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"What do You Mean . . . SALVATION?"
Do you realize not one in a hundred knows what it is--how to get it--when you receive it? Don't be too sure you do! here, once for all, is the TRUTH made so plain you will really UNDERSTAND it!
COULD you, yourself, answer these
questions? If someone asked you to open your Bible and show them exactly
where the Bible says salvation means
going to heaven—could you do it?
Is salvation a
where would you turn in your Bible to
find it? Are you sure?
Could you open your Bible and
show a questioner where it tells you when
you receive salvation? Do you actually get it
now, when you die, when Christ returns—or at some other time? This
booklet will show you plainly.
Are you, at conversion, an
inheritor, an heir to inherit, or what—and just what
does one inherit?
Suppose you were asked what connection there is between salvation and that whole third of the Bible devoted to prophecy. Could you explain it? Another third or more of the Bible is taken up with history. Can you explain the connection of this vast amount of Scripture with salvation? Can you believe MOST of the Bible is totally unconcerned with the matter of salvation?
Let’s Make it
Religious people talk about "getting saved." Yet even most religious
people understand no more of what the Bible teaches about salvation—the real
meaning of the word "salvation"—than a
certain young man did about another religious expression.
He said to me, "I gave my heart
to the Lord at the revival meeting last night."
"Well," I said, "Just what do
you mean—you gave your heart to the
Lord? Just how did you do that? Did you reach in your hand, take your heart out,
and actually hand it to the Lord—and was He really right there, in Person?"
"Well, uh—uh—" he stammered,
confused, "uh— well, no, I didn’t do that."
"Then just what
did you do?
How did you give your heart to the
Lord?" He stammered some more, then guessed he didn’t know.
That’s the way it is with a lot
of people who say "I got saved." They don’t really know what they mean by
YOU know what the
BIBLE teaches about salvation? Millions
of sincere people have supposed they
knew—yet have been deceived into accepting a
It’s about time to get to the
HOWS. and WHENS, so you can see it
clearly, plainly, right in your own BIBLE!
Why should the most important thing in
life be a vague, mysterious, superstitious, ethereal, meaningless thing?
I’m going to make it PLAIN—in your Bible! So prepare yourself for a SHOCK! And don't believe me—BELIEVE THE BIBLE!
While the real truth must come from the Bible, the dictionary definition
may help a little. Webster defines "salvation" as: "1. The saving of man from
the spiritual consequences of sin; especially deliverance from sin and eternal
damnation. ...2. Preservation from destruction, failure, or other evil."
Now we need to learn the Bible
definition of SIN, and to see what the
Bible reveals the spiritual CONSEQUENCES
to be. Whatever the CONSEQUENCES, Webster
says salvation is to save you from
it—and in this the Bible shows Webster was right. Also salvation means
PRESERVATION—and in this, we shall see
the Bible affirms the definition.
But why would you
need to be saved from the spiritual
CONSEQUENCES of sin? And
WHY, if you are an immortal soul, do you
need preservation from destruction? What
has this to do with YOU?
Suppose you say, "Look, I don’t
go to church. I don’t pretend to be religious. Why should I be concerned with
all these religious words like ‘sin’ and ‘salvation’ and ‘spiritual
Does this concern only religious people?
WHY You Are
God Almighty, who designed, created, and sustains human life—including
yours, says this: "ALL
have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).
That involves YOU!
Right now you probably have no
conception of what is meant by "the glory of God" you have come short of. You’ll
really open your eyes in astonishment
when that is made plain to you.
But, whatever SIN is, you have sinned. ALL humans have! Christ, only, is excepted. You are involved. And since salvation is saving man from the consequences of sin (and the Bible affirms this, as we shall see), let God’s Word tell you what the consequences are.
It is plain and simple. Here it is: "The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Rom. 6:23).
But why have you heard—and possibly believed— just the opposite? Look at that—read it in your own BIBLE! Notice! The wages you are going to be paid for having sinned is DEATH! Then why do so many religious people teach exactly the opposite of the Bible—WHY do they teach that the wages of sin is ETERNAL LIFE in hell?
Look at that again, in your
Bible! On the one hand, the penalty is DEATH—on
the other hand, the gift is ETERNAL LIFE.
The two are contrasted—it is one or the other—DEATH
or ETERNAL LIFE.
Right here let me make
VERY PLAIN one thing
THE BIBLE teaches. A few persecutors have
accused us of teaching "a salvation by WORKS"—
that is, that our "works" earn
salvation. Let it be made clear and plain right here that your "WORKS"
—your evil works—do
earn something—but it is NOT
SALVATION—what they earn—the
WAGES they earn—is
Further, let’s get this point
straight and plain right here—ETERNAL LIFE
is not something you can
earn, it is
GIFT through Christ!
That is the plain teaching of YOUR BIBLE!
You earn wages. The only wages you can earn is
DEATH. Your Bible says that. We say that. But our accusers actually teach
the very thing they accuse us of teaching!!!— they teach that
ETERNAL LIFE is the wages you
EARN by your works—even though it is
eternal life in hell fire!
