YOUR OWN WORKS
ABEL verses CAIN
Let us begin this study in God's word by reading Hebrews 11:4, which says,
Now some Christians have taken this verse and have tried to make it say that RIGHTEOUSNESS come through FAITH ALONE and NOT by any WORKS that we may DO, because Bible clearly tells us in Ephesians 2:8,9 that we are saved by GRACE through FAITH and NOT by WORKS lest any man should BOAST.
But what do these verses of scripture TRULY mean in the LIGHT of the WHOLE word of Almighty God. Do we obtain SALVATION and ETERNAL LIFE by or through FAITH ALONE? This is a very important question that MUST be answered based upon the WHOLE word of TRUTH and must NOT be answered based upon a few verses taken out of context and viewed ALONE and APART from the WHOLE word of God, because there are some Christians being DECEIVED into THINKING that they are SAVED and are offering a sacrifice that is ACCEPTABLE to God, when in reality they are like CAIN whose sacrifice was REJECTED by God.
Already I can hear the arguments going through some of your minds, "Wait a minute brother", you may be saying, "we are NOT saved by any SACRIFICES that we offer, because Jesus was our SACRIFICE. All that SACRIFICING was in the Old Testament."
Yes, I fully realize that the WORKS of the LAW in the offering of SACRIFICES has been nailed to the cross of our Lord and savior Jesus the Christ, but the New Testament still REQUIRES us to OFFER the SACRIFICE of our BODIES by LIVING a Holy and BLAMELESS life before God in LOVE. Please read Romans 12:1,2 which says,
The bottom line here is that we are talking about being ACCEPTED by Almighty God in the END, when we shall have nothing but the WORD of God to JUDGE us in the last day. What IS God's WILL for us? If we do NOT believe and DO God's WILL, then will we in the END be ACCEPTED by God, OR will we be REJECTED like CAIN, who offered his OWN sacrifice in his OWN WAY that he THOUGHT would be ACCEPTED, but instead was REJECTED by God, BECAUSE he did NOT TRUST and BELIEVE the WORDS of God and DO what God REQUIRED of him as his brother Abel DID. And of Abel and his SACRIFICE that he did by FAITH TRUSTING and BELIEVING God's WORDS and INSTRUCTIONS on HOW to offer a SACRIFICE was not this SACRIFICE of OBEDIENCE PLEASING and ACCEPTABLE to God?
You see my dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, BOTH brothers Cain and Abel were required by God to offer SACRIFICES and it should be clear from the word of God that Almighty God INSTRUCTED them BOTH on HOW these SACRIFICES should be offered. And yet one made the CHOICE to BELIEVE and TRUST in God's WORDS and INSTRUCTIONS and offer his sacrifice God's WAY, and the other one made the CHOICE to do things his OWN WAY thinking perhaps to himself what is the difference a sacrifice is a sacrifice. Who knows what was going on in Cains mind when he DISOBEYED God and offered a sacrifice that Cain obviously KNEW would NOT be ACCEPTED by God.
Now you may be thinking, "why would Cain disobey God, when he KNEW that what he was doing would NOT please God and would be REJECT by God. Why would Cain KNOWINGLY DISOBEY God KNOWING that his sacrifice would be REJECT. How dumb is that."
Well then, how dumb is it for US, as Christian who KNOW that it
is NOT God's WILL for us, to give into the temptation of the devil and
SIN, and yet some of us STILL go right ahead and offer this UNACCEPTABLE sacrifice, so to speak,
unto Almighty God who has PLAINLY told us in his WORD that the wages
of SIN is DEATH and the soul that SINS it shall DIE? Christians KNOW
what is ACCEPTABLE and what WORKS will be REJECTED by God, and
yet some make excuses and go right on doing things their OWN WAY just
like Cain did. I want to WARN you my dear brothers and sisters in our
Lord Jesus Christ just as Almighty God himself WARNED Cain that if he
did not MASTER this evil one, this tempter, this SIN that sought to devour him, then he would
be OVERCOME by the enemy and would be cast out and ultimately destroyed.
