more of the above means of defense.

5. When a Christian sins he must remember that God will by no means abandon of forsake him. He is still his Father no matter what happens! God will instantly forgive any believer when he confesses his disobedience as sin (1 John 1:8-10John 1:8-10 - Authorized King James Bible  8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
  9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
  10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
). He may have to pay in the flesh for the sin (reap what he has sown), but he will not suffer eternal condemnation. Though sin cannot break a saint's relationship with God, it can cause a break in fellowship until he confesses it as sin and forsakes it.

6. Finally, concerning doubtful things (thoughts and actions the believer is not certain about), the Holy Spirit has given some more principles to guide Christians.

a. Can the believer do the action he is thinking about in the name of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 5:20Ephesians 5:20 - Authorized King James Bible  20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com)?

b. Can he give thanks to God for it (Colossians 3:17Colossians 3:17 - Authorized King James Bible  17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com)?

c. Can he do it with the belief that it pleases God (Romans 14:23Romans 14:23 - Authorized King James Bible  23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com)?

d. Would he like the Lord to find him doing it when He returns (1 Thessalonians 5:1-31 Thessalonians 5:1-3 - Authorized King James Bible  1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.
  2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
  3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
)?

The safest and surest way to deal with doubtful thoughts, actions, and circumstances is, "when in doubt, don't."

b. The Means Of Progressive Sanctification

1. The Lord Jesus Christ prayed to His Father that all believers be sanctified by the word of God (John 17:17John 17:17 - Authorized King James Bible  17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com). The scriptures can sanctify because they reveal God's nature and show the saint where he needs correction and instruction (2 Timothy 3:16-172 Timothy 3:16-17 - Authorized King James Bible  16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
  17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
). Before a believer can continue to live a godly life he must read, study, and submit himself to the Bible. By doing this the Holy Spirit will give him all he needs to live above sin.

C. Final Sanctification

1. This tense refers to a future event where God sanctifies the believer completely—body, soul, and spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:231 Thessalonians 5:23 - Authorized King James Bible  23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com). This will occur when Christ comes back for His people at the rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:13-181 Thessalonians 4:13-18 - Authorized King James Bible  13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
  14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
  15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
  16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
  17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord....(cont.)PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
). Now, the believer's body is not yet sanctified, but in that glorious day it will be, making the him unable to sin! God will separate his body from iniquity, as his spirit is now, and his old nature will become literally dead to sin (Romans 6:7Romans 6:7 - Authorized King James Bible  7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com). This event is also called "...the day of redemption" (Ephesians 4:30Ephesians 4:30 - Authorized King James Bible  30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; also see Adoption). When the Lord returns, all His saints will have a glorified body like His, completely and totally separated from sin (1 Corinthians 15:35-381 Corinthians 15:35-38 - Authorized King James Bible  35 But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?
  36 Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die:
  37 And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain:
  38 But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
; Philippians 3:21Philippians 3:21 - Authorized King James Bible  21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; Colossians 3:4Colossians 3:4 - Authorized King James Bible  4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; 1 John 3:2John 3:2 - Authorized King James Bible  2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com).

The Term "Salvation" Also Has Three Tenses:

a. Past - The believer has been saved from the guilt and penalty of sin (Luke 7:50Luke 7:50 - Authorized King James Bible  50 And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; 2 Corinthians 5:18-212 Corinthians 5:18-21 - Authorized King James Bible  18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
  19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
  20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.
  21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
; 2 Corinthians 2:152 Corinthians 2:15 - Authorized King James Bible  15 For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; Ephesians 2:5-8Ephesians 2:5-8 - Authorized King James Bible  5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
  6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
  7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
  8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
; 2 Timothy 1:92 Timothy 1:9 - Authorized King James Bible  9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; Tit. 3:5Tit. 3:5 - Authorized King James Bible  5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; Hebrews 5:9Hebrews 5:9 - Authorized King James Bible  9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; etc.).

b. Present - He is being saved from the power of sin in his daily life (Romans 6:14Romans 6:14 - Authorized King James Bible  14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; Philippians 1:19Philippians 1:19 - Authorized King James Bible  19 For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com, Philippians 2:12-13Philippians 2:12-13 - Authorized King James Bible  12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
  13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
; 2 Thessalonians 2:132 Thessalonians 2:13 - Authorized King James Bible  13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; 1 Timothy 4:161 Timothy 4:16 - Authorized King James Bible  16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com).

c. Future - He will be saved from the presence of sin at the second coming (Romans 13:11Romans 13:11 - Authorized King James Bible  11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; 1 Peter 1:51 Peter 1:5 - Authorized King James Bible  5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com.