BIBLE says very plainly that "the
GIFT of God is
ETERNAL LIFE." Now this very verse (and
all others in the Bible bearing on the subject agree) says plainly that what you
RECEIVE by God’s
HIS GIFT, is ETERNAL LIFE. It says
that eternal life is something you have to OBTAIN as a
GOD! Therefore SALVATION actually
IS "ETERNAL LIFE"—a
GIFT! But do you know the accusers who
try to discredit this very work of God DENY THAT?
They actually DENY that eternal life
comes only as God’s GIFT by grace and
through Christ. THEY SAY YOU ALREADY HAVE
ETERNAL LIFE. They say you are an "IMMORTAL
Yes, this is amazing!
This is important! This is the
crux of the whole question—of life—of the reason for existence! If you have an
immortal soul—if you already have
eternal life—then the Bible is not true when it says plainly eternal life is a
GIFT from God. According to the Bible,
what the "saved" receive as God’s GIFT
through Jesus Christ is ETERNAL LIFE.
Salvation, then, actually is the
receiving of something you don’t now have—ETERNAL
LIFE. And if that Bible statement is TRUE,
then our accusers are FALSE!
They try to deceive people into
believing they do not need to be saved from
death by Christ’s free grace—by His shed blood. They say you do not need
saving from death at all. They say, as
Satan deceived mother Eve, that you will not surely die—you are— or have—an
NOTICE THIS IN YOUR BIBLE!
It’s time to quit believing and following MEN. Look in your own Bible. BELIEVE GOD!
Now does the Bible say anywhere that you are, or have, an "IMMORTAL
For years we offered $1,000 to
anyone who can show any place where the words "immortal soul" are found in the
Bible. No one ever found it!
WHY IS IT that religious people speak continually about "your immortal
soul," about "going to heaven," about dead loved ones being now "with the Lord,
—and many other such things supposed to be the
BASIC beliefs of Christianity—and yet
never once showing you any such teaching
IN THE BIBLE! They talk of these teachings
as if they were true. They lead you to
take these teachings for granted— to suppose they came from the Bible.
What does the Bible teach about the soul? Will you read it in your own
Bible? Don’t take my word for it—don’t believe me—BELIEVE
Read it, in Ezekiel 18:4: "The
soul that sinneth, it shall die." Yes,
again, the wages of sin is DEATH— that
soul that sins shall DIE!
That truth about the soul is so
important God caused it to be written twice. Turn now to Ezekiel 18:20: "The
soul that sinneth, it shall die." Souls are not immortal. Your Bible says they
But the deceiver may say: "That’s
in the Old Testament:’ Read in the NEW
Testament that ALL SCRIPTURE—all that
Timothy had known from youth, which was the Old Testament—is given by
inspiration of God (II Timothy 3:15-16).
Again, in the
NEW Testament: Jesus Christ Himself said
you should "fear him which is able to destroy
both soul and body in gehenna"—a fire
that will burn them up—cause them to
what is burned! Oh, yes, the Bible does teach
that kind of hell fire—but not the kind where one burns forever and yet
never burns up (Matthew 10:28). Let’s believe
Jesus Christ when He says soul can be DESTROYED!
They are NOT immortal!
This may come as a surprise: not
only is it true that there is no such expression anywhere in the Bible as
"immortal soul," but the word "immortal" occurs
only once in all the Bible—in I Timothy 1:17, where it refers to
GOD as being immortal.
Further, the word "immortality"
can be found only five times in all the Bible. In Romans 2:7 you will read it is
something for us to seek for. Of course!
It is the GIFT of
GOD, who has it to give! You don’t need
to seek for something you already have!
In I Corinthians 15:53, and again in verse 54, immortality is something the
"saved" shall put on,
AT THE TIME OF THE RESURRECTION. In II
Timothy 6:16 [Note: scripture reference is
wrong] it speaks of the resurrected and glorified Christ, who,
only, of all who have been born human,
has immortality. And finally, in II Timothy 1:10, immortality is something Jesus
Christ brought to light—made possible for us to receive—through the Gospel.
So the Bible teaches that the
soul is NOT immortal, but is mortal,
subject to DEATH as the penalty of sin!
Now where does this leave YOU? Let’s get back to YOU!
All have sinned. That includes
you. The penalty is DEATH! You do not
possess eternal life from natural birth. Christ said: "That which is born of the
flesh is flesh" (John 3:6): So you are only mortal, material
FLESH. You are "of
the earth—earthy (I Cor. 15:47). The life you were born with is merely
temporary chemical existence! You live by breathing air in and out of your
lungs—the breath of life.
