When a Christian proclaims salvation in Christ, we are not demonstrating this salvation as freedom from sin. This is a mistaken view that the
unbelieving world holds. We are not free from sin any more than an Atheist. Conversely, an Atheist has the capacity to live a wholesome life leading
to a higher standard of righteous behavior. Claiming something does not relieve a person from the task of acting on that belief. Our own works are
not the point of salvation, but they ARE a product of it. Believers are set free from sin and death at a later date. This is true. In the mean
time, our lives must show evidence of this salvation. The only thing we have is a hope of this salvation in the future. Hope in salvation is what
sets the believer apart from those who do not profess faith and belief in God. Sin will still be present.
To the unbeliever, this looks like hypocrisy. We are claiming something we cannot demonstrate, which is complete mastery over sin and death. As
Christians, we will continue to sin and we will all die. This is no different than anyone else living on the planet today. There is NO difference
other than our hope, which is in the one (Christ) that HAS overcome sin and death. We cannot overcome ourselves, and this shows us to be equal to
everyone else on this Earth. In the end, it is a faith in hope and a determination to find love at its completion.
If you read a recent thread I did, you will see the point here: Righteousness,
Self-Righteousness and Wickedness.
I can clearly tell you that I am a follower of Christ, but my sin is always before me. The hunger to do wrong is still there, yet I have a hope that
my future baptism into a new life will be free from this. Becoming a Christian does not bring salvation in this life. Yes, it brings a more fruitful
life. It brings regeneration of the soul. There is no doubt that we are changed when we start the process of walking away from our sin. We are
changed, but not finished with the process. Life happens to us all equally. Faith brings a future hope of salvation as the promise of removing the
curse that we all endure. Until then, we are simply walking away while others are walking into the pit further. Many Christians are living the same
life as non-believers in this world. The key is held in the knowledge of Faith, Hope and Love. Apart from this fruit, there can be no salvation in
the future. It starts with faith leading to hope, but ends in a heart that can love others.
Judgment of others cannot produce this fruit, yet truth is a judge. This is the paradox for the Christian. By proclaiming the truth, we are denying
the ignorance of others. Ignorance ignores truth. Does truth judge? Yes, but the one proclaiming that truth cannot be the judge of another person.
The truth judges only.
28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who
are waiting for him.
What is the Point in salvation?
We are waiting. Salvation comes at a later date. Until then, you must be born again. Baptism is the involution of the soul into the material world
for the purpose of repenting. We are ALL here for this purpose. It's a work in progress. When a Christian claims a changed life, it is true, yet
sin remains. If you have been born into this current day and age, then you have willingly been baptized into the waters of life for the purpose of
walking away from sin. The symbolism we use in the church for baptism is symbolic of this process. Because of the veil over the temple, you do not
remember this fact about yourself.
Those who condemn Christians as hypocrites do not see the facts about their own baptism. In Israel, the temple had a veil. That veil was there to
keep the people from seeing what was right there inside the temple. Within each of us, there is a Holy Spirit waiting to emerge from behind the
covering. Christians are proclaiming this truth, yet we are ALL out of context to that truth while we are here. Only truth can condemn the soul. A
Christian cannot judge or condemn anyone apart from self-righteousness, which is itself wickedness. No condemnation is necessary. The law