Let us go back to Genesis and read were Almighty God WARNS Cain to get control of this evil INFLUENCE in his life lest it destroy him in the end. Please read Genesis 4:7 from several different translations in order for you to see that YOU must MASTER, SUBDUE, GET CONTROL OF, and RULE OVER the SIN that wants to DESTROY your life.
Here is Genesis 4:7 from the New living Translation,
"You will be ACCEPTED IF you respond in the right way. But if you REFUSE to respond CORRECTLY, then watch out! SIN is waiting to attack and destroy you, and YOU must SUBDUE it (or YOU yourself MUST without fail SUBDUE the temptation to SIN, because SIN is waiting and seeking whom is may devour. Sin wants to attack and DESTROY you, and if YOU do not SUBDUE IT, the IT will SUBDUE you. SO don't keep REFUSING to respond CORRECTLY by TRUSTING and OBEYING what I told you to DO, for IF you respond in the RIGHT way in OBEDIENCE to what I told you to DO, then you will be ACCEPTED)."
Almighty God is WARNING Cain and US that if we do NOT MASTER and RULE OVER these temptations that the evil one brings to us to try and devour us, then we will be overcome by the enemy and separated from God for eternity, IF SO BE we do not REPENT and get back into right relationship with God. Here is this same verse again Genesis 4:7 from the God's Word Translation,
"If you do WELL (or that which is GOOD and RIGHTEOUS), won't you be ACCEPTED? But if you don't do well, SIN is lying outside your door ready to attack. It (or SIN) wants to control you, BUT YOU must MASTER it (in other words. God is saying to us, YOU must MASTER sin I am not going to do it FOR you. I have told you what YOU must DO so TRUST me when I tell you that SIN shall NOT have DOMINION OVER YOU, but YOU shall have DOMINION OVER SIN, therefore get CONTROL of these LUSTS in your life that desire to control you before they destroy you. DO that which is RIGHT, GOOD, And WELL and you will be ACCEPTED, but is you REFUSE to OBEY my WORDS and DO that which is WRONG, NOT GOOD, and EVIL, then you will be REJECTED, therefore MASTER the SIN that desire to control and DESTROY you)."
Can you not see my dear brothers and sister in the Lord, that Almighty God is WARNING us to OVERCOME SIN in our lives and that we are to PRESENT our BODIES as a LIVING SACRIFICE, HOLY and ACCEPTABLE to God which is our reasonable service. Let us read this verse in Romans 12:1,2 again and take a CLOSER look at WHY it is our REASONABLE SERVICE to LIVE a HOLY LIFE WITHOUT SIN before Almighty God in LOVE.
The word "REASONABLE" is translated from the Greek word "logikos", which means spiritual, logical and reasonable. Now the word "REASONABLE" means capable of reasoning or able to understand. In other words, something that makes sense or is logical. Something reasonable is governed by sound thinking. This word "reasonable" also means NOT EXTREME, or NOT EXCESSIVE, but rather MODERATE, easy to bear, and NOT BURDENSOME or too heavy.
Now does it not sound LOGICAL and REASONABLE to you that Almighty God would offer to mankind a FREE GIFT of canceling ALL the past debt of each and every man, and all you must to do to in order to accept this FREE GIFT of having ALL your past SINS forgiven you and never to be remember against you ever again is to REPENT of your SINS and ask for God to HELP you LIVE a LIFE that is PLEASING to him. Does it not seem REASONABLE to you that OBEYING God's REQUIREMENT to DO his COMMANDMENTS, which the word of God plainly teaches us are NOT GRIEVOUS or too BURDENSOME to bear in not such a bad deal to have all your past SINS wiped clean away.
Do you think this is TOO MUCH for God to require of you for you to PROVE to God that you LOVE him by simply OBEYING what he REQUIRES of you to DO? You say you BELIEVE and yet you continue to SIN, when the Bible teaches us that the JUST shall LIVE by FAITH. So why then do you NOT BELIEVE and TRUST in God's WORD that plainly and clearly teaches us that Almighty God will NOT ALLOW us to be tempted ABOVE that which we are ABLE to bear. Why do you REFUSE to DO that which is RIGHT in order to be ACCEPTED of God and accounted worthy to have RIGHT to partake of the tree of life in the world to come.
