Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Law - The Foundation Of Our Salvation (SD20)

Col 2:16-17  So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.

Our Lord Jesus by His grace and love for mankind, offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice by sufferings at the hands of men till His death on the cross in order to satisfy the requirements of God's covenant.

1Cor 3:10-11  According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

At our salvation, God gave us the Holy Spirit as His seal of salvation, thus making our bodies the temples of God. Since each of us must build our own holy temple, we must build them on the foundation of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Heb 8:4-5  For if He were on earth, He would not be a priest, since there are priests who offer the gifts according to the law; who serve the copy and shadow of the heavenly things, as Moses was divinely instructed when he was about to make the tabernacle. For He said, “See that you make all things according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.”

God was very particular in the manner the tabernacle was built. Similarly, to build His holy temples, we must follow all the instructions, words, commandments, teachings, etc. of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Col 2:6-8  As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.

Basic Foundation of being Saved

If we believe, accept and confess the gospel of Jesus Christ, then we are saved or born-again with the Holy Spirit dwelling in us. The following is the gospel of Jesus Christ -

'We are sinners and that God so love the world that He sent His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to be made flesh. Because of Jesus' love for us, He offered Himself to suffer under the hands of men until death. At the cross He became the propitiation of our sins for being the sacrificial Lamb of God. Having paid for our sins with His own blood, He descended to Hades to overcome death and on the third day He rose from the dead and gave us the Holy Spirit as His seal. He ascended to the Father in heaven and is glorified.'

All those who had not believed nor confessed any of the followings may not be saved nor born-again:-
  1. We are sinners
  2. Jesus was the Lamb of God.
  3. Propitiation of our sins by His death
  4. Saved from eternal judgment
  5. His resurrection
  6. Indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
Some of the heresies today are:-
  1. No need to confess our sins
  2. Jesus teachings are laws
  3. No need to follow Jesus' words
  4. Once saved always saved.
  5. We are gods
  6. Poverty is a curse
Brethren, all those unsaved and heretics will not know how to build His temple for they are completely in darkness being trapped by the deceitfulness of the riches of this world, pride, arrogance, power, etc.