You are only one breath away
from death— the cessation of the existence we call "life." if you don’t draw
that next breath, you can’t keep alive or conscious ten more minutes. There is
no immortal soul that will keep you alive and conscious. You
ARE a soul (Gen. 2:7) that has
sinned, and so shall
DIE, unless saved from it by Christ’s
If your heart does not make that
next beat, there is nothing in you to keep you alive ten minutes. You exist by
breathing of air and circulation of blood— fed by food and water. You have only
temporary CHEMICAL EXISTENCE. You are
like a clock wound up, and running down. You don’t know at what second it will
You can’t give yourself any
LIFE beyond this running-down chemical
existence. There is no eternal life inherent in you. Nothing you can do will
produce it, supply it, or EARN it. You
can’t get it by your own works!
What your own works have done
for you is earn for you the PENALTY of
death. And it is ETERNAL DEATH—eternal
punishment! You see, everyone has "WORKS"—either
good or bad.
GOD—and God only—has immortality!
Instead of assuming carelessly the pagan
teaching of "immortality of the soul," turn again to 1 Timothy 6:16 and read it
with your own eyes in your own Bible! The risen Christ, and He only, of all who
were born human, has immortality. God has immortality— life
inherent, in Himself (John 5:26). He has
given to the Son, Jesus Christ, also to have
LIFE in Himself And only
GOD can impart eternal life to
YOU! It comes through Christ.
But how are you going to go to
God? Your past sins not only have condemned you under penalty of death—they also
have put a total BARRIER between you and
God. They have cut you off from all access to God!
Read it! See it in your own Bible: "Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: but your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear" (Isaiah 59:1-2).
HOW Seek God?
So HOW, when this barrier stands
between you, are you going to GO TO GOD
to obtain eternal life?
Again Isaiah answers: "SEEK
ye the Eternal while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near;
let the wicked forsake
HIS WAY, and the
unrighteous man his thoughts. ...For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither
are your ways my ways, saith the Eternal" (Isa. 55:6-8).
So now you
SEEK GOD, so you may obtain eternal
LIFE from Him. You
REPENT! You forsake
your way of life, and turn to God’s way.
But you find something is still lacking!
You find you still are cut off! The barrier is still there! Do you know why?
At this point we need to stop
and find out what is meant by that word "SIN."
Haven’t you honestly been a bit confused by this religious terminology? You hear people talk about "sin," "getting saved," "under law or under grace," "justification," "sanctified," "heaven," "hell," "predestination," and dozens of other terms. Haven’t they been pretty vague to you—rather meaningless? Do you know that most religious people who use all these religious words usually don’t know any more than you do what they really MEAN?
We started by quoting the Scripture "ALL
have sinned." We said that included YOU!
SIN? Why, when men
preach, don’t you hear that explained,
defined, made clear and understandable? WHY
are these religious terms used most of the time loosely, vaguely, meaninglessly?
Once, in Springfield, Oregon, a
young man with a Bible in his hand accosted me on the Street. An evangelist had
come to town and pitched a tent. He brought with him a "gospel team" including
some eight young men of college age, who roamed the streets carrying Bibles,
stopping people and inviting them to attend the services. One stopped me.
"Well now," I said, "Does your
evangelist teach that Christ saves us from SIN?"
He assured me he did.
"Well, what I want to know," 1
persisted, "is what I have to quit DOING-—or
what I have DONE that you call ‘SIN.’
Just what is ‘SIN’?"
"Well," he answered, "Christ
died for our sins."
"But that doesn’t tell me
exactly what I’ve done that Christ had
to die for," I insisted. "What is ‘Sin’
Christ DIED for our sins," came the reply.
"Yes, I know—you said that
before. But what is this thing, ‘SIN,’
that He died for? What do I have to quit doing? Can you open that Bible you
have, and show me the BIBLE DEF1NITION of
the word ‘SIN’? Is there a place in the
Bible where it gives a plain definition—where it says ‘sin is—’ and then in
plain words tell what it is ‘1’
He called to a second of the
young men—then a third, and a fourth. Finally, with a large crowd gathering,
they called the evangelist himself. But even he could not—or
would not—turn to the Bible answer! One
by one, they all slunk away!
Then I took a Bible out of my
briefcase, turned to I John 3:4, and read to the crowd:
"Sin is the transgression of the Law."
what law? This is explained in Romans 7.
So next I read:
"What shall we say then? Is the
law sin? God forbid. Nay I had not known sin but by the law"—or, in the plainer
English of the Moffatt translation: "Why, had it not been for the Law, I would
never have known what sin meant!" In other words, the Law
defines sin. Sin is breaking the Law.
But what Law? Continuing, same verse: "for I had not known lust, except the Law
had said, Thou shalt not covet" (Rom. 7:7).
There we are told plainly
what Law it is SIN to transgress. It is
the Law that says: "Thou shalt not covet." That Law
IS the Ten Commandments. It is SIN to
break the Ten Commandments.
In verses 12 and 14 of this same
7th chapter of Romans you will read that the Law is
holy, just and good, and that it is a
SPIRITUAL LAW—a law of spiritual
principles of living!
Of course the whole spiritual
Law may be summed up in the word LOVE.
