Consider the narrow way(eSword Luk 13:24) or sanctification of the
godly life, and repentance,
in concert with
(Phil 3:9) "not having my own righteousness,
which is from the law - mainly the moral law and 10 commandments, but that which is through faith in
Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith." No one can be saved by the
law (2Co 3:6 who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of
the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life; Heb 9:15).
Acts 5:32 "... and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him".
[Jesus teachings by the Holy Spirit are distinguished by heptadic structure, discussed below.]
It is authentic faith in Christ alone that justifies, but righteous faith that justifies is never alone.
We believe that law, mainly the moral law and 10 commandments, were only a shadow of that
which was to come. Christ is Col 2:10 "the head of all principality and power", Col 2:17
"These are a shadow of the things to come, but the reality belongs to Christ", Col 3:11
"Christ is all and in all", John 1:1-4 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was
with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made
through Him, and without Him nothing was made. In Him was life, and the life was the
light of Men", just as Jesus is also the manna from heaven John 6:31-33, the alpha and
omega, and that the teachings of Christ (as conforms with sound Biblical protestant
orthodox teaching - such as found here
is the fulfillment of the law - mainly the moral law and 10 commandments. Rom 13:9-10 "...
and whatever other (Law) command there may be, are summed up in this one command: 'Love your
neighbour as yourself'. Love does no harm to a neighbour. Therefore - godly - love is the
fulfillment of the law". The Golden Rule Matt 7:12 "So in everything, do to others what
you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets"; though
righteousness or noble standards of behaviour expand on it, per the Apostles teaching.
Gal 3:24-25 -- 24: "Therefore the law - the moral law and 10 commandments - was
our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith" (faith is never alone).
25: "But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor." Or in other words, we expand
on it with all the teachings of Jesus and the Apostles - in line with sound biblical protestant
orthodox teachings; (have you considered 'Law, Grace, and Salvation' in
The Kingdom of The Cults
Appendix B pp 610-627
), again, just as Jesus is also the manna from heaven
(John 6:31-33), the alpha and omega. Christ is in the Old Testament concealed and in the
New Testament revealed.
Referring to the moral law and 10 commandments, we need to heed Jesus warning Mat 5:17 "Do not
think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.
Mat 5:18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle
will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Mat 5:19 Whoever therefore breaks one
of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of
heaven. The Seventh Day Adventists seem to grasp the importance of all the moral law and 10
commandments better than others, when balanced by Romans 6. We remind ourselves that it is faith
in Christ alone that justifies, but righteous faith that justifies is never alone, ie we
progressively learn noble standards of behaviour that learn to love our neighbour unselfishly
as a starting point, then expand on it with a noble clean lifestyle that recognises God endowed
purpose or function (adapted from rzim.org) in our standards of behaviour, and in time loving
God/Jesus. Eph 2:8 "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves;
it is the gift of God, Eph 2:9 not of works, lest anyone should boast."
SDA's seem to hold to a variant belief of the above, explained here
The 10 Commandments Twice Removed
which holds to
the 10 (with Jesus & Apostles) commandments and the faith of Jesus
It's difficult to concisely distinguish the two stances so both are mentioned here to be on
the safe side - Rev 14:12 "Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the
commandments of God and the faith of Jesus." Acts 5:32 "... and so also is the Holy Spirit
whom God has given to those who obey Him".
We're reminded that Jesus claimed - Luk 6:5 "The Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath."
Luk 6:6 "Now it happened on another Sabbath, also, that He entered the synagogue and
taught. And a man was there whose right hand was withered.
Luk 6:7 So the scribes and Pharisees watched Him closely, whether He would heal on the
Sabbath, that they might find an accusation against Him.
Luk 6:8 But He knew their thoughts, and said to the man who had the withered hand,
"Arise and stand here." And he arose and stood.
Luk 6:9 Then Jesus said to them, "I will ask you one thing: Is it lawful on the Sabbath
to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy ?"
Luk 6:10 And when He had looked around at them all, He said to the man, "Stretch out
your hand." And he did so
Luk 13:10 "Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath.
Luk 13:11 And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years,
and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up.
Luk 13:12 But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, "Woman, you
are loosed from your infirmity."
Luk 13:13 And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified
Luk 13:14 But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed
on the Sabbath; and he said to the crowd, "There are six days on which men ought to work;
therefore come and be healed on them, and not on the Sabbath day."