VI. RECONCILIATION

Reconciliation means to be brought from enmity to friendship. To bring peace where there was once hatred and strife. God is not reconciled to man, but man to God.

A. The Need For Reconciliation

1. When Adam disobeyed God and ate of the forbidden tree in the garden he became alienated from Him (Genesis 3:23-24Genesis 3:23-24 - Authorized King James Bible  23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.
  24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
). Before, when he was innocent, he could have fellowship with God; but after he ate, a barrier of sin was erected and this fellowship was broken. All of Adam's descendants are also alienated from God because they sinned in him (see IMPUTATION).

2. God, because of His love, desired that man be reconciled back to Him. Since man is unable and unwilling to deal with sin and make matters right, God had to initiate the reconciliation. He does this by redeeming the believer from sin and bringing him up to His righteous standard by the intermediary work of Christ.

B. How Reconciliation Was Obtained

1. Before man could be reconciled to God there had to be a mediator to represent both parties (Galatians 3:20Galatians 3:20 - Authorized King James Bible  20 Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com). Job, who thought matters were not right between himself and God, yearned for someone to mediate between them (Job 9:32-33Job 9:32-33 - Authorized King James Bible  32 For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, and we should come together in judgment.
  33 Neither is there any daysman betwixt us, that might lay his hand upon us both.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
). The only person who can represent both God and man is the "...man Christ Jesus." He is fully God and fully man"God manifest in the flesh" (1 Timothy 2:51 Timothy 2:5 - Authorized King James Bible  5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com, Timothy 3:16).

2. It took the obedient life, sacrificial death, shed blood, and bodily resurrection of Christ to reconcile man back to God (Romans 5:10Romans 5:10 - Authorized King James Bible  10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com, Romans 10:15Romans 10:15 - Authorized King James Bible  15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; Colossians 1:20-22Colossians 1:20-22 - Authorized King James Bible  20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
  21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled
  22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
). He paid the sin debt man owed, tore down the wall of partition (Ephesians 2:11-13Ephesians 2:11-13 - Authorized King James Bible  11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;
  12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
  13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
), and made peace with God for all who will receive Him (John 16:33John 16:33 - Authorized King James Bible  33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; Acts 10:36Acts 10:36 - Authorized King James Bible  36 The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; Romans 5:1Romans 5:1 - Authorized King James Bible  1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com, Romans 10:15Romans 10:15 - Authorized King James Bible  15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; Ephesians 2:14Ephesians 2:14 - Authorized King James Bible  14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com).

3. While He was on earth Christ suffered through life much as all other men do. He learned what it was like to be tempted, slandered, ridiculed, hated, poor, forsaken, condemned, and also to die. This fully qualifies Him to represent man. On the other hand, He can represent God because He is God—the second person of the Trinity (John 1:1-3John 1:1-3 - Authorized King James Bible  1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
  2 The same was in the beginning with God.
  3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
; 1 John 5:7John 5:7 - Authorized King James Bible  7 The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com). Now, since He is in Heaven, He ever lives to make intercession for the believer against all the accusations of Satan (Heb. 2:18Heb. 2:18 - Authorized King James Bible  18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com, Heb. 4:15Heb. 4:15 - Authorized King James Bible  15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com,  Heb. 5:8Heb. 5:8 - Authorized King James Bible  8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com, Heb. 7:25Heb. 7:25 - Authorized King James Bible  25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com).

4. Jesus Christ is the believer's advocate (Romans 8:33-34Romans 8:33-34 - Authorized King James Bible  33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.
  34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
; 1 John 2:1John 2:1 - Authorized King James Bible  1 And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com). If anyone, anywhere, throughout eternity, challenges the standing of any Christian, Christ takes the position of a defense attorney to represent him. He declares the saint regenerated, justified, sanctified, redeemed, and reconciled to God. He can say this because He paid for the believer's sins Himself and is the source of every virtue he has. "If God be for us, who can be against us?" (Romans 8:31Romans 8:31 - Authorized King James Bible  31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; see also, Justification; Sanctification; and Redemption).

