Because of Disobedience

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“Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it. For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened.” Hebrews 4:1-2 ESV

The Exchange

When Jesus Christ died on a cross for our sins, there was an exchange that took place. He exchanged his life for our freedom from slavery to sin, and for our union (oneness; bond) with God, whereby we, by faith in him, are now God’s possession, that we might be for the praise of his glory.

He exchanged death for life, and sin (wickedness) for righteousness, the flesh for the Spirit, the old life of sin for the new life in the Spirit, and the old walk (lifestyle) according to the flesh for a new walk according to the Spirit.

He who knew no sin, thus, became sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God, in order that our lives would no longer be lived for our flesh, but for the glory of God; that we might no longer live for ourselves, but for him who gave his life up for us (1 Co. 6:20; 2 Co. 5:15, 21).

The exchange that took place on that cross made it possible for us to be turned from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that we might receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those sanctified by faith in Jesus Christ. For, he died on that cross, not just to forgive us our sins, but to deliver us from our bondage to sin, and to empower us to live godly lives in Him (Rom. 6:1-23; Rom. 8:1-17; Eph. 4:17-24; 1 Jn. 1:5-9; Acts 26:18).

So, this exchange was/is being powered by God, and by his righteousness and holiness, and by what is honorable, virtuous, upright, moral and decent.

The Shift

But, somewhere along the way, a shift took place, and this exchange was muddied, and now it was being powered by the flesh and by Satan and by the aristocrats of the world, i.e. by government by a small privileged class of people, who are the wealthy and powerful of the world, of the beast, of the New World Order – a shadow government which is ruling the world.

Thus, the exchange (God’s plan of salvation), as it is now largely being presented to the masses, is being powered by unrighteousness, wickedness, dishonor, immorality, moral filth and indecency, i.e. it is of the flesh of man.

So, it isn’t the exchange that Jesus provided that is being driven by the flesh and by these aristocrats, but it is a cheap substitute for God’s true grace which is being presented to the masses, and which the majority of people appear to be accepting, at least here in America.

So, the exchange Jesus provided, which exchanges darkness for light and death for life, via Jesus’ death and resurrection, is not what is largely being pushed and promoted these days. What is largely being presented is really darkness for more darkness and death for more death, but it is disguised to appear as though one is receiving light and life in the Spirit of God.

But, this muddied exchange crosses over God’s righteous boundaries which he set up for our good. For, they not only lowered God’s boundary line, but they pretty much wiped it out entirely. Instead of a move toward moral purity and uprightness, it has been a move toward what is immoral and of the flesh. For, this “new” exchange sets no boundaries, for it requires no repentance, no walks of obedience, and no submission to Christ and to his cross (in death to sin, and in living to righteousness).

Thus, this “exchange” that took place on the cross, but that has been muddied and altered to appeal to the flesh, is not of the Spirit of God, but is absent of the Spirit of God, and thus it saves no one from his sins and it cannot promise anyone the hope of eternal life with God. Instead, it condemns its followers to continued lifestyles of sin and to hell’s fury.

United by Faith

Now, those who are promoting this cheap substitute for God’s true grace will tell you that they have faith in Jesus Christ, and that only faith is required of them. But, the faith they have is of the flesh of man, for it does not submit to Christ as Lord, it does not turn away from sinful lifestyles, and it doesn’t walk in obedience to Christ, for they believe they don’t have to.

So, this man-made exchange from death to life in Christ Jesus, via faith in Jesus Christ, is not set apart from the world and unto God, but it is set apart from God and unto the world. For, it is separate from God’s divine plan and purpose for our lives. It is apart from his holiness and righteousness. And, it is closed off from the Holy Spirit’s power and influence and control over one’s life. And, it is under the influence and control of the flesh, instead.

It has not made a covenant with God or with life everlasting, but it has made a covenant with death and eternal damnation. For, it refuses to submit to Christ as Lord, to repent of sin, and to walk according to God’s commands.

And, it is being adopted widely by the immature who are driven by the flesh, and who want to continue in their fleshliness without guilt and remorse.

But, true faith in Jesus Christ, as taught by Jesus and by his New Testament apostles, submits to Christ as Lord. For, faith in Jesus is gifted to us by God, and so it turns from sin and it turns to walk in obedience to our Lord God (Rom. 6:1-23; Rom. 8:1-17; 1 Jn. 1:5-9; Eph. 4:17-24; 1 Pet. 2:24).

