|Romans 2:7 |
7 To those who by perseverance in good works,2 seek for glory, honor, and immortality, he will give eternal life. [Remember this verse. In order to protect their make-believe Christianity, Christendom deliberately ignores this verse; they ignore the distinction between works of the law and good works. Works of the law count for nothing. Works of the law are the cereal offering, the lamb offering, the bull offering, washings, not eating certain foods, circumcision, tithing, sabbaths, celebration of days, festivals, etc.; these are dead works of the law, decided when to be done by the carnal mind and will of man. Good works are works of love for God and your fellow man, beginning with repentance from evil, which is love of the truth.]
2 So here Paul tells us that perseverance in good works is required for eternal life. The misunderstanding of Paul's letters is the source of the false gospel of instant salvation by "grace." Of course we are saved by grace, eventually — but not instantly on saying some standard prayer or getting wet. You must crucify your selfish nature on the inward cross of self-denial, as Paul did to obtain salvation. Works without faith are without being commanded to be done by God; they are dead works done in the will of man; and they count for nothing. You cannot be justified without faith in Christ, who enlightens all men in the world. But faith without works, also counts for nothing. You cannot just say "I believe" and live in your sinful nature without obedience. Works of love energized by faith, are esteemed and required by God. Peter warned that people were misunderstanding Paul's letters 2000 years ago and twisting them to their own destruction, and told them not be led astray by the error of the wicked, 2 Peter 3:15-18. The error of the wicked is presumption of salvation, rather than them to experience being delivered from sin; the error made by those who twist Paul's letters to excuse wickedness by a presumed grace that licenses them to continue sinning without penalty until death. From the Word of the Lord within: "Abraham willingly exposed himself to God's commands." So too we must wait on God, watch, and silently listen for His commands to us. Hope motivates us to expose ourselves to the commands of God; we are saved through faith, which is belief in what we hear; the evidence of faith is obedience to what is heard; the evidence of obedience is works as heard commanded from God. We are judged, not on faith, but on works or deeds.