C. The Christian's Duty Concerning Reconciliation

1. The reconciled believer has a duty to go into the world and tell the lost that they can be saved from sin and reconciled to God. Every Christian has been given a ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18-212 Corinthians 5:18-21 - Authorized King James Bible  18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
  19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
  20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.
  21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
). He is God's ambassador to the world and is to preach the gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-41 Corinthians 15:1-4 - Authorized King James Bible  1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
  2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
  3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
  4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
) to every creature (Mark 16:15Mark 16:15 - Authorized King James Bible  15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com), letting each know that he does not have to die in his sins. The Christian who is obedient in this greatly pleases the Lord.

VII. PROPITIATION

Propitiation means to appease or satisfy someone; to make amends for a wrong that has been committed. It speaks of how God is completely satisfied with Jesus Christ's atonement.

The word propitiation is found three times in the scriptures. Once in the book of Romans (Rom. 3:25Rom. 3:25 - Authorized King James Bible  25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com), and twice in 1 John (1 John 2:2John 2:2 - Authorized King James Bible  2 And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com, John 4:10John 4:10 - Authorized King James Bible  10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com).

A. The Scope Of Propitiation

1. The basis on which God saves the believer is the propitiatory sacrifice of Jesus Christ. God, through Christ, appeased His own wrath against the sinner by paying the penalty His justice demanded Himself. As a result, God can justify the believer without compromising His righteousness; He can accept him into His family without accepting his sin!

2. The Old Testament sacrifices were a shadow of Christ's coming atonement (Hebrews ch. 10). To receive remission of sins then, a person had to apply the blood of bulls or goats on the mercy seat in the tabernacle (or temple). The mercy seat, which was on the ark of the covenant, was the place of atonement, the place where sins were forgiven and God's wrath appeased (Leviticus ch. 1-16). These elaborate sacrifices, however, could not take away any sin; they could only cover it (Hebrews ch. 9-10). They had to be offered continually because there was no offering yet available which could take the sins away.

3. God had no pleasure in the animal sacrifices. He established them to show man that he is a sinner, that sin requires payment (death), and that the payment could be paid by a substitute (Hebrews 10:5-8Hebrews 10:5-8 - Authorized King James Bible  5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:
  6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.
  7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
  8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
). These sacrifices continued for hundreds of years, yet the thousands of animals offered could not permanently satisfy God's wrath. They were to prepare mankind for the one to come who could (Romans 3:20Romans 3:20 - Authorized King James Bible  20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; Galatians 3:24Galatians 3:24 - Authorized King James Bible  24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com).

4. When the fullness of time had come, God sent to earth the only person in the universe who could propitiate His wrath for eternity. It was His only begotten son (John 1:18John 1:18 - Authorized King James Bible  18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com). He came to shed His sinless blood and die a substitutionary death to take away the sins of the world (John 1:29John 1:29 - Authorized King James Bible  29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com). Jesus took the place of the world (see IMPUTATION), and God poured all the wrath He had towards the world out on Him. His one sacrifice fully made amends for all its sins (Romans 3:25Romans 3:25 - Authorized King James Bible  25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; Hebrews 9:12Hebrews 9:12 - Authorized King James Bible  12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com, Hebrews 9:26Hebrews 9:26 - Authorized King James Bible  26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com, Hebrews 10:12Hebrews 10:12 - Authorized King James Bible  12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com).

5. Though Jesus died for the whole world, the whole world will not be saved (Matthew 7:13-14Matthew 7:13-14 - Authorized King James Bible  13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
  14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
). Each individual must personally accept Christ for His atonement to apply to him (John 1:12-13John 1:12-13 - Authorized King James Bible  12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
  13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
). Under the law God showed mercy at the mercy seat. Now, Jesus Christ is the mercy seat—the place of atonement. The only way a person can receive atonement for his sins is to go to the mercy seat (Christ) and accept His work in his behalf. The believer will never experience God's wrath; the sacrifice of his indwelling substitute (Christ) has eternally satisfied the Lord and His law's curse against him (Galatians 3:13Galatians 3:13 - Authorized King James Bible  13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com).

VIII. REDEMPTION

Redemption means to purchase or buy back something that originally belonged to the purchaser. Concerning salvation, it refers to the death of Jesus Christ where He buys back the sinner, His blood being the payment.