This may be divided into the two Great Commandments, love toward
GOD, and love toward
neighbor. The first four of the Ten
Commandments tell us how to love
GOD; the last six
how to love neighbor. The
WHOLE BIBLE elaborates, showing the
principles involved, until it includes the entire
RIGHT WAY OF LIFE!
Now notice Romans 3:20.
"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?’
Of course! False accusers to the
contrary notwithstanding. THAT IS PRECISELY WHAT
WE TEACH. Keeping the law will not justify anyone. We have all sinned. We
cannot justify this guilt we have incurred— we cannot avoid the wages we have
earned—DEATH —by obedience, goodness,
works, or anything we can do.
Let’s make that
REAL PLAIN! Most women carry a minor in
their purses. A woman takes out her mirror, steals a glance at her face,
discovers dirt on it. Does she try to wash off the dirt with the mirror?
Ridiculous? Yes, of course. Looking into the mirror won’t cleanse the dirt
already there. WHY? Because BY the minor
comes the KNOWLEDGE that the dirt is
there! Now God’s LAW is His spiritual
mirror. Your Bible says so—plainly (James 1:22-25). You look into
GOD’S LAW. It shows you the spiritual
dirt on your heart. To HEAR God’s Word,
which corrects, reproves and rebukes (II Tim. 3:16) and then
DO NOTHING about the spiritual dirt it
reveals is like a man beholding his face in a mirror, seeing the dirt—gaining
knowledge of it—then forgetting how dirty he is—doing nothing about it.
LAW is His spiritual minor. But keeping
yourself from becoming more dirty today does not wash off the dirt already
there. So, "By the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his
sight"— WHY? Because "by the law is the
KNOWLEDGE of sin
IS "the transgression of the law:’ Paul
would not have known it was sin to lust,
except the LAW had said, "Thou shalt not
covet:’ The function of the Law is to tell us
what sin is! Not to cleanse us of yesterday’s sin or erase the penalty of
last year’s sin.
There can never be a
LAW, unless there is a
penalty for its violation. And, where
"no law is, there is no transgression" (Rom. 4:15) and could be no penalty—no
punishment. If the wages—the punishment—of sin is death, and death is the
penalty, then there is a LAW. And if
there is no law being broken, there is no transgression and no penalty— and then
we need no Saviour—no salvation FROM the
NOW WHERE did the Law come from? Again, through James, God says "There is
ONE LAWGIVER" (James 4:12). That is
GOD. God set in motion many laws—laws of
physics and chemistry among them. The great law of
LOVE is a
spiritual law. It is
THE WAY of peace, of happiness-of right
relationship with God and with human neighbor. It is inexorable—a
living law as much fixed and in motion
as laws of gravity and inertia. To break it is to turn in the opposite direction
from peace, happiness, security, abundance, and toward strife, fear, worry,
unhappiness, suffering, death. The final wages you earn traveling that
Yes, the wages of sin is
DEATH! But we have
GIFT of GOD is eternal
So now, where are we? Eternal
life can be had only from GOD. So, as
stated above, you seek GOD. But you find
a tremendous, impenetrable barrier— your sins you have committed. Until they are
JUSTIFIED you have no access to God.
Isaiah 55:6-8, already quoted, says that IF you would seek God the sinner must
forsake HIS WAY, and turn to
GOD’S WAY. God’s
LAW is God’s
WAY—and sin, the transgression of His
Law—rebellion and disobedience—is YOUR
So now you forsake YOUR WAY—you forsake SIN or breaking His Law. You forsake breaking it by keeping it—OBEYING it. At least you try—you do it the very best you can.
LAW-KEEPING Won’t Justify!
But what do you find? YOU ARE STILL CUT
OFF FROM GOD!
Actually, as we shall see in a
moment, you can’t keep a spiritual law with a carnal mind. But, even if you
could, your OBEDIENCE now is
only what is required of you now! It
does not make up for PAST law-breaking.
That penalty still hangs over you. As we have seen, by being law-abiding
now, no flesh shall be
JUSTIFIED of past law-breaking! A man
convicted of committing murder last month does not erase his sentence by being
law-abiding this month. GET THAT STRAIGHT!
All the good works in the world—all the LAW-keeping-—cannot
JUSTIFY you of your past guilt.
Now where do you find yourself?
You are now submissive—obedient to God’s Law. is this necessary?
MOST ASSUREDLY IT IS! Does it
A THOUSAND TIMES NO!
NO!! NO!!! Where are
you now? You have forsaken your WAY—sin;
you have turned to GOD’S WAY—His Law.
AND YOU ARE STILL CUT OFF FROM GOD! Your works—your Law-keeping, while
certainly REQUIRED, still has not
JUSTIFIED past guilt— has not
RECONCILED you to
GOD. You still have
NO ACCESS WHATEVER to God.
And you have to gain access to
HIM in order to obtain His
GIFT of eternal
LIFE! I am trying to make this
PLAIN. I want all to
UNDERSTAND it, once for all!
