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Who Will Enter Into The Kingdom of Heaven?

September 9, 2012

Who Will Enter Into The Kingdom of Heaven?

It is astonishing that even though the sacred scriptures clearly tell us who will enter into the kingdom of heaven, there are people who are so squeamish that they will not address the issue in a forthright manner. Jesus said,

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter into the kingdom of heaven; but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” (Mat. 7:21)

According to Jesus, a person must “do” the will of God in order to enter the kingdom of heaven. The implication is, if one does not do the will of the heavenly Father he will not enter the kingdom of heaven. This shows the importance of being certain that one does the will of God, and not one’s own will.

The teaching of Matthew 7:21 applies equally to all human beings, whether in or out of Christ. All must do the will of the Father in heaven to share in his eternal blessings. Let’s break it down even more.

“Not everyone who says …”  teaches us that it’s not the person who “talks the talk,” but the one who “walks the walk” who meets God’s approval. Mere talk is cheaper than dirt! Anybody can talk and accomplish nothing. Lip service alone brings no blessing.
(cf. James 1:25)

“But the one who does …” teaches us that “doing” (working) is important. There is no way around it! We who are Christians should be very careful to acknowledge that the New Testament teaches we are justified and saved by works. If not, are we willing to affirm that one may be saved and not do what God commands? (Hebrews 5:8-9) The question is not if we are saved or justified by works. The question is this:

by whose works are we justified?

Are we justified by the works God enjoins, or by human works?

Those who are influenced by the teaching of Augustine and John Calvin are unable or unwilling to understand this important point. There are works that justify and there are works that do not justify. Knowing the difference makes all the difference! Calvinists are adamant that we are NOT saved by works . It would be interesting to hear a Calvinist answer the following question: must a person do what God says in order to be saved? When a person does what God commands, has he “worked?” (James 2:14-26)

The one thing that the modern Calvinist objects to in the current discussion of “faith and works,” is the essentiality of immersion in order to be saved. They reject the idea that one must be immersed in order to be saved. They reject it in part because they believe it is a human work. But it is a work required by God! (Acts 10:48)

The one who will enter the kingdom of heaven is the person who obeys God. The obedient will be saved by grace, faith, mercy, and love. Those who do not obey will not be saved according to Jesus.

Ron Daly

Morning Scripture Reading: John 3:1-5
Evening Scripture Reading: Mark 9:1-8

For more teaching on crucial issues visit the following blogs:

www.exegeticalessays.blogspot.com
www.biblicallanguagesresearch.blogspot.com
www.dalysnttranslationproject.blogspot.com

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Calvinism-What Does The Bible Say?

January 24th, 2012

Calvinism-What Does The Bible Say?

1. Total inherited Depravity—

  • “Brethren, do not be children in your thinking, YET IN EVIL BE BABES, but in your thinking be mature.” 1 Cor. 14:20 NAS (emphasis added)

Paul is obviously NOT telling the congregation in Corinth to be evil, so why would he use babes in this example if all people are inherently sinful at birth?

  • “And they said, “Cornelius, a centurion, a RIGHTEOUS and GOD-FEARING MAN WELL SPOKEN OF by the entire nation of the Jews, was divinely directed by a holy angel to send for you to come to his house and hear a message from you.” Acts 10:22 NAS (emphasis added)

How could Cornelius be described as RIGHTEOUS and a GOD-FEARING MAN before his conversion if, at that time, he was totally depraved and unable to do anything spiritually good?

Conclusion from the Word of God: The doctrine of “Total Inherited Depravity” is a FALSE doctrine that is NOT found in the Word of God.

2. Unconditional Election—

  • “This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our savior, who desires ALL MEN to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” 1 Tim.2:3,4 NAS (emphasis added)

If God unconditionally elects those who are saved and desires that ALL MEN to be saved, then why are only some men saved instead of all men?

  • “Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brethren, what shall we DO?” And Peter said to them, “REPENT, and BE BAPTIZED (IMMERSED) in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:37, 38 NAS (emphasis added)

If God’s election is unconditional, then why did Peter tell them two things that they should DO? Would it not have been better for Peter to explain that there was NOTHING they COULD DO and that salvation is unconditional?

Conclusion from the Word of God: The doctrine of Unconditional Election is a FALSE doctrine that is NOT found in the Word of God. Salvation IS INDEED CONDITIONAL and the given conditions MUST be met in order to be saved.

3. Limited Atonement—

  • “For there is NO PARTIALITY with God.” Rom. 2:11 NAS (emphasis added)

If there is NO PARTIALITY with God, then how can “atonement” be limited to only the “elect”?

  • “And He himself is the propitiation for our sins; and NOT for ours ONLY, but ALSO for those of the WHOLE WORLD.” 1 John 2:2 NAS (emphasis added)

If “atonement” is limited only to the “elect, then how can Jesus possibly be the propitiation for the sins of the WHOLE WORLD?

Conclusion from the Word of God: The doctrine of Limited Atonement is a FALSE doctrine that is NOT found in the Word of God. Jesus died so that ALL PEOPLE can have the OPPORTUNITY to be saved and NOT exclusively for those that will be saved.

“Irresistible Grace” and “Once saved, always saved” will be answered in part 2.

JR Johnson

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