by Aaron Kember)
We are commanded to
"And the times of
this ignorance God overlooked; but now commandeth all
men every where to repent:"
We are not to trust in
our own righteousness.
"And he spoke this
parable to certain who trusted in themselves that they
were righteous, and despised others: Two men went up
into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the
other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed
thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as
other men are, extortioners, unjust,
adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast
twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I
possess. And the tax collector, standing afar off,
would not lift up so much as his eyes to
heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be
merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went
down to his house justified [rather] than the other:
for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased;
and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted."
We will not be justified
by our works.
"Knowing that a
man is not justified by the works of the law, but by
the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in
Jesus Christ, that we may be justified by the faith of
Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the
works of the law shall no flesh be justified."
"For by grace are
ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it
is the gift of God: Not by works, lest any man
We are to put faith in
the one that justifies the ungodly.
"But to him that
worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the
ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness."
God's requirment of us
is that we believe in His Son.
"Then said they to
him, What shall we do, that we may work the works of
God? Jesus answered and said to them, This is the work
of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath
Those who accept the
Lord Jesus become the children of God.
"But as many as
received him, to them he gave power to become the sons
of God, even to them that believe on his
Those who neglect God's
way of salvation will find no way of escape.
"How shall we
escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the
first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was
confirmed to us by them that heard him;"
"For the time is
come that judgment must begin at the house of God:
and if it first beginneth with us, what
shall be the end of them that obey not the
gospel of God?"
(1 Peter 4:17)
There is no condemnation
to those who are "in Christ Jesus."
therefore now no condemnation to them who are in
Christ Jesus, who walk not according to the flesh, but
according to the Spirit."
God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet
sinners, Christ died for us."