Luk 13:15 The Lord then answered him and said, "Hypocrite! Does not each one of you on the
Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it ?"
We oughtn't to assume from these treatise' that Jesus didn't care about the moral law and 10 commandments, which
many Christians sincerely hold to; another view is detailed in The Kingdom of The Cults Appendix B
pp 610-627. If the Sabbath is taken to be on Saturday for Christians then that is harmless and
probably even more correct. Also, we would agree that the commandments Exo 20:13 "You shall not murder.
Exo 20:14 "You shall not commit adultery. Exo 20:15 "You shall not steal. Exo 20:16 "You shall not
bear false witness against your neighbor. Exo 20:17 "You shall not covet your neighbor's house" etc,
are valid standards of behaviour now as they ever were. 2Co 3:3 "clearly you are an epistle
of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on
tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart"; as also are Jesus and the
Apostles teachings on godly behaviour, which expand on all forms of 'law'lessness, and retrograde
standards of behaviour. Again, Mat 5:17 "Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets.
I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.” We need to include Romans 6:1-23 in our full consideration
of the topic of Law and Grace, though Paul says he uses human terminology to explain his understanding
Written Law has no power to convert the soul, as sin and entropy are a self perpetuating slippery
slope so that we don't find the strength in us to transform our lives, except by faith in and through Jesus.
Practise & scholarly study makes perfect when the Holy Spirit is helping us to become more like Christ Jesus
(as taught in the Bible).
We're reminded that the power to live a godly life grows out of an increasing godly love relationship
with God/Jesus and our neighbour, as we proactively learn God's/Jesus ways through study and application,
as a labour of love.
Rom 13:9-10 "... and whatever other (Law) command there may be, are summed up in this one command:
'Love your neighbour as yourself'. Love does no harm to a neighbour. Therefore - godly - love is the
fulfillment of the law"; though righteousness or noble standards of behaviour expand on it, per the Apostles
teaching. Exo 20:6 "but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments". Love
and godly obedience are increasingly inextricably linked. Mat 22:36 "Teacher, which is the great commandment
in the law ?" Mat 22:37 "Jesus said to him, 'You shall love the lord your God with all your heart, with all
your soul, and with all your mind.' Mat 22:38 This is the first and great commandment. Mat 22:39 And the
second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbour as yourself.'Mat 22:40 On these two commandments hang
all the Law and the Prophets." Again, we remind ourselves that it is faith in Christ alone that justifies,
but righteous faith that justifies is never alone, ie we progressively learn noble standards of behaviour
that learn to love our neighbour unselfishly as a starting point, then expand on it with a noble clean
lifestyle that recognises God endowed purpose or function in our standards of behaviour, and in time
Heart felt convictions about God's Biblical truths build from our growing
appreciation for God's majesty (even if we're only beyond reasonable doubt), as the one who created
the galaxies and 'all' beauty in the Earth; also expounded by the sciences and arts. Jesustein. Again,
2Pet 1:5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge;
2Pet 1:6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness;
2Pet 1:7 and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.
2Pet 1:8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective
and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Rom 1:5 "Through him and for his name's sake we received grace and
apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that
comes from faith." Mat 28:20 "teaching them to obey all that I have commanded
you", and the teaching of the Apostles too, rather than pursuing lawlessness.
Repentance requires growing obedience (in measure with the significance of
offenses, and borne out of a heart felt love relationship - Rom 13:9-10) as disciples learn
the ways of the master. Eph 2:8 "For by grace you have been saved through faith",
with repentance rather than license, lawlessness, or 'easy believism', learning
and conforming to the biblically revealed nature or character of Christ through
the empowering Holy Spirit - Rom 8:14. We're to bear fruit in keeping with authentic
faith Luk 8:15 . Mat 7:21 "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter
the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven." Even the
demons believe. Authentic faith is more godly than easy believism/also known as cheap grace.
Practice makes perfect when God is helping us to learn noble standards, as a labour
of increasingly heart felt convictions and love.
First we make our habits then our habits make us.
To whom much is given much will be expected, each case on it's merits, even when
our steps are faultering. God's mercy says to the repentant that 'though your sins
are as scarlet they shall be as white as snow' Isa 1:18 . How many times will God
forgive us - Jesus said 70 times 7 Mat 18:22 (for us and therefore for God too) - taken
to mean a fresh start whenever we sincerely repent and make a go of things - while
treating our fellows similarly. It's true that laws can't change people's heart, only
Jesus and God can. But we're also to progressively learn to fear God, honouring Him in
all our ways, as being worthy of honour and in time even agape love. We progressively
distance ourselves from those things that make us stumble.
