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According to what or who?
. . . the only righteousness God can recognize is our position in Jesus Christ . . .
I think you have that backwards, where the reality is that the Jews had confidence in the flesh in that their genetics made them unconditionally saved.
To believe that what you are doing and what you are restraining yourselves from doing is the way you are earning your righteous standing with God, you have got to put a lot of confidence in your flesh to do that . . .
What you are talking about is being Christians, and you can think of it as opposed to being Jews, where their birth flesh (in their own minds) made them somehow superior to other people with "ordinary" flesh.
Those who are IN Jesus Christ are those who place no confidence in their flesh, but understand, as Paul understood, that in their flesh dwells no good thing.
That is wrong because you have to act, meaning once you believe, then you repent and are baptized, since being "in Christ" means being a member of the church, and that isn't by just doing nothing.
The sanctification that comes by way of being placed INTO Christ - joined to Christ - is positional truth. A sanctified position IN Christ comes not as a result of behavior, it comes as a result of belief!
Yes He is because we, as the church, are sanctified to good works. If we are not doing good works, then we are spewed out (figuratively speaking).
God is not looking at our production.
That is what Paul calls "The Law of Faith".
God is not looking at how well we adhere to any standard.
Of course you will never produce a single Bible verse to support this because it is just a man-made theory.
God is not looking at our behavior in order to view us as being in favor with him.
So is this your way of absolving yourself of all responsibility for your behavior?
What a marvelous plan God had for us! God has kept the fingerprints of the guilt-worthy off of the righteousness he designed for the guilt-worthy.
God wants people to come to godliness, but before people can do that, they needed to be shown that such a thing was possible by a human being, so He sent His son to show us the way.
God’s reconciliation to man is from God’s side only.
What the actual verse says is that Jesus died, you added in your own philosophical theory into it to create your own made-up pseudo-scripture.
let his own son die for sinful man, and have his son pay all the penalties of their sins, forget their rebelliousness and overlook their hostility, while they were still sinners, . . .
God offers to us a gesture of reconciliation, and if you read the verse, it says that God will do even greater things to those who become righteous by making use of what has already been made available.
God has one-sidedly reconciled himself to mankind through what the death of his son accomplished; all sins and hostility are paid for as far as God is concerned.
You can not separate the two things as long as you are alive because "salvation" as the word is used in the Bible, means being in the church, which is God's kingdom.
Many people involved in religion’s domain are dealing with God on the basis of probation, rather than salvation.
Saving the world is not individually taking a person here and a person there and sending them off to heaven, but it is people becoming righteous with the help of the spirit of God that comes through Christ to make the world a better place to live in.
All the saving work that God could possibly do, he has already done through Christ.
God's spirit drives out fear, not human theories for complacency.
Appreciation based on the reality of salvation, not apprehension based on religion’s message of probation.
What do you think "putting away sins" means?
If Satan can keep that glorious message of Paul hidden by blinding people’s eyes to the reality of reconciliation through a message that keeps sin on the table of God’s justice where that sin has already been put away.
You can say that, but it goes directly against the teachings of the New Testament.
God did not lift up the Gentiles, who had been without God, and put them on an equal or higher plain, than belonged to Israel.
"According to Paul" where?
He concluded Israel in unbelief, as he had previously concluded the Gentiles in unbelief, both of them down on the same level, so that he might have mercy on all, and that is where it is today, according to Paul.
Through Jesus, meaning here is a man, born with the same human nature as us, who lived righteously, and was vindicated by Him at the resurrection, so we know that even as sinful humans, if we live righteously as Jesus did, we can be adopted as sons of God.
It is man who needs to be reconciled to God, not the other way around. God is already reconciled to us, where our sins are concerned.
jmdewey60... Jesus like a disguise to hide behind, to appear righteous to God's scrutiny.It means living to Christ's standards... .
The christian idea of being ''saved'' revolves around the removal of ''sin''. Many christians believe they can simply send all their sin-bills to Jesus, who would pay for it all and clear them for entry into heaven. The logic behind this thinking, as I've been told, is that we are - by default - headed towards hell and that in order to avoid hell, we need to have our sin-dues cleared by believing an innocent man died for those sins and everybody elses sins, ...even those born 2000 years after his ''death''. _________________________________________ As for being Christians being saved ''unconditionally'' just by believing in Jesus..... Jesus himself makes it clear that he would drive away many who call him ''Lord, Lord''. Its self evident that those people will not be Jews or Muslims or Buddhists, but rather those who believed in him...Christians.
the Jews had confidence in the flesh in that their genetics made them unconditionally saved.
Being a "Christian" can be like being a Jew was, in Jesus' day, thinking that because we believe in Jesus, we are then unconditionally saved.
I think that was the point, and how people can avoid that conclusion is beyond me, unless it is a cult thing, where you are devoted to some system that does something that simulates what people might think the spirit is.
Its self evident that those people will not be Jews or Muslims or Buddhists, but rather those who believed in him...Christians.