According to Each Person’s Deeds

1 Peter 1:13 ESV

“Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’ And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.”

You know, I don’t know how people can read the Scriptures and miss this. This kind of teaching is all throughout the teachings of Jesus and of the apostles. I don’t know how people can come up with a doctrine like that which is presently permeating the church in America. How can they say that we can make a one-time profession/confession of Jesus Christ that secures us salvation from sin and eternal life with God and then not teach holy living and obedience to the Lord Jesus? And some are opposing obedience to God.

The first thing this passage is teaching is progressive salvation. We are saved (past). We are being saved (present active). And we will be saved (future) when Jesus Christ returns and he takes his bride to be with him for eternity, on the condition that we walk no longer according to the flesh but according to the Spirit, and we do not make sin our practice, but obedience to Christ and righteousness are what we practice, steadfast to the end.

[Matt 24:9-14; Rom 6:1-23; Rom 8:1-24; Rom 13:11; 1 Co 1:18; 1 Co 15:1-2; 2 Tim 1:8-9; Heb 9:28; 1 Pet 1:5; Jn 8:31-32; Jn 15:1-12; Rom 11:17-24; Col 1:21-23; 2 Tim 2:10-13; Heb 3:6,14-15; 2 Pet 1:5-11; 2 Pet 2:20-22; 1 Jn 2:3-6,24-25; 1 Jn 3:4-10]

For this is why we need to prepare our minds for action, and why we need to be sober-minded (serious-minded) about God and his word, so that we can set our hope fully on the grace that will be brought to us who love God at the revelation of Jesus Christ, when he returns for us, his bride. And it is why we must be obedient children, and why we must not be conformed to the passions of our flesh and our past life. And this is why we must be holy in all our conduct. For we are all going to be judged by our deeds.

For if we do not walk in the fear of the Lord, and if we are not serious-minded about our relationships with Jesus Christ and about the teachings of the Scriptures and about obedience to our Lord’s commands (New Covenant), and if we are not living holy lives but we take God and his grace for granted, and so we continue in deliberate and habitual sin and in living our lives the way we want, then we don’t have the hope of eternal life with God nor do we have the guarantee of heaven when we die.

[Matt 7:21-23; Lu 9:23-26; Jn 6:35-58; Jn 15:1-11; Rom 1:18-32; Rom 2:6-8; Rom 6:1-23; Rom 8:1-14; 1 Co 6:9-10; 2 Co 5:10; Gal 5:16-21; Gal 6:7-8; Eph 5:3-6; Col 1:21-23; Col 3:5-11; 1 Jn 1:5-10; 1 Jn 2:3-6; 1 Jn 3:4-10; Heb 10:23-31; 1 Pet 1:17-21; Rev 21:8,27; Rev 22:14-15]

So, we need to be people of God who take God and his word seriously and who do not just cherry pick the Scriptures that make us feel good while we ignore the bulk of the Scriptures in the New Testament which tell us God’s requirements of us in the way of holy living if we are to be assured of eternal life with God and heaven as our eternal destiny. For Jesus said that not everyone who says to him, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one DOING the will of God the Father (Matthew 7:21-23).

So, we have to obey our Lord. There is no wiggle room out of that one. And we have to walk in righteousness and holiness and not in sin. No wiggle room on that one, either. Righteousness and obedience to our Lord must be our practice, and sin must not be our practice if we are going to inherit eternal life with God. It doesn’t mean we will never sin, but we should never use lack of perfection or “everyone sins” as an excuse for deliberate and habitual sin. For not everyone walks in sin and not in obedience to Christ.

So if we are to be holy in all our conduct, that means that we are to be separate (unlike, different) from the world because we are being conformed to the likeness of Christ, in our conduct (words, actions, and attitudes). And so we are no longer to be conformed to the sinful passions of the flesh as we were before we believed in Jesus. And we must take seriously that we are all going to be judged according to our deeds (Romans 2:6-8) and that a mere profession of faith in Jesus is not going to secure heaven for us.

For Jesus Christ did not die that painful death on that cross just to forgive us our sins and so that we can go to heaven when we die. He died that we might die with him to sin and live to him and to his righteousness. And he died to deliver us from our slavery (addiction) to sin and to empower us to live godly and holy lives in obedience to him. He died to transform us and to turn us from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God so we can receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those sanctified by faith in Jesus Christ (1 Peter 2:24; Rom 6:1-23; Rom 8:1-14; Acts 26:18).

[Matt 7:21-23; Matt 24:9-14; Lu 9:23-26; Rom 1:18-32; Rom 2:6-8; Rom 6:1-23; Rom 8:1-14,24; Rom 12:1-2; Rom 13:11; 1 Co 6:9-10,19-20; 2 Co 5:10,15,21; 1 Co 1:18; 1 Co 15:1-2; 2 Tim 1:8-9; Heb 9:28; 1 Pet 1:5; Gal 5:16-21; Gal 6:7-8; Eph 2:8-10; Eph 4:17-32; Eph 5:3-6; Col 1:21-23; Col 3:5-17; 1 Pet 2:24; Tit 2:11-14; 1 Jn 1:5-9; 1 Jn 2:3-6,24-25; 1 Jn 3:4-10; Heb 3:6,14-15; Heb 10:23-31; Heb 12:1-2; Rev 21:8,27; Rev 22:14-15]

Praise the “I AM!”

An Original Work / February 24, 2012

Jesus, my Savior, full of compassion,
Glorious in power, mighty in strength;
Gracious Redeemer, mighty deliv’rer,
My heart adores Him. Praise to His name!
Perfect salvation my Lord provided
When He died for my sins on a tree;
Crucified my sins; conquered in vict’ry,
When He arose, so I could be free!

I am so thankful for His forgiveness;
Grateful that He chose to pardon me,
Giving me new life full in His Spirit,
So I can serve Him; His servant be!
Walking in daily fellowship with Him,
Obeying Him whate’er He commands;
Forsaking my sins, living in freedom,
I will endure with Him to the end!

He gives me peace and calm reassurance
In times of sorrow, or in distress.
His grace is sure, and oh, how sufficient
To meet me in my need for sweet rest.
Oh, how I love You, Jesus, my Savior.
My heart longs for You where’er I am.
Your word is precious; speaks to my spirit;
Brings comfort, healing. Praise the “I AM!”

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