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The Cause is Justification, The Resulting Creation is Worship Pleasing to God.

September 3, 2019

Romans 7:4 You were put to death in relation to the law through the crucified body of the Messiah, in orer to belong to another—to Him who was raised from the dead—IN ORDER TO BEAR FRUIT FOR GOD.

Ephesians 2: 8 For you are saved by grace through faith, and this salvation is not from yourselves. Salvation is God’s gift— 9 not from works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are His CREATION. We are created in Christ Jesus for GOOD WORKS

Those who are justified before God are not still ‘totally depraved”. Those who are justified before God now worship God acceptably.

Our Works and our Worship are not the Causes of our Salvation.

Work acceptable to God is one of the Results of Salvation.
Worship acceptable to God is one of the Results of Salvation.

Our Work and Worship are not Accepted by God as any part of our righteousness.
Our Work and Worship are Accepted by God because we ourselves have become justified before God.

Romans 6:17 Thank God that, although you used to be slaves of sin, you obeyed from the heart that pattern of teaching you were transferred to.

The false gospel teaches the opposite of the true gospel. The false gospel say that, IF you don’t have to “keep paying the costs”, then your salvation can’t be worth much.

The false gospelasks— IF you didn’t accept your salvation by your own freedom, then just how valuable could your salvation be?

Although there is such a thing as “hating without a cause”, what the false gospel hates is the very idea of God loving the elect “without cause”. The false gospel wants to be in control of the cause of its salvation. If you didn’t pay for it, you stole it. If you didn’t work for it, you stole it.

This is why the false gospel teaches a salvation also by your own works. If you do not also work for your salvation, you can’t boast in it and that would make you a free loader socialist. Not working at all for your final salvation would leave you belonging to Jesus instead of Jesus giving you salvation partly in consideration of your work.

But let me copy here some Bible verses that teach about sinners being justified before God in order to then Worship God

Matthew 7:17 every good tree produces good fruit, but a bad tree produces bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot produce bad fruit.

Hebrews 13:15 Through Christ then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. 16 Do not neglect to do good and to share whatyou have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

I Peter 2:5 you also, as living stones, are being built up as a Holy Spirit house for a Holy priesthood, to offer up Spirit-controlled sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ”

Ephesians 2:10 For we are His CREATION. We are created in Christ Jesus for good works

Titus 2:14 Christ gave Himself FOR US to REDEEM US from all lawlessness and to cleanse for Himself a people for His own possession, eager to do good works.

1 Peter 2:12 Conduct yourselves honorably …so that in a case where they speak against you as those who do what is evil, they seeing your good works will glorify God on the day

The commands of Jesus Christ to those who are justified are NOT “only MORE GUILT FOR EVERYBODY.” If you reduce the law of God to your ability, then you reduce the law to nothing. The fulfillment of God’s law (by Christ’s death) was NOT the abolition of God’s law

Romans 6:11 consider yourselves NOW ALREADY dead to sin but NOW ALREADY alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Christ’s death is the object to which sinners are joined when they are justified. God’s imputation is the means by which sinners are joined to Christ’s death. The once for all death of Christ is not once for all sinners. The once for all death of Christ is once for all time. No other death justifies.

Therefore it is NOT Christ’s death PLUS our death which justifies. To be joined with the likeness of Christ’s death is to be legally placed in Christ’s death. Our regeneration is not the death.

Romans 8:3 God condemned sin in the flesh by sending His own Son in FLESH LIKE OURS under sin’s guilt and as a sin offering

Philippians 2: 5 Make your own attitude that of Christ Jesus,
6 who humbled Himself by becoming obedient
to the point of death— even to death on a cross

Romans 6:13 as those who ARE ALIVE from the dead, offer yourselves to God, and all the parts of yourselves to God as tools for righteousness

Galatians 3:27 you have put on Christ

Romans 13: 14 put on Christ
Galatians 5:1 you are free, be free
Galatians 5:25 since we live in the Spirit, then live in the Spirit

Ephesians 2: 6 Together with Christ Jesus God raised us

Colossians 2 12 You were also raised with Christ through faith in the working of God, who raised Christ from the dead.
13 God made you alive with Him and forgave us all our trespasses

But what does it matter if we work for God or worship God? If we are already justified before God, who cares if our work and worship are acceptable anyway?

Romans 3: 7 But if by my sin God’s truth is amplified to God’s glory, why am I also still judged as a sinner? 8 And why not say, as some people slanderously claim we say, “Let us do what is evil in order that good will come”?

The answer to the question is NOT that “works and worship are necessary to find out if you are justified”

Romans 3:24 They are justified WITHOUT CAUSE by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus who God presented as a propitiation through faith in His blood

Those who are not justified before God cannot and do not worship God. Those who are justified before God can and do worship God, not only in some “the church in theory” but in real life.

Those with the false gospel think they already know what God is like. But while they are checking to see if Jesus is like the God in their heads, they forget to learn from Jesus what the real God of the Bible is like. They forget that God’s grace is not our works. They forget that our works are not the same thing as our God-given faith in the grace of the death and resurrection of Jesus.

The “church in theory” will only preach some things from the Bible. Its preachers will only teach from the Bible stuff they think is comforting and enouraging for “spiritual life”. Other things they say they will not “get into”. Because the law of Jesus is not the same as the gospel, they will say either that Jesus has no law or that we can all live together without any reference to any law from Jesus. If you are justified by Jesus, why is it necessary to hear anything else from Jesus? Why not simply try to be a little better in terms of the morality of those in the place where you live temporarily now on earth? Election to “go to heaven” they will preach, but what Christ commands as worship they will not teach. Why feel guilty for not doing what we can’t do anyway?

But this is a bad excuse for the truth. If we have already made it clear that justification before God is not a result of our works and worship, what are we saying if we don’t think we can even think about or teach work and worship acceptable to God? Is the problem that we ourselves think that the only way not to think of “good works” as our justification before God is to deny that we ever have any “good works”?

Romans 12 by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, in order to discern what is the good, and PLEASING TO God.

Hebrews 13:15 through Christ let us continually offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, that is, the fruit of our lips that confess His name. 16 Don’t neglect to do what is good and to share, for God is PLEASED such sacrifices

Philippians 4:18 But I have received everything in full, and I have an abundance. I am fully supplied, having received from Epaphroditus what you provided—a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.

Colossians 1:10 in order that you walk worthy of the Lord, fully PLEASING to Him, bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of God.

Hebrews 9:11 Christ has appeared, high priest of the GOOD THINGS THT HAVE COME (not of the old creation)

2 Corinthians 5:17 For those in Christ, there is a new creation. Old things have passed away, New things have come.

Philippians 3: 12 Not that I have already reached the goal, but I make every effort to take hold of the prize because I also have been taken hold of by Christ Jesus. 13 I do not consider myself to have taken hold of the goal. But one thing I do— Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, 14 I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s call in Christ Jesus.