If anyone says they allegedly speak or have spoken as for God/gods or Jesus
(anti/pseudo-Christs) one might ask if this speech is supernaturally inspired
and conforms to the Bible, as testified to by the modern day equivalent of
Bible heptadic structure and possibly? equidistant letter sequences (ELS - wikipedia) ?
For more on numerics & ELS, have you considered
The Seal of God
Cosmic Codes ?
Have you considered that numerics is part of the story as we're not only concerned with
numerical values of letters and words, but with counting letters, words, vocabulary,
vowels, consonants, nouns, etc. This second aspect of heptadic structure needs to be in
many cases independent of the language in which it is written, and if a Text or statement
is said to be spiritual and authoritative (inspired from God / gods or Jesus) in it's
original language or inspired translation then it should have this secondary aspect of
unique heptadic structure irrespective of the original language. Counting letters, words,
vocabulary, vowels, consonants, nouns, etc can equally be applied to any language, including
english, latin, arabic, etc. Therefore, testing for this secondary aspect of heptadic
structure can be applied to any Text or communiqué claimed to be of 'spiritual' authority,
ie speaking for God / gods or Jesus.
Consider (eSword Titus 2:11-14) "For the grace of God that brings salvation
has appeared to all men. Tit 2:12 It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness
and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives
in this present age, Tit 2:13 while we wait for the blessed hope — the glorious
appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, Tit 2:14 who gave himself
for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that
are his very own, eager to do what is good." Heb 11:6 "And without faith it is
impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he
exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him." Rom 1:17 "For in the
gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith
from first to last, just as it is written: 'The righteous will live by faith.'"
(see Hab 2:4)
(eSword James 1-2:26) [The following is quoted with permission from Kris Baines.]
The words echo the popular saying 'trials are opportunities for spiritual
growth.' Faith without deeds is dead. Faith is so much more than belief.
Let's be doers of the word - James 1:22 .
Thoughts and reflections
on this reading :
Probably one of the best quotes that I've heard on
the issue of faith versus works is this -- It is authentic faith in Christ alone that saves
but authentic faith that saves is not alone. That pretty much sums up my understanding
of what James is trying to get across, when he talks about faith
You see it's easy for a person to say that he is Christian, or a
follower of Jesus, but it's another thing altogether to show that
On the other hand, it's easy for a person to make others think
they are a Christian because of what they do externally, but that doesn't
necessarily mean that a change has taken place in the heart.
So how do we
make sense of all of this ?
Well really the focus that I should have
is on my own faith, ensuring that I am walking right with God, and truly in a
relationship with Him, and the way I know that is whether that faith that I
have, or say that I have, is authentic - because of the works that I do. But
the works must become because of my faith not as a way to get or grow
I know how easy it is to preach and teach about the things we should
be doing as believers, and the ways in which we should be living, but
having the faith to speak about them doesn't amount to having the
faith to actually demonstrate and live them out in my life. Having
said that, the temptation is always there to superficially show works
of faith in an effort to make people think we're more spiritual than
we really are. And, if we're honest, we don't always correct people
who think we're more spiritual than we really are.
What God wants to do for all of us is a faith in us that works from
the inside out. Being backed up by works of faith that show we're
sincere and genuine in our relationship with God.
And as the examples of Abraham and Rahab in this passage demonstrate
to us, it was the acting upon the Word of God
that proved their faith in the God of the Word.
And that is
what makes the difference between being a doer or a hearer only.
[end of quote]
(eSword Php 4:8) Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever
things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure,
whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if
there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy - meditate
on these things.
Our part is well expressed in the following verses and saying --
2Co 10:5 ... we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ
Gal 6:7 "Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what
Gal 6:8 The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature
will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the
Spirit will reap eternal life.
Gal 6:9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time
we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."
We are to put off the old man and put on the new (Eph. 4:22-24).
1Jn 2:3-4 "Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His
Rev 14:12 "Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep
the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus."
What About Legalism vs Antinomianism ?
