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Do my works contribute to salvation? Eph. 2:8,9
We 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.

In 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)

The 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.”
In 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!

Salvation by Faith

1.How is righteousness obtained?
Romans 3:22
“Even 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.”
Our Justification
3. What does Christ’s justification accomplish for me? Rom. 3:24,25
“Being 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.”
Salvation 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 John 1:9
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
 When 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 spot.
5. What else is justification called? John 3:3
“Except a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
It is called the new birth or being born again because when being justified I have no past. I start all over again like a newborn babe.
Our Sanctification
6. What is sanctification?
1 Thess. 4:4 - 12
v.4 “That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honor.”
v. 7 “For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.”
This 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 till 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 (sanctification).
8.How is sanctification accomplished?         John 17:17
“Sanctify them through Thy truth, Thy word is truth.”
Sanctification 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).
Justification counts 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?
Rom. 8:29
“To be conformed to the image of His Son.”
Note: 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.
Acts 3:20,21 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 arrangement!
11. Does the Bible say that salvation involves past, present and future?
II Cor.1:10
“Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that He will yet deliver us.”
God has saved us from sin’s penalty -  justification.
God is saving us from sin’s power - sanctification.
God will save us from sin’s presence - glorification
Paul 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? Acts 4:12
“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 salvation? II Cor. 8:12
“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.”
Salvation is by Jesus alone. (Acts 4:12)
My 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 do it.
14. According to Isaiah, what is the big problem of sin? Isa. 53:6
“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
“And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee…”
Giving up my own way and letting Jesus lead is sometimes as hard as cutting off my hand.
16. Can I lose salvation once I have gained it? John 15:2
“Every branch in me that beareth not fruit He taketh away.”
Note: If I do not permit Jesus to impart sanctification to me (bear fruit) I will lose salvation. Fruit-bearing is essential for retaining salvation. Matthew 7:20,21

Salvation and the Book of Life

17. Can my name be removed from the Book of Life?   Rev. 22:19
Answer: Yes.
“And 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? Phil. 1:6
“Being confident of this very thing that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
The 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 name!
19. The Bible says to “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” How do I accomplish this? Phil. 2:12,13
“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.”


I 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
“Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.”
 He promises peace, release and rest from the stress, heartaches fears, burdens and guilt of life.

21. Have you accepted that blessed peace and rest from His gracious hand yet?

Answer: ______

If your answer was “no”, would you be willing to pray that God forgive and cleanse you NOW, and give you HIS rest?

Answer: _______
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.

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