Since therefore it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly received the good news failed to enter because of disobedience, again he appoints a certain day, “Today,” saying through David so long afterward, in the words already quoted,

“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts.”
Hebrews 4:6-7 ESV

So, why do some fail to enter into God’s eternal rest? Because of disobedience. And, they disobeyed because they hardened their hearts against God’s commands, and they refused to do what he told them to do, but they went their own way, instead. And, they followed after the gods of this world, and after their flesh. And, that is exactly what is happening with this cheap grace gospel, too, i.e. this muddied exchange of death for life.

“Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” Hebrews 4:11-13 ESV

We need to take this to heart. We are not going to have eternal life with God if the “faith” we profess in Jesus Christ is not of God, but of the flesh, and thus it does not submit to Jesus as Lord, and thus it does not repent of sin or walk in obedience to our Lord’s commands. True faith in Jesus Christ walks in obedience to our Lord’s commands, not perfectly, necessarily, but consistently, habitually, and empowered by God and his righteousness.

Our Lord does not ignore our sin just because we believe in him. If he did, then we could throw out most of the New Testament, for most of the New Testament is written to the church, to true (or professed) believers in Jesus Christ, warning them against falling away, and against going back to sinful practices, and against living in adultery and returning to lifestyles of sin.

And, the New Testament is loaded with instructions to the church regarding walking in holiness, righteousness, purity, and faithfulness, etc.

So, if God can no longer see our sin, then how could he know to warn us against what we are doing that is wrong? And then this scripture, too, would be a lie, for it says that the Word of God discerns the thoughts and the intentions of the heart, and that none of us are hidden from God’s sight, but we are all exposed to his eyes, and we must all give an account to him for how we lived our lives on this earth. And, that means ALL of us.

So, take that seriously, for we are all going to be judged by what we do, not by what we profess with our lips (See: Rom. 2:6-8; Gal. 6:7-8; Rom. 8:1-17; 1 Jn. 1:5-9; Gal. 5:16-21; Eph. 5:3-6; Lu. 9:23-26, etc.).

Abide With Me

Henry F. Lyte / William H. Monk

Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide.
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.

Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day;
Earth’s joys grow dim; its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see;
O Thou who changest not, abide with me.

I need Thy presence every passing hour.
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter’s power?
Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.

I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.
Where is death’s sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.

Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies.
Heaven’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

 

13 thoughts on “Because of Disobedience

  1. I was listening to a video and the lady explained that faith only God sees but works are something we can see. Scripture says we will know them by their fruits. I liked that explanation for faith in Jesus is how we can accept salvation because He did it for us, our works mattee not regarding receiving salvation. But we will know if people are in Jesus or not by the fruit that comes from them. Your post reminded me of this.

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    • T.R., I am not totally following you here, but I agree that people will be able to see our works. They will know we are Christians by our love. But, God definitely sees our works (Rev. 2-3, as one example), and we will be judged by our works – see: https://runwithit.blog/2020/01/09/that-wont-ignore-his-sacrifice/.

      Regarding salvation, the works of the Spirit in our lives, which we are called to do, and which God prepared in advance that we should do, do matter to our salvation. We are not saved by works of the flesh, but the works of the Spirit that we do in the power of God’s Spirit living within us are essential to our salvation and to our eternal life with God (Rom. 8:1-17; Gal. 6:7-8; Rom. 2:6-8; 1 Jn. 1:5-9; 1 Jn. 2:3-6; etc.).

      Remember that receiving salvation won’t fully happen until Jesus returns and our salvation is complete. That is why the scriptures say we must walk (in practice) according to the Spirit if we want to have eternal life with God, and if we walk (in practice) according to the flesh we won’t have eternal life with God. So, what we do matters regarding the receiving of our salvation when Christ returns, for what we do is the fruit that reveals whether or not our faith in Jesus Christ is genuine.

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      • Absolutely agree! I was having am issue wording what I wanted, sorry for the confusion! I’ll grab the video I was mentioning. Melissa was helping people understand the scripture in James about faith and works, and people’s confusion thinking works (what we do) earns salvation.

        Yes, salvation is in all tenses. 🙂

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      • Yes, we are not saved by works of the flesh. There is nothing that we can do in ourselves to earn or to deserve our own salvation. But, the works God has given to us to do are part of our salvation, for they are of the Spirit of God, but we must do them, we must obey, we must turn away from our sins and walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh if we want to have eternal life with God. They are the fruit of the Spirit in our lives. And, there is a lot of confusion over this, for many people are equating obedience and repentance as trying to earn our salvation, which they are not. They are the result of our salvation, and they are of God, not of our flesh. So, if we don’t turn away from our sins, and if we don’t obey our Lord, then scripture says we don’t know God, that he doesn’t know us, and that we don’t have eternal life with God. So, one is of the flesh, trying to earn our salvation on our own terms, like the Pharisees, but the other is the fruit of the Spirit in our lives which shows if we are truly in Christ or not. And, it comes about via submission to Christ, not trying to work our own way to heaven on our own terms.