Have you considered the controversial case against antinomianism with the case for Christ's Truth in this book -
Grace Not Law!: The Answer To Antinomianism
Which Law Do Christians Obey
Justification is by faith but saving faith is evidenced by obedience – by
walking in the light. Justification and salvation are not through obedience,
but through faith which is made evident by obedience to the teachings and
commands of Jesus. Actions speak louder than words. Righteous faith is more
than intellectual assent or lip service.
If we aspire to a righteous or godly life, we will realise that we don't just tumble into it.
We work at it over time, including prayer for breakthroughs. It seldom "just happens".
"Sow a thought and we reap an act, sow an act and we reap a habit,
sow a habit and we reap a character, sow a character and we reap a
lifestyle, sow a lifestyle and we reap a destiny". Practising a healthy
lifestyle is very important, as we are body, soul, and spirit; and
stewards of all that God puts in our care. 1 Corinthians 4:1 "Let a
man so account of us, ... and stewards of the mysteries of God." If our
emotions aren't stable, through our healthy lifestyle and relationships,
then frequently our spiritual life suffers too.
Improving Emotional Intelligence
We eventually reap what we sow, ideally all good, and with God's encouraging
Holy Spirit prompting us to walk like Jesus Christ, we can overcome everything
which hinders and blinds us to the right ways of Jesus -- if we keep our emotional
and physical life healthy, for the sake of our spiritual life. We need to be
level-headed, with increasingly good self control (e-Sword Galatians 5:18-23),
praying for God and Jesus to increasingly help us in each area of our life as
our conscience becomes sensitive to those things God's word reveals to us.
"First we make our habits, then our habits make us." Charles C. Noble
Luk 8:5 "A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by
the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it.
Luk 8:6 Some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because
it lacked moisture.
Luk 8:7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it.
Luk 8:8 But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold."
When He had said these things He cried, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear!"
Luk 8:11 "Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
Luk 8:12 Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and
takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.
Luk 8:13 But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word
with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation
Luk 8:14 Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard,
go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit
Luk 8:15 But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the
word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.
It has been said, "Show us your friends and we will show you your destiny".
(Have you considered 1Co 15:33). Healthy relationships are with people that
aren't crass, headstrong or maybe arrogant (2Ti 3:4), selfish or self centered,
careless, materialistic, manipulative or domineering, with toxic personality
excesses and deficits, given to false spirituality that exalts humans or
angels/spirits, or anything contrary to the word of God (e-Sword), and generally
ungodly. We're to be patient with, forgiving of, and pray for such people that
they too may be transformed by God's grace into temperate God-honouring/fearing
persons (Gal 5:22,Mat 6:14). 1Co 9:25 "And everyone who competes for the
prize is temperate in all things." In our common humanity, there but for
the grace of God go any of us, we all stumble in these things but get back
up and go on, in the God of the Bible - Eph 2:8 "For by grace you have been
saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.
Eph 2:9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. (It is faith in Christ
alone that justifies, but authentic faith that justifies is never alone).
Our thought life is transformed by agreeing with God's word (e-Sword)
and incrementally adjusting our way of life so that our thoughts, acts,
habits, resulting character, and eventual destiny become more like
Christ each day, week, month, and year. Whatever we feed will grow.
If we feed our old sin nature, eventually God's Holy Spirit will
reluctantly let us go our own way, and that is the destiny we will reap
-- though we can start afresh each new day trying to gain the victory
physically, emotionally, and spiritually. As we're encouraged on, to
grow more like Christ Jesus, and as we feed the new nature that God
prompts us onwards to, so we eventually gain victory in our walk with
God. It helps tremendously if we have a healthy lifestyle, (as stewards
of all that God puts in our care for His honour - holding those things
lightly until the Lord requires them of us. Mat 25:15-23). There's
nothing like burning off excess energy each day, sleeping well, and
filling in our time with acceptable productive pursuits that don't
exclude God's preeminence in our lives. A good night's sleep is typically
the result and is very helpful emotionally and consequently spiritually.
Have you considered Bearing one's cross,
following in the steps of Jesus
- "For most, however, bearing the cross
means dying to self and one's personal desires in order to live unreservedly
for the Lord and His mission."