Redemption is the foundation of salvation; it is the basis of the seven previous doctrines. Before God could provide eternal salvation to anyone, He had to pay the ransom required to release the sinner from his sins. GOD COULD NOT DECREE SALVATION UNTO MAN, HE HAD TO BUY IT!

A. Why Man Needs Redemption

1. Another result of Adam eating from the tree of knowledge is that he, in effect, sold himself to sin. He knew that his disobedience would bring death (1 Timothy 2:141 Timothy 2:14 - Authorized King James Bible  14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com), but he decided that he would rather die with Eve than live with God. As mentioned before, Adam's sin did not only affect him, it also affected all of his descendants (see IMPUTATION). The sinful nature he got when he ate is passed on to all humanity. Therefore, every person on earth is hopelessly bound to sin (as well as to its father—Satan, John 8:44John 8:44 - Authorized King James Bible  44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com); and unless he is redeemed by someone who is not bound to it, he will die and spend eternity in Hell paying for his sins himself!

2. God saw man's pitiful condition and according to His great love and grace devised a redemption plan to buy him back from his iniquity (Titus 2:14Titus 2:14 - Authorized King James Bible  14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com). The climax of this plan was the sending of His Son to earth to give His life (blood) as the ransom (Matthew 20:28Matthew 20:28 - Authorized King James Bible  28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com). This is the main reason "the Word" became flesh (John 1:1-3John 1:1-3 - Authorized King James Bible  1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
  2 The same was in the beginning with God.
  3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
). If Jesus came to earth but failed to die a redemptive death, His whole ministry would have been in vain. No matter what else He may have done (healings, miracles, etc.) man would still be in his sins, under a curse, and bound for Hell (Galatians 3:10-13Galatians 3:10-13 - Authorized King James Bible  10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.
  11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.
  12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.
  13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
).

3. That God would go to such great lengths to redeem His enemy (Romans 5:8-10Romans 5:8-10 - Authorized King James Bible  8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
  9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
  10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
) shows the extent of the love and compassion He has for him. Christ is the Giver and the Gift, the Offerer and the Offering, the Redeemer and the Redemption. Only through Him can a person be freed from his bondage to sin and death, for He alone can provide redemption (Acts 4:12Acts 4:12 - Authorized King James Bible  12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com).

B. The Actual Price Of Redemption

For something to be redeemed a specific price has to be paid, and the price to redeem the sinner is blood. According to Leviticus 17:11Leviticus 17:11 - Authorized King James Bible  11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com, "The life of the flesh is in the blood...it is the blood that maketh atonement for the soul." So blood not only represents life, it is actually physical life itself. Before God would accept an animal sacrifice in the Old Testament, a priest had to apply it's blood on an altar in behalf of the offerer. The death of the sacrifice alone could not atone for the offerer's sins. The priest must apply its blood to complete the redemption. Again, the Old Testament sacrifices could not take away sin (see Propitiation). The shedding and application of animal blood which the Old Testament so vividly describes is only a picture of Christ's blood which can take it away (Hebrews ch. 10).

2. The blood of Christ can redeem sinners for at least three reasons:

a. It does not have any taint of sin in it. The Lord did not inherit a sinful nature from Adam as everyone else because a person's nature comes from his father. Since God is Christ's father, He has His nature (Matthew 1:23Matthew 1:23 - Authorized King James Bible  23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; Luke 1:35Luke 1:35 - Authorized King James Bible  35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com). Of course, Mary, His mother descended from Adam, but this does not affect Christ in this respect.

b. Adam's sin corrupted his blood and caused his death. The last Adam (Christ) knew no sin; His blood is incorruptible (1 Peter 1:18-191 Peter 1:18-19 - Authorized King James Bible  18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
  19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
).

c. The blood that flowed through His veins was His Father's (Acts 20:28Acts 20:28 - Authorized King James Bible  28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com), and since He is God manifest in the flesh, is could be no less (1 Timothy 3:161 Timothy 3:16 - Authorized King James Bible  16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com).

C. The Application Of The Blood

1. Since God is a spiritual and eternal being, His blood has a spiritual and eternal application to the believer. There is more to Christ's blood than the physical components that were seen at the crucifixion, for it still exists and is available to all, but it is only applied to those who receive Him. You cannot get Christ's blood without getting Him, they are inseparable.

