Do my works contribute to
salvation? Eph. 2:8,9
have received wonderful new views of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And
how thrilling to be reminded that God the Father also loves us more than
words can express.
Revelation Jesus our loving Savior has in special kindness and mercy given
us the help and information we must have for these last days. Our only hope is to obey His counsel
and accept His offer of assistance. Jesus stated it clearly: “Behold
I come quickly: Blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of
this book” (Rev.22:7)
New International Version translates Rev.1:3
as follows: “Blessed is the one who reads the words
of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what
is written in it, because the time is near.”
this closing seminar lesson we will study “righteousness by faith”.
Righteousness comes only by faith in Jesus. There is no other source of
righteousness and there is no other subject in the Bible so exciting!
1.How is righteousness
the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all
and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:”
“For by grace are ye saved
through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of
works, lest any man should boast.”
What does Christ’s justification accomplish for me?
justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ
Jesus. Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His
blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past,
through the forbearance of God.”
consists of three parts - justification, sanctification and glorification.
Justification removes all the sins of the past.
4. What must I do to receive justification or forgiveness for
past sins? 1
“If we confess
our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us
from all unrighteousness.”
I confess, He forgives all of my sins of the past, and cleanses me from all
unrighteousness. This miracle takes place instantly. He at once counts me
righteous. In justification I am delivered from the penalty of sin on the
5. What else is justification
“Except a man be born
again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
is called the
born again because when being justified I have no past. I start all over
again like a newborn babe.
6. What is sanctification?
1 Thess. 4:4
“That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in
sanctification and honor.”
7 “For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.”
passage says that sanctification is right living, or holiness. Christian
conduct is important to God.
7. How long does it take
for a person to become fully sanctified? Eph.4:13
“Till we all come in the unity of the
faith, and the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the
measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ”
It is the work of a lifetime. We keep maturing
we become fully like Christ. Growth is another name for sanctification. To
be born is a wonderful miracle but it is not enough.
We must also grow.
Justification is birth. Sanctification is growth. It is a great tragedy when
a baby is born but never grows. It is a great spiritual tragedy when a
person experiences the new birth (justification) but never grows
8.How is sanctification
them through Thy truth, Thy word is truth.”
takes place as we obey the Word of God. 1
Peter 1:14 - 16, 22
points out that people become “holy” and “purified” by obeying the
truth. This holiness is sanctification.
9. Do I obey the Word or does
Jesus do it in me? Rom.8:3,4
“God sending His own Son
… that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us.”
Jesus does it within me by
His blessed Holy Spirit
(John 14:16 - 18, 26).
me righteous. Sanctification actually makes me righteous. Both
are miracles accomplished by Jesus for me and in me.
10. What does God ultimately
accomplish in me through sanctification?
be conformed to the image of His Son.”
We were made in God’s image from the beginning (Gen.1:26,27). God’s plan
is to impart His righteousness to us until we are restored to that original
image in which we were created.
makes it clear that everything that Adam and Eve lost will be restored to
the redeemed, including their holy, God - like characters. Sanctification
accomplishes this character restoration. Praise God for such a fabulous
11. Does the Bible say that
salvation involves past, present and future?
“Who delivered us from so
great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that He will yet deliver
saved us from sin’s penalty -
is saving us from sin’s power - sanctification.
save us from sin’s presence - glorification
tells us that the gospel is the “power of God unto salvation” (Romans 1:16). The gospel includes God’s
power to save us past, present and future from sin’s penalty,
power and presence.
12. Is Jesus the sole basis
for my salvation?
“Neither is there
salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given
among men, whereby we must be saved.”
13. What part do I play in
“For if there be first a
willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according
to that he hath not.”
is by Jesus alone. (Acts
part is to willingly follow Him. I must crown Him Lord and let Him call the
signals in my life. He will work miracles but I must be willing for Him to
According to Isaiah, what is the big problem of sin?
“All we like sheep have
gone astray, we have turned everyone to his own way: and the Lord hath laid
on Him the iniquity of us all.”
Note: Sin consists of my wanting to
have my own way,
be my own boss or Lord. Isaiah says it was this “sin” that killed Jesus.
15. How hard is it for me
sometimes to let Jesus rule my life? Matt. 5:30
if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee…”
up my own way and letting Jesus lead is sometimes as hard as cutting off my
16. Can I lose salvation once I
have gained it?
branch in me that beareth not fruit He taketh away.”
I do not permit Jesus to impart sanctification
to me (bear fruit) I will lose salvation. Fruit-bearing is essential for
retaining salvation. Matthew
Salvation and the Book of
Can my name be removed from the Book of Life?
if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God
shall take away his name out of the Book of Life …”
Note: The names of
all God’s faithful appear in the Book of Life (Rev.13:8).
Those whose names are in the Book of Life will be the only ones permitted to
enter God’s new kingdom (Rev.21:27).
The Bible teaches that a Christian who turns away from God may have his name
removed from the Book of Life and be lost, though he was once saved.
18. Can I be sure of
salvation once I accept Jesus?
confident of this very thing that He which hath begun a good work in you
will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
promise is that Jesus, who converts me by a great miracle, will give me
continued victory by a continued miracle. We can be sure of His
performance in us, which gives us full confidence! Praise His wonderful
19. The Bible says to
“work out your own salvation with fear and
do I accomplish this? Phil.
“For it is God which
worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.”
work out my own salvation by turning my life over to Jesus, who makes me
desire to do right, and then miraculously works out right-doing within me by
His indwelling Holy Spirit.
20. What is Jesus saying to
all of us?
Matt. 11:28 - 30
unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.”
promises peace, release and rest from the stress, heartaches
fears, burdens and guilt of life.
21. Have you accepted that blessed peace and rest
gracious hand yet?
If your answer was “no”, would you be willing
to pray that God forgive and cleanse you NOW, and
Jesus will be triumphant in the
end…He wins in the Great Controversy!
Will you be on His side? He loves and wants to save you.