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      • T.R. I watched the whole video. I found her continual changes in her hair to be distracting. It was drawing attention to her. That bothered me.

        I agree with a lot of what she says, but there are parts I don’t feel comfortable with. I don’t get this whole thing of only God sees our faith but people can see our works. What the scriptures teach is that our fruit is evidence of our faith, so that is people seeing our faith, our faith at work. She doesn’t explain what faith is other than she does differentiate between dead faith, which is not true faith, and true faith, which she says results in hearts that want to obey God. But, the faith that it takes to believe in Jesus to begin with is not absent of us having to “do” something. We have to turn away from our sinful lifestyles and turn to follow Jesus Christ in obedience. We have to die with Christ to sin and self, allow the Spirit of God to transform us in heart and mind, and we have to submit to the Lord and his rule over our lives or we couldn’t even be filled with the Spirit. We can’t get the Spirit if we are not willing to submit to Christ as Lord.

        And, the faith to believe in Jesus is not human faith, it is God-given faith, so it submits to Christ, and it obeys Christ, and it leaves lifestyles of sin behind. Believing in Jesus is obedience, it is submission, and it is repentance, and those things are visible to others. Faith is not an emotion or a feeling. If we truly have faith, it will be evident. But, it is true that only God can see what is in our hearts.

        But, I agree that dead faith is not saving faith, and that true faith results in wanting to obey the Lord, and if people say they believe in Jesus, but they don’t want to obey him, or they even believe they don’t have to obey him and that they can continue living in sin, that is not true faith. That is dead faith.

        But, also faith is ongoing, and our salvation is ongoing, too, for we have been saved, are being saved and will be saved when Christ returns. So, we aren’t saved by some initial decision to receive Christ, but by enduring faith that bears fruit for God’s eternal kingdom, for we are all going to be judged by our works, by what we do. So, people didn’t just see Abraham’s works. They saw his faith, for his faith was evident by what he did, just like love is not an emotion, but it is what we do. So, I agree with her in part, but not in whole. But I am glad she is teaching that if we don’t obey Christ that is not true faith.

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      • Love your additions and clarity!

        I’ve seen multiple videos of her and I believe she had touched on a lot of what you’ve said in other videos or discussions with other believers. I appreciated the simplicity she gave. Her focus is on those who are following false teachings and new believers, so some of her simplicity, in some topics at least, relate to those who are on the milk I think.

        There is so much to chew on when it comes to faith, salvation, works and understanding them correctly. Eventually, I want to do my own study and post on this, too. So her video for me was really to help get some basic perspective of what to keep in mind.

        Your response is beautiful in making sure we do take it further and help people understand how works are important. They just don’t take away what Jesus did on the cross. ❤ Thank you so much for taking the time to look over the video! I really appreciate it and your feedback!

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      • T.R. Thank you. No, nothing takes away from what Jesus did on the cross, but what he did was he died that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. He died that we might be delivered from our slavery to sin and that he might empower us to walk in his righteousness by his Spirit. His grace to us is not just forgiveness of sins and the promise of heaven when we die, but it is freedom from our bondage to sin, and it is empowerment of the Spirit of God to walk in his holiness and to live lives which are pleasing to God.

        And, this is where a lot of people are being fed lies, because they think that Jesus’ death on the cross and his grace just forgive us our sins and promise us heaven, but truly his death and his grace make it possible for us to die to our old lives of sin and to live for God and his righteousness, and that is part of our saving faith.

        In the Old Testament, God chided the Jews often because they did works in their flesh (not the works of the Spirit) thinking God should be pleased with them while they were engaged in all sorts of wickedness. They thought the externals would be good enough to secure them heaven but their hearts were far from God. They were not surrendered to him, but they were still living for the flesh, but they were putting on a false front of righteousness by doing the “externals” while they ignored the internals and the eternals.

        But, externals have nothing to do with our salvation. Those are the works of the flesh. And, those are what some people, like the Jews of old, do, thinking it will earn them their way to heaven.

        But, obedience, submission and repentance are of the Spirit of God, empowered by the Spirit of God, and they are part of our saving faith, so they are not trying to earn salvation by works.

        And, I know I am probably repeating myself. Old age and late at night. 🙂

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      • ❤ Well, somethings are worth repeating, that's why we reread scripture over and over again. Psalm 6 tells us to bind the law to our heart and to our neck because it instructs us and helps stay away from temptations. I think your explanation is perfect and I know you were quoting scriptures 🙂

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