The word of TRUTH teaches us that it is our REASONABLE SERVICE. A SERVICE or DUTY, which is NOT too excessive or burdensome to bear.
So why then do some Christians try to reason away their REASONABLE SERVICE by saying and teaching that they are reprobate and sinners saved by GRACE ALONE, and that they have INHERITED a SIN NATURE, which CAUSES them to SIN. Therefore they say they SIN, because it is their human SINFUL NATURE that they were BORN with and it is their NATURE to do so.
The TRUTH of the matter is that the word of God teaches us that we are a NEW CREATURE created IN Christ Jesus for the very PURPOSE of DOING GOOD WORKS of RIGHTEOUSNESS, and that the OLD MAN, that OLD NATURE is PAST AWAY and behold, or look and see, all things have become NEW. Where is your FAITH my dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, ARISE SHINE for the light is come, start being a DOING of the word, instead of a hearer only whereby you are DECEIVING your OWN self. We are commanded to walk in the light even as Jesus is in the light and THEN the blood of Jesus will continually cleanse us from all our sin.
Start BELIEVING that the GREATER one lives WITHIN you and that he is GREATER than your enemy that is the god of this world. Satan is NOT you god any more. Sin has NO more DOMINION OVER YOU. You have been set FREE from the bondage of sin in order to WALK in RIGHTEOUSNESS, which is your REASONABLE SERVICE. However, YOU yourself must MASTER and SUBDUE that which tempts you to sin, and IF you do NOT and you SIN, then you will NOT be ACCEPTED of God. You are NOT DOING that which PLEASES him.
So let us talk about SERVICE and DUTY. Ecclesiastes 12:13,14 says this about what our DUTY is to Almighty God.
If you THINK that our WORKS play absolutely no part in our RECEIVING or OBTAINING ETERNAL LIFE in the world to COME, then you must not be reading and studying the word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible, because the message of WORKS is found from cover to cover.
The false gospel of easy believe-ism that is being taught in the mainstream church today is leading some Christians to FALSELY believe that all they have to do in order to be saved AND receive ETERNAL LIFE is to confess that they are sinners and accept Jesus as their savior and then they are SAVED, home free, totally secure and can never ever loose their salvation no matter what! They are being DECEIVED into FALSELY believing that they may loose a few REWARDS, but that they can NEVER EVER LOSE their SALVATION no matter what. And they base this easy believe-ism gospel on the FALSE reasoning that because salvation is a FREE GIFT from God that CANNOT be EARNED by our OWN GOOD WORKS, then therefore God would never take away this FREE GIFT that he desires and wills for all of mankind to receive. Then they go on to REASON and say, why that would be just stupid to even think that God would GIVE you a FREE GIFT that you did NOT earn in any way shape or form by any GOOD WORKS that you have done and then for God to turn around and TAKE AWAY that FREE GIFT that your did NOT EARN, just because you are NOT doing GOOD WORKS after you have been SAVED. Then they claim that GOOD WORKS are simply fruit that come from or follow being SAVED. Then they FALSELY maintain, yes we should try and do good works, but our SALVATION is NOT dependent upon our DOING GOOD WORKS.
But what does the WHOLE word of God have to say on this matter of our doing GOOD WORKS of RIGHTEOUSNESS as a CONDITION that MUST WITHOUT FAIL be MET in order to OBTAIN eternal life in the world to COME?
Are we saved the moment we confess our sins and can NEVER EVER LOOSE our salvation not matter what?
Are we saved the moment we confess our sins and then enter into a covenant relationship with Almighty God whereby we MUST WITHOUT FAIL DO GOOD WORKS of RIGHTEOUSNESS in order to OBTAIN the PROMISE of ETERNAL LIFE in the world to COME as our REWARD for our OBEDIENCE to DO all God REQUIRES of us to DO?
Let Us see what the WHOLE word of TRUTH has to say on this matter. Now in this study I will only be dealing with ONE side of this issue and not really in an in-depth manner. If you desire to hear ALL the evidence from BOTH sides of this highly controversial subject, then please read the study entitled "DOES THE BIBLE TEACH THAT ONCE YOU ARE SAVED YOU ARE ALWAYS SAVED?"