Seeking the life/Afterlife of God increasingly results in us finding
opportunities to make a difference that advances His Truth in our sphere
of influence, where He has planted or will plant us. As our abilities
and aptitudes become increasingly clearer over time, as we grow in God,
so our opportunities unfold, and we each develop what is occasionally termed
a calling or maybe anointed means of making a difference that advances His
Truth, fulfilling Mat 25:15-23; as may ideally be affirmed by God's people
and their ongoing peer review & mentorship. James 2:18 "But someone
will say, You have faith, and I have works. Show me your faith without
your works, and I will show you my faith from my works." Calvin rightly
expressed this tension when he said -- We are justified by authentic faith alone,
but the faith which justifies is never alone -- ie we must be proactive,
encouraged to not be spectator Christians in a consumer society of
We're just students in the body of Christ, and propose ideas in 'discussion documents'
for wider analysis. There will be a little overlap between what the body of Christ
step out in faith to attempt, but that only partially resembles Bible characters due
to a related worldview. We don't claim that God told us something, but God may partially
bless attempted steps of faith when they're in accord with His biblically expressed
Word/will. To stay in tune with Holy Spirit leading we have to tune up or optimise our
walk, based on sound scholarly doctrine, and put in to extinction anything that hinders
a right spirit or mood if you like. Prayers may be God's way of enlisting us in what He
is doing or wants to do, when our lives meet His criteria for answering our heart cry
for breakthrough/s or a little progress. Being body, soul, and spirit we don't check our
brains at the door of faith but strive with heart and soul for godly pursuit of optimal
scholarship, like engineers and scientists are also trained in. Faith in action doesn't
mean we can indulge in building using shoddy workmanship or scholarship. 'Our utmost
for His highest', even if it's just a few loaves and fishes.
If we want the life and Afterlife promised to us in the Bible,
& The Lazarus Phenomenon
, then we work
with God by being proactive in our faith.
Further clarification of the faith and works vs religiosity debate can be found here :
by SDA Pastors
Will The Real Gospel Please Standup ?
What Is Sin ?
This discussion needs to address the paradox of freewill/choice and predeterministic outcomes. Outside the time domain and in eternity both are correct. We humans can't know about predeterministic and freewill outcomes because they're based in eternity, so we defer to God/Jesus as the intercessor for human struggles. Whomsoever will may come.
How Did Christ Live ?
What Is Possible For Us ?
The Whole Truth: Faith Or Works? Part 1
The Whole Truth: Faith Or Works? Part 2
The Whole Truth: Law or Grace? Part 1
The Whole Truth: Law or Grace? Part 2
Obedience To The Faith details pt 1
Obedience To The Faith details pt 2
Law of 10 Commandments etc
Servile or Son's Heart - Slave or Mature Son ?
Pray For Insight or A
Breakthrough. Whomsoever will may come.
The Two Covenants
Experiencing The New Covenant ie Religious Reality Check
Bearing The Cross, Wearing The Crown
Bearing The Cross, Wearing The Crown pt 2
The Kingdom of The Cults pg 610 defines legalism as "the doctrine that keeping the law merits
salvation", which is contrary to scripturally taught obedience (the fruit) (eg Acts 5:32) - being the evidence
of authentic saving faith (the root). Many Christians profess the moral law and 10 commandments to be relevant as evidence
that we're obeying the law of love, for God and our neighbour/s, followed by the apostles teachings
on noble clean standards of behaviour; that recognise God endowed purpose or function. We believe
the prevailing consensus that we can never do enough to earn our salvation through works. We don't
err in that view, towards 'some' SDA law keeping advocacy, 'some' seem to require to merit
salvation. Though some - possibly most or all - SDA's doubtless are saved too, and have positive
teaching contributions which many Christians accept. Acts 5:32 "and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has
given to those who obey Him". That obedience will be as taught by conservative protestant orthodoxy,
confirmed like the noble Bereans who searched the scriptures to see if teaching was correct Acts 17:11,
rather than some self proclaimed adhoc 'spiritual' guidance common today. Not legalism though, but
scripturally progressively learnt obedience (the fruit) as evidence of authentic faith (the root).
It is authentic faith
alone that saves but authentic faith that saves is never alone. As 'a labour of love' believers
cooperate with Holy Spirit led and motivated teaching that helps us to incrementally conform to
the nature of Jesus Christ. We don't embrace 'lawlessness', and therefore obedience of authentic
saving faith go hand in hand. To whom much is given much will be expected. Each case on it's merits,
also depending on the significance of lawless acts. We're reminded that God has given humanity a
measure of freewill and only stands at the door of our hearts knocking to let Him in.
We don't hold the Preterist interpretation of prophecy that some profess. The seventieth
week of Daniel is yet to be fulfilled.