2. The moment a person believes on Christ, Christ literally washes him from his sins with His blood (Revelation 1:5Revelation 1:5 - Authorized King James Bible  5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com), cleansing his soul from all sin (1 John 1:7John 1:7 - Authorized King James Bible  7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com), and supplying him with an eternal redemption (Romans 3:24Romans 3:24 - Authorized King James Bible  24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com; Hebrews 9:12Hebrews 9:12 - Authorized King James Bible  12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com). Furthermore, through Christ's redemption the saint has been completely freed from the curse of the law (Galatians 3:13Galatians 3:13 - Authorized King James Bible  13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com), from all iniquity (Titus 2:14Titus 2:14 - Authorized King James Bible  14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com), and from his vain life (1Peter 1:181Peter 1:18 - Authorized King James Bible  18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com).

3. In summary, the precious blood of Christ did (and does) the following:

a. Purchased the Church (Acts 20:28Acts 20:28 - Authorized King James Bible  28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com)
b. Brought justification (Romans 5:9Romans 5:9 - Authorized King James Bible  9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com)
c. Brought reconciliation (Colossians 1:20Colossians 1:20 - Authorized King James Bible  20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com)
d. Brought propitiation (Romans 3:24Romans 3:24 - Authorized King James Bible  24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com)
e. Brought sanctification (Hebrews 13:12Hebrews 13:12 - Authorized King James Bible  12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com)
f. Brought redemption (Romans 3:24Romans 3:24 - Authorized King James Bible  24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com)
g. Washes the believer (Revelation 1:5Revelation 1:5 - Authorized King James Bible  5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com)
h. Cleanses the believer (1 John 1:7John 1:7 - Authorized King James Bible  7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com)
i. Makes the believer nigh (Ephesians 2:13Ephesians 2:13 - Authorized King James Bible  13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com)
j. Gives the believer peace (Colossians 1:20Colossians 1:20 - Authorized King James Bible  20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com)

4. The two ordinances of the church also speak of Christ's redemptive work. The first, baptism, shows His death to sin and the believer's identification with Him. The broken bread of the second, the Lord's supper, represents His tortured body, and the fruit of the vine, His shed blood (Matthew 26:26-30Matthew 26:26-30 - Authorized King James Bible  26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.
  27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;
  28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
  29 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.
  30 And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
; Romans 6:3-8Romans 6:3-8 - Authorized King James Bible  3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
  4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
  5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
  6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
  7 For he that is dead is freed from sin....(cont.)PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
). God established these ordinances so Christians would not forget the price paid to redeem them.

D. The Believer's Responsibility

1. The believer must remember that since Christ has bought him he is no longer his own. He is not to do what he desires with his body but what his Owner desires. Every Christian is the steward of his own body and God will judge him according to the works he performs in it. It is God's will that he glorify his redeemer with a holy and obedient life (1 Corinthians 3:11-151 Corinthians 3:11-15 - Authorized King James Bible  11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
  12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
  13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.
  14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
  15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.PopVerse - BibleAnalyzer.com
, Corinthians 6:19-20).

Summary Of The Eight Doctrines

1. Regeneration A changed nature. The believer is no longer a child of wrath but is literally born into God's family and given Christ's nature.

2. Adoption A changed position. The believer is no longer a child of the world but is given the position of an adult son in God's family.

3. Justification A changed standing. The believer is no longer a sinner in God's sight because He imputes to his account the righteousness of Jesus Christ.

4. Imputation God put the sins of the world on the account of Jesus Christ, and He puts Christ's righteousness on the account of the believing sinner.

5. Sanctification A changed character. The believer is no longer defiled and unclean but is now separated and holy unto God in Christ Jesus.

6. Reconciliation A changed relationship. The believer is no longer God's enemy but now has peace with Him and is His friend.

7. Propitiation All the wrath of God that was once upon the believer has been appeased by the substitutionary death of Christ.

8. Redemption The death and shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ has bought the believer back from sin.

In conclusion, if the reader only learns one thing from the study of these doctrines it should be that the born again Christian is eternally secure in Jesus Christ. Each doctrine individually proves eternal salvation and collectively the proof is overwhelming. Everything God requires a person to be (righteous, holy, sinless, perfect, etc.) He supplies in the Lord Jesus Christ. It is the believer's union with Christ that makes these virtues his own, so all who are in Him are as secure in theirsalvation as He is alive!

Amen"