But for now I would like you to read Hebrews 12:24-29, which says,
Now ask yourself the question what is the PURPOSE of Almighty God giving or extending his GRACE to mankind? Please read Titus 2:11,12 which says,
12. TEACHING US that, DENYING
ungodliness and worldly lusts,
we should LIVE
and GODLY, IN this PRESENT world;" (WHY? Why does God desire us to LIVE a HOLY, GOLDY and RIGHTEOUS lefe before him in LOVE? BECAUSE this is the WAY to the Father! Jesus said I am the WAY and no one come unto the Father except by me. Jesus LIVED his LIFE WITHOUT SIN and our EXAMPLE to FOLLOW. The LIFE Jesus LIVED is the WAY to the Father. Please read the study entitled "I AM THE WAY", WHAT DOES JESUS MEAN?" for a deeper understanding on this subject)
But for now let us read this passage of scripture again from Titus 2:9-15 from the New Living Translation, which shows that we are bought with a price and are no longer our own, but slaves of SERVANTS of God that have no choice but to OBEY, IF SO BE that we want to OBTAIN the PROMISE of ETERNAL LIFE in the end.
Jesus tells us in John 8:31-36 that IF we CONTINUE in his word, THEN are we his DISCIPLES indeed. And then Jesus goes on to say that IF we CONTINUE in his word we shall KNOW the TRUTH and the TRUTH shall MAKE us FREE from SIN.
So then, do YOU truly BELIEVE that the Son of the living
God MADE YOU FREE from SIN? The just shall LIVE by FAITH! If you TRULY BELIEVE and have FAITH in the WORDS of Jesus, then you will LIVE your FAITH! You will PROVE God's WORD to be TRUE in your LIFE. You will STOP sinning and MASTER or RULE OVER the temptations of the enemy of your soul that seeks to devour you.
Please read Romans 6:1-23, which clearly teaches us that we were MADE FREE from SIN in order to LIVE RIGHTEOUSLY before God, and that it is NOT an OPTION, because the WAGES of SIN is DEATH, but the GIFT of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.
13. Neither yield you your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
19. I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.
Do you BELIEVE God's WORD? Do you BELIEVE that your are FREED fro SIN? Do you BELIEVE that SIN shall NOT have DOMINION OVER YOU?"
THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH !
Are you LIVING by FAITH? Are you BELIEVING God's WORD that teaches you that the GREATER ONE LIVES WITHIN YOU to EMPOWER you to OVERCOME the enemy. Do not think for one minute that you can do this in your OWN strength. It is by FAITH that we OVERCOME. So then, do YOU BELIEVE? If so, then you should be LIVING WITHOUT SIN in your LIFE, because God's word teaches us that God will NOT ALLOW us to be tempted ABOVE that which we are ABLE to BEAR.
So again do you BELIEVE God's WORD of TRUTH that SIN shall NOT have DOMINION OVER YOU and that God is FAITHFUL NOT to LIE, but he will do that which he said he will do and NOT ALLOW us to be tempted ABOVE that which we are ABLE to BEAR? Are you LIVING by FAITH? If so, then you should be LIVING WITHOUT SIN! Please read 1 Corinthians 10:5-13 which teaches us that God will NOT suffer or ALLOW us to be tempted ABOVE that which we are ABLE to bear. We are being WARNED in this passage of scripture NOT to be like those in the Old Testament who God was NOT pleased with and therefore they were NOT allowed to ENTER into the promise land, which is a type or shadow representing heaven.
"But with many of them God was NOT well pleased: (WHY?) for they were OVERTHROWN in the wilderness.
7. Neither be you idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.
8. Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.
9. Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.
10. Neither murmur you, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.
12. Wherefore let him that THINKS he stands take heed lest he FALL.(are you THINKING, oh it is not that big of a deal, every one lies, or every one steals a little bit from time to time, God will understand that I am just human, besides I can repent later and God will forgive me. DON'T be DECEIVED by these LIES of the enemy! Do you THINK that you can NEVER LOSE your salvation no matter what? If so, I BESEECH you my dear brother or sister in the Lord to THINK AGAIN! Do not tempt Christ!)