After all this—after forsaking
SIN—turning to God’s
WAY, as He commands—keeping His Law— that
DEATH penalty for
past sins still hangs over you—the
PUNISHMENT is still
DEATH—and it is
ETERNAL punishment—death for all
ETERNITY! So your Bible teaches! Don’t
let anyone tell you we do not teach ETERNAL
PUNISHMENT. The BIBLE teaches
eternal punishment. We teach eternal punishment. That punishment,
YOUR Bible says, is not eternal
LIFE in a hell fife of endless
torture—not eternal punishing—eternal punishMENT—it
is DEATH for eternity—and God’s
LIFE for eternity! I want to make it
PLAIN. Don’t ever be confused about what we proclaim to the whole world.
The BIBLE is the truth, and we make it
The Bible says the punishment is
the second death—for eternity. It is
appointed to men once to die—but after that, the judgment (Heb. 9:27).
HOW? As in Adam
ALL die (sinners and saints alike), so in
Christ shall ALL be made alive—the same
ALL, sinners and saints both—who die the
first death (I Cor. 15:22-23). HOW? By a
resurrection (John 5:28-29)—there is to be a resurrection of the just and the
unjust—they that have done good, and they that have done evil. Read it and
believe what your Bible says! The unjust end up in a hell fire that shall burn
them up (II Pet. 3:10; Rev. 20:14-15: Mal. 4:1, 3), until they become ashes
under the feet of the saved! Read it. Believe what you read in your
So, where are you? Even with
your Commandment keeping which—make no mistake
God requires of you—still you are pretty helpless. You can’t give
yourself eternal life. You are doomed to die—and you are still cut off by sins
of the past from GOD, who,
only, has eternal life to
You are pretty helpless, aren’t
Well you have made a right start, even if you are still helpless.
And now you have made this right start, there
IS a way you may gain contact with God
who has ETERNAL LIFE to impart. God so
loved this world of sinners, cut off from Him, that He
GAVE His only begotten Son! Remember, God
GIVES eternal life through
Notice Romans 5:6-10: "For when
we were yet without strength in due time Christ died for the ungodly."
Jesus Christ never transgressed
God’s Law. He said, "I have KEPT my
Father’s Commandments" (John 15:10). He also said He set us an example that we
should do as He did. He never incurred the death penalty. He never cut Himself
off from God. When He voluntarily PAID the death penalty, He did not pay it for
any sins of His own—for there were none. He gave
HIS LIFE instead of YOURS! He paid
HE gave was that of the
MAKER of us all! God created all things
BY JESUS CHRIST (Eph. 3:9). All
things—including all humans—were MADE BY HIM
(John 1:1-3). Therefore the life He gave on the cross was greater than the
sum-total of ALL other human lives!
THAT is the life that died
FOR YOU—that paid
Now, continue in Romans 5:8-10:
"But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners,
Christ died for us. Much more. then, being now
justified by His blood..."
NOTICE! "Being NOW justified."
HOW? By your works—by your required
obedience to God’s Law? NO! By the blood
of CHRIST! If you have repented, and
accepted Jesus Christ as personal Saviour you are already
But right here is where so many
go off into error. They simply do not understand Biblical terms. "JUSTIFIED"
does not refer to the FUTURE—it has to do
only with your guilty PAST! This term
"justified" does not mean "saved" as we shall now see. It does not mean the
LIFE. It means the GIFT of
PAST GUILT! It means the penalty of
PAST sins has been paid in full, by
Christ, for YOU!
The law stood over you. It
claimed your life—you were under it. It took Christ’s life in payment instead of
yours. The PENALTY STANDS
PAID! You are no
longer UNDER the Law. It no longer has
claim over your life! You are now under GRACE—undeserved
PARDON. You are
PARDONED from paying the penalty, since
Jesus Christ paid it FOR you! This is not
YOUR WORKS. It is Christ’s
SACRIFICE. YOU ARE NOW ACQUITTED—JUSTIFIED—the
slate is wiped clean of a guilty past!
IN OTHER WORDS—the BARRIER between you and God has now been removed! You are now, by CHRIST’S SACRIFICE, given contact with GOD—reconciled to HIM!
So, continue: "Much more then, being now
justified by His blood, we SHALL BE SAVED
NOTICE IT! You are already JUSTIFIED.
Not by works, but by Christ’s blood! The PAST
is squared up—the penalty paid—the contact with God made.
BUT are you already
LOOK AT IT! It says "we SHALL BE
saved?’ Not that we already are saved.
It says "being now justified" but it does NOT
say "being now SAVED?’ It says "we
SHALL BE"—yes. in the
FUTURE— saved. That is still
FUTURE! SEE IT with your own eyes. Don’t
believe ME. Don’t believe preachers who
say you are already, now, saved! JUST BELIEVE
THESE PLAIN WORDS IN YOUR BIBLE!
IS real plain, isn’t it?
Now here comes a surprise.
