- THE SPIRITUAL POSITION OF A BORN AGAIN [as he is himself (not as a member of the Body of Christ)] as Christ’s ambassador here on earth in the kingdom of Satan:-
This is a totally distinct and different spiritual position. To mix this two spiritual position together, opens up the door for the GREATEST HERESY in Christianity which is self salvation.
We have to know our spiritual position in the Body of Christ.
We also have to know our spiritual position in ourselves in the kingdom of Satan as Christ’s ambassadors.
In the body of Christ we are PERFECT and COMPLETE, it CAN NOT be improved. – It is the gift of God by Christ’s merit on the cross.
Here on the earth as Christ’s ambassadors, we are not exactly HOLY and JUST in ourselves. We work on to improve them by our cooperation with the grace of God. “Ongoing event.”
Our salvation PRECEDES our cooperation with the grace of God.
So, to work on to be more JUST and HOLY Phil.2:12-15; Eph.4:22-24; 1 Thess.4:1, 3; Hebr.2:11, is the FRUIT of our salvation NOT the cause of it.
The fruits of our salvation CAN NOT be contributed to our salvation. This is our SUPERNATURAL MERIT and the other is GOD’S GIFT OF SALVATION. The two do NOT MIX!!!
This is our supernatural merit. God rewards it IN heaven.
In ourselves we become continually more HOLY and more JUST in cooperation with the grace of God.
To understand: This continues increase in HOLINESS and JUSTICE in ourselves CAN NOT be contributed to our HOLYNESS and JUSTICE
in the Body of Christ, because in the Body of Christ we are 100% HOLY and 100% JUST. This is both GOD’S GIFT and 100% Perfect.
We have them by Christ’s merit on the cross.
It cannot be over emphasize! We are cannot add anything to our salvation. – It is God’s free gift.
In the Body of Christ we are all EQUALLY 100% HOLY and 100% JUST.
These are both God’s gifts.
In ourselves we are NOT equally HOLY and JUST. The increase is the matter of our cooperation with the grace of God.
If we continually cooperate with the grace of God we continually improve both.
Us becoming more HOLY and more JUST have NOTHING to do with the cause of our salvation.
We are 100% saved and Born Again FROM THAT POINT ON when God Has performed His part of our Baptism.
These both increase are the FRUITS of our salvation and they are God’s gifts as well.
In Catholic theology, this is called SUPERNATURAL MERIT. For this supernatural merit God has promised reward IN Heaven.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO:
For our supernatural merit we will have reward IN heaven.
Everlasting life IN heaven is God’s gift by Christ’s merit on the cross.
We have absolutely NO condition to fulfill to get our salvation, or to keep our salvation.
Our salvation is GOD’S GIFT by CHRIST’S MERIT. We are CAN NOT add anything to it. – In fact this is THE KEY to do supernatural merit which God accepts.
If we work for the reason to keep our salvation, that work is entirely REJECTED by God. That work would be a kind of a self salvation, this work is rejected by God.
THERE IS NO CONDITION ON GOD’S GIFT OF EVERLASTING LIFE, CHRIST EARNED IT FOR THE ELECTS ON THE CROSS. Christ also died for the sins of the whole world.
Our reward IN heaven is by our cooperation with the grace of God to work on to be more HOLY (sanctification) and to be more JUST (justification), and to proclaim the Gospel and to do charity works.
TRENT CHAPTER X.
On the increase of Justification received.
“He that is just, let him be justified still; and again, Be not afraid to be justified even to death; and also, Do you see that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. And this increase of justification holy Church begs, when she prays, “Give unto us, O Lord, increase of faith, hope, and charity.”
This above with other works provides us SUPERNATURAL MERITS. Reward IN heaven, but NOT the reward OF heaven. – The latter is God’s gift by Christ’s merit.
Now we arrived to the CRUX of the matter. Probably James 2:24 is one of the most misunderstand Bible verses in the world with James 2:14.
Continued on the next post