13. There has NO temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is FAITHFUL, who will NOT suffer YOU to be tempted ABOVE that you are ABLE; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that you may be able to BEAR it."
Those of you you still want to cling to what you have been TAUGHT that WORKS can not save you THEREFORE there is no way that GOOD WORKS will be REQUIRED of us to KEEP our SALVATION, if this is you I want you to pleas remember what Ecclesiastes 12:13,14 teaches us, and then I want you to read the study entitled "WE ARE NOT SAVED BY OUR OWN GOOD WORKS" and "THE WORKS of the LAW VERSES GOOD WORKS"
14. For God shall bring every WORK into judgment, with every secret thing , whether it be good, or whether it be evil."
Are you LISTENING to these very WORDS of Jesus that shall JUDGE you in the last day? If you are and you want to learn HOW to get sin out of your life and live FREE from SIN, then please read the study entitle "HOW TO LIVE YOUR LIFE FREE FROM SIN".
One of the last things Jesus told us is found in Revelation 22:10-15 where Jesus give us this final WARNING!
14. BLESSED are THEY (speaking of ONLY THEY) that DO his commandments (WHY?), THAT (or in order THAT) THEY (again referring to ONLY THEY that DO or KEEP the COMMANDMENT of God, THAT or in order THAT THEY) may have RIGHT to the tree of life, and may ENTER in through the gates into the CITY (the New Jerusalem).
The word "RIGHT" here means that ONLY THOSE BELIEVERS who KEEP the COMMANDMENTS of God are GIVEN the JUST LEGAL RIGHT to have access to the tree of life. It is therefore by the OBEYING the COMMANDMENTS of God that we are GIVEN the AUTHORITY and the POWER to OBTAIN ETERNAL LIFE in the world to COME.
BE YOU THEREFORE A DOER of the WORD and NOT a HEARER ONLY whereby YOU DECEIVE YOURSELF for we are SAVED by FAITH and WORKS!
Please read James 2:1-26 which teaches us that FAITH WITHOUT WORKS is DEAD being ALONE. So then those that FALSELY teach that we are SAVED by FAITH ALONE have NOT taught you the WHOLE word of God.
If you want to see what Jesus said about WORKS being the REASON that we are SAVED and GIVEN ETERNAL LIFE, then please read the study entitled "WITHOUT HOLINESS NO MAN SHALL SEE THE LORD"
So then, are you going to be a CAIN, which REFUSED to believe and trust in what God said and DO that which was RIGHT in order to be ACCEPTED by God?
Are you going to be an ABEL who OBEY God's INSTRUCTIONS and did that which was RIGHT before God and therefore it was accounted to him for RIGHTEOUSNESS and because of this RIGHTEOUSNESS he was ACCEPTED of God?
Do not say any longer that your are a SINNER who is saved by GRACE. Yes, it WAS true that you WERE a SINNER who was SAVED or more precisely BROUGHT BACK into RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with God by GRACE, but NOW you are a NEW CREATION who is FREED from SIN for the PURPOSE of WALKING and SERVING God in RIGHTEOUSNESS.
Go you therefore and SERVE God in RIGHTEOUSNESS!
Thanks for reading, May God bless you richly as you CONTINUE in the word of TRUTH for these words of Jesus shall be what JUDGES you in the last day. I will close with these WORDS of Jesus from Almighty God his God and Father in John 12:46-48 where Jesus gives us this WARNING!
"I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believes on me should not abide (or continue to LIVE) in darkness.
47. And if any man HEAR my WORDS, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.\
48. He that REJECTS me, and RECEIVES NOT MY WORDS, has one that JUDGE him: the WORD that I have spoken, the SAME shall judge him in the last day."
Now you have HEARD the WORD of Jesus that he has given YOU from Almighty God HIMSELF. What you do with what you have just read is up to you. I pray that you will take HEED and become a DOER of the WORD and NOT just a HEARER ONLY, because FAITH that is WITHOUT GOOD WORKS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS IS DEAD!
Your brother in our Lord Jesus Christ,
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