Notice verse 10:
"For if, when we were enemies,
we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son Here, again, we
WERE RECONCILED—past tense. Not by your
works—by Christ’s DEATH. When you have
truly repented, forsaken your WAY, sought
God, accepted Christ as Saviour and His death
as payment for your past sins, you HAVE BEEN,
ALREADY, reconciled. So the wording here is
we were reconciled—past tense—to God by
the DEATH of His Son.
What was accomplished by Jesus’
death? It paid the PENALTY—it wiped out
your guilty PAST— justified you of your guilt—reconciled you to
GOD. But did it
DID IT? Wait—don’t just glibly say YES—see
with your own eyes what YOUR BIBLE says!
It says, continuing, same
sentence: "much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life?’
CAN YOU BELIEVE YOUR OWN EYES? There it is, in your own Bible!
Already reconciled, by Christ’s
death; but— "we
SAVED"—that is FUTURE tense. Not
yet saved—but we SHALL BE—in the future—
saved. Now are you going to be SAVED by
Christ’s DEATH? Can
There is no stronger law in
science than the law of bio-genesis which says
LIFE COMES ONLY FROM LIFE. Death cannot impart
HOW shall we—in
SAVED? By Christ’s death? No! Notice!
READ IT! "We shall be saved by HIS
After Christ died, God RAISED HIM BACK TO LIFE. We are saved by His resurrection—by HIS LIFE—by a LIVING SAVIOUR! Read I Cor. 15:14- 23.
You MEAN—"Not Under the Law?"
Now where do you stand? You are
now making progress. You now have real hope. You have repented—you have sought
God, forsaken YOUR
GOD’S WAY, as defined in His Law and all
through His Word. You have accepted Jesus Christ as personal Saviour, and His
shed blood for remission of sins. You are now reconciled to
GOD. You are justified of—FORGIVEN—your
guilty past. You are out from under the PENALTY
of broken law.
Now, we read the question: "What
shall we say, then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? (Rom. 6:1).
You are now under GRACE— undeserved
DEATH. You didn’t earn forgiveness—PARDON
from the death penalty. You received it BY GRACE
through Jesus Christ.
Now, shall you
CONTINUE IN SIN—that is, continue
transgressing the Law? The answer is
"God forbid" (Rom. 6:2).
UNDER THE LAW, when the law stood over you, claiming its penalty. When
Christ paid the penalty, and satisfied the claims of the law, you were no longer
under the law, but under GRACE. Now does
that mean you are not under obligation to obey
the law—that you have license to SIN—to
BREAK THE LAW? Remember sin
is the transgression of the law.
NOW READ THIS IN YOUR BIBLE!
"What then? shall we sin"—that
is, according to the BIBLE definition,
shall we break the Law— "because we are not under the law, but under grace? God
forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to
OBEY, his servants ye are to whom ye
OBEY; whether of sin"—breaking the
law—"unto DEATH"—penalty for disobedience
to God’s Law—"or of OBEDIENCE unto
righteousness? (Rom. 6:15-16.)
There it is! We
must not return to rebellion against
God’s inexorable law of LOVE—His right
way of life. If we do, we are again
under the law—again automatically sentenced to
DEATH! Jesus Christ did not die to give you license to continue in
lawbreaking. When you accept, by His grace, remission of sins,
it is only for sins
THAT ARE PAST! You
cannot obtain in advance remission of
all the lawlessness you might like to commit in
that in your Bible: "Being
justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ
Jesus: 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" (Romans 3:24-25).
We are justified only of
SINS THAT ARE PAST. We have remission
only of SINS THAT ARE PAST— not license
to break the Law in the future.
WHY do some religious people today teach that it is all right for
Christians to go right on breaking the Law? WHY
do they say that GRACE means
DISOBEY God’s Law? No wonder God found it
necessary, through Jude, to warn us to contend earnestly for the
FAITH ONCE DELIVERED to the saints by
Jesus Christ—for, as you’ll read in Jude 3-4, there are certain men crept in
unawares— deceiving people—TURNING GRACE INTO
LICENSE! They are the ones who accuse us of teaching "salvation by
Would a governor
PARDON a man convicted of murder so he
could continue murdering more and more people? God’s merciful
GRACE —is bestowed on us
because we have repented, with a sincere
desire to turn from our wicked ways of
lawlessness. If we are willing to live, from here on,
righteously, happily, as we should have
from the beginning, the merciful and loving God has been willing to
GIVE His Son Jesus Christ, who, in turn,
was willing to give His LIFE, to square
up our PAST law-breaking—to wipe the
slate clean, and give us, BY HIS MERCIFUL GRACE,
a fresh, clean start.
So, from here on,
OBEY—unto RIGHTEOUSNESS! (Rom.
cannot, of your own strength, keep the
spiritual Law spiritually.
Now let’s really understand that!
HOW You Get
Many religious people—many ordained ministers —will tell you, "It is
impossible to keep the Law?’ Are they
telling the truth? What does your Bible say?
NOTICE! Of the parents of John the Baptist, you will read: "And they were
both righteous before God, walking in all the
commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless" (Luke 1:6).
WHY, if it is impossible, did
Christ command that IF we would enter into life,
"KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS"? (Mat. 19:17.) Of
those who claim to "know the Lord," often using such sentimental religious
phrases as "Oh, how GOOD it is to know
the Lord," but who teach we should not keep the Commandments,
YOUR Bible says this: "He that saith, ‘I
know Him,’ and keepeth not His commandments, is a
LIAR, and the truth is not in him" (I
Yet you cannot, alone of
yourself, keep the Law spiritually! That
is not a contradiction. You can keep the literal letter, but not the spirit.
Let’s make that plain.
At the same time, we shall
explain HOW you
receive Eternal life—that is, HOW you
Back again, now, to
YOU! You have now gained contact with
God. You are mortal, possessing only a temporary chemical existence.
GOD ONLY has eternal life.
LIFE can come only
LIFE—not from death. Christ’s death
paid the penalty of your guilty PAST—it
reconciled you to GOD—gave you access
direct to God. But it did not give you
eternal LIFE—did not, yet,
save you! Now what?
Jesus Christ said it was
necessary for us mortal humans that He go to the Father’s throne in heaven (John
16:7) in order to send the Holy Spirit of God for us. This required the
resurrected LIVING Christ. So after His
resurrection, Jesus ascended to the throne of God that rules the entire universe
(Rev. 3:21). Then, some ten days later on the annual day of Pentecost the Holy
Spirit came to enter into the very minds
of all who had sincerely REPENTED of
their rebellion against God and His WAY,
and who had been reconciled to God—had gained access—by faith in Christ’s shed
blood for the remission of past sins (Acts 2:1-4).
These first disciples received
God’s Spirit through the work of the
Christ. The Spirit of the Father is also the Spirit of
CHRIST. Thus it actually was the living
Christ, Himself, entering into them—not in Person, but
IN SPIRIT! Christ is a
living Saviour who does
HIS saving work from
Now let’s get the connection.
IF the Holy Spirit of God actually DWELLS
within you, then as God raised Christ from the dead, He shall
ALSO make immortal ("quicken" means
energize—made eternally alive) your
mortal body BY His Spirit dwelling in you (Romans 8:11). But (verse 9), unless
His Spirit is actually IN you, you are
not a Christian—no matter how many churches you join!
God’s Holy Spirit is His LIFE. It imparts His LIFE to you! It imparts more, as we shall now see!
Doesn’t "Kid Himself"
One thing more, the Holy Spirit
is DIVINE, SPIRITUAL LOVE—the love of
GOD flowing into you from God
Almighty—through the living Christ! (Rom. 5:5.) Jesus explained how we should
come to HIM, and drink in of His Spirit,
like drinking in living water—and how
this same Holy Spirit would FLOW,
like a river of living water, on out
from us (John 7:37-39). Now let’s make all that
PLAIN AND CLEAR.
God’s Law is a law of
LOVE—love to God in reverence, worship
and obedience—love to neighbor in service, kindness, sharing,
to fulfill —to
PERFORM—the Law. You will read
that in Romans 13:10.
But, remember?—we saw, in Romans
7:14, that this Law is a SPIRITUAL Law.
Science knows only about PHYSICAL laws.
Humans are mortals— PHYSICAL. We were
born with a capacity only for PHYSICAL
love. The love of a parent for a child, a husband or wife for a mate, or even
relatives, friends, neighbors. We also are born with capacity for envy,
SPIRITUAL LAW can be fulfilled—
performed—spiritually kept and obeyed—ONLY BY
You were not born with that kind of love. You do not have, naturally, the kind
of love required to truly keep this great Spiritual Law!
You must go to
GOD to obtain
that kind of love. That is a love He
gives you through the living Christ.
That is HIS OWN LOVE. It emanates
directly from HIM.
Now UNDERSTAND! True righteousness is keeping "ALL THY COMMANDMENTS" (Psalm 119:172). It is performing God’s Spiritual Law with the SPIRITUAL LOVE which only GOD can supply.
You drink it in from Him—once
the contact is established. It pours on out from you like rivers of living
water. Water in a river flows in a certain
direction, guided by the river bed or channel.
GOD’S LAW is that river bed which guides
the flow—the expression—the
direction in which the divine love
flows! God’s Law is THE WAY of perfect
spiritual CHARACTER—the very character of
VERY SPIRIT by which God imparts to you
SALVATION—is also His own
LOVE which imparts to you
RIGHTEOUSNESS! It is no longer just YOU, in your own power and strength
"keeping the commandments"—it is, spiritually speaking, the living Christ
IN you, keeping His Father’s
Commandments—even as He kept them by this same divine love even while He was
human here on earth!
Can you brag, or boast, then,
about your righteousness? NO—IT IS NOT YOUR
RIGHTEOUSNESS—IT IS GOD’S! If Christ, by His
GRACE, erased your guilty past, gave you
access to God, and now pours forth into and through you the spiritual love that
keeps the Law, this is not your righteousness, but
And that is not YOUR
"WORKS"! It is nothing you earn!
God does not "kid Himself." Some
religious teachers tell you Christ lived a righteous life
FOR you almost 2,000 years ago, and since
you "can’t keep the Law," as they claim,
God "IMPUTES" Christ’s righteousness of
19 centuries ago to you— by sort of "kidding Himself’ that you are righteous,
while you are given license to still be a spiritual
CRIMINAL breaking His Law!
GOD does not impute to you something you
do not have.
Far from this—the living Christ by His power makes us righteous! He imparts to us power to actually BECOME RIGHTEOUS. It is HIS DOING!
WHY Not to
Once again, back to YOU!
Now where are we?
There are, first, two things
YOU must do. On that very day of
Pentecost after Christ had ascended to
heaven, many who had joined the mob crying out "CRUCIFY
HIM!" during Christ’s trial before Pilate, were conscience-stricken and
afraid, when they heard the inspired Peter’s sermon. They cried out, "WHAT
SHALL WE DO?" They, too, were helpless.
and BE BAPTIZED every one of you in the
name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye
SHALL RECEIVE THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT"
was the inspired answer (Acts 2:38).
Note it! Two things
YOUR WAY, by turning to GOD’s WAY—His
Law! You repent of sin. Sin is the transgression of the spiritual Law.
BE BAPTIZED. The Ethiopian eunuch, coming
to a lake of water, asked Philip what hindered him to be baptized. "IF
thou believest with all thine heart" was Philip’s condition (Acts 8:36-37).
Repentance is toward GOD, for the Law
comes from God, but FAITH is toward Jesus
Christ (Acts 20:21). Faith in Christ’s atonement for sin is
commanded to be expressed by
gains contact with God. That is as far
as you can go, on your own. You have
reached your extremity! So now GOD does
SHALL RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT.
This is God’s
GIFT. It is the presence, conditionally,
of Eternal Life.
And now if you faithfully follow
the way the Holy Spirit leads—you are
already a begotten SON OF GOD! "For as
many as are led by the Spirit of God,
they are the sons of God" (Romans 8:14).
now are we the sons of God, and it doth
not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he (Christ) shall
appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is" (I John 3:2).
GET IT STRAIGHT! You are now converted—a
changed person—for God’s Spirit (Eph.
4:23) produces a RENEWING of your mind.
Your whole concept and direction of life is
CHANGED. God’s Spirit is HIS VERY
LIFE imparted to you!
You are now a BEGOTTEN son of God.
does not yet appear what you
shall be. This Scripture does not say "where
you shall GO"—or "where
you shall BE." It is talking about a condition,
not a place: "WHAT we
shall be"! Salvation is a matter of
WHAT YOU BECOME—not
where you shall
go! God’s purpose is to
YOU—from your vile
character to HIS GLORIOUS CHARACTER—not
to change the PLACE where you are!
BUT—you are now already a
begotten SON of God—you may now call Him
long as you are LED by His
Spirit!—and no longer (Heb. 10:26-27).
And there are still some "IF’S."
You must GROW spiritually (II Pet. 3:18).
It is "To him that overcometh" that Christ will grant to sit with Him on
HIS throne, when He returns to earth
(Rev. 3:21). IF you overcome—overcome
your own carnal nature, the world and the devil—AND
KEEP CHRIST’S WORKS" (not your
own works, but CHRIST’S—by
HIS SPIRIT IN YOU) then you shall reign
and RULE ALL NATIONS with Him, in the
happy WORLD TOMORROW!
real Christian life is, truly, a life of
overcoming, spiritual growing—but it is the only
HAPPY LIFE—the ABUNDANT life—here
and now! Yet we must ENDURE and remain
steadfast—for it is he who ENDURES TO THE END
that shall be saved!
Read this in your
BIBLE—Matthew 10:22; 24:13; Mark 4:17;
John 6:27; 1 Cor. 9:24-27; Heb. 10:26-27.
So, finally, back again to
YOU! Where are we
now? You have been converted—changed
in mind, concept, attitude, direction of WAY
of life—you are begotten as a child of God—you have now eternal life abiding in
you—as long as you are LED by God’s
Spirit in God’s WAY—as long as you continue in contact and fellowship with God
(I John 1:3)—all by God’s GRACE as His
GIFT, and not anything you have earned by
your works; and now if you continue overcoming, growing spiritually—and
ALL THIS ACTUALLY THROUGH GOD’S POWER—you
shall INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD, and
IMMORTAL to live forever in happiness and joy!
This booklet has covered the
truth of how one may become a begotten
son of God.
There is a sequel booklet making
WHAT salvation is—WHEN we receive
it—WHAT one inherits—WHEN
and HOW one is "born
It is captioned "What do You Mean—BORN AGAIN?"
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