Question?

I want to pose a question and I would love to have your opinion.

What spiritual consequences do my choices have?

Things to consider when answering:

As a christian, our salvation rests solely upon the gift of Jesus Christ…where do your choices fit in?

Discuss and respond.

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2 Comments

  1. Hey J.C.

    I must write a clarifying bit before I go on with my answer.
    Our eternal salvation is based solely upon Christ and His work on the cross. Nothing else gets you to heaven. Works do not give you access to Christ and anyone who preaches a works gospel is lost and does not know Christ. (see Galations 1).

    With that said our works and actions have great significance in that they attest and prove that we are in Christ. They are the way we know that we are Christ’s. If you live a righteous life under the law of liberty and endure to the end you will be saved and if not you will not be saved, not based on your works but based upon the fact that you showed by your works that you never had genuine faith.

    Read these Scriptures which are my basis for my views.

    Matthew 10:22
    and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.

    Matthew 24:13
    But the one who endures to the end will be saved.

    James 1:12
    12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

    James 1:22-25
    22But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.

    James 2:14-17
    14What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? 17So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead

    1 John 1:5-7
    5 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin

    I’d love your comments bro.
    In Christ,
    Jeff

  2. Agreed that our works do not in any way shape or form get us into heaven.

    However most of the verses that you gave above I would use in a defense as to say that our works do not matter. Perseverance or endurance doesn’t seem to indicate works but instead that our trust would remain in Christ regardless of choices made in this world. Obviously disregarding direct defiance to Christ in rejection of His undeniable work in people and on earth would mean you wouldn’t endure but instead reject what you might have started.

    So I wouldn’t acknowledge those first three as a justifiable defense the next two I will touch in a second but the last is the same thing. Our salvation alone shows that God sees nothing but what Christ has done for us on the cross. So I wouldn’t see the last as a defense either.

    I would have used both of the middle two of these verses in the last couple of days. They seem to clearly state that what we do in this life has an impact on others.

    Now viewing this how does this line up with believing that God has ordained everything and that our actions have no value because God will is unstoppable.

    Don’t feel that I am leaning towards a specific direction on this issue but I want to know the implications of choices on earth and honestly I believe that they both intertwine in a way but I am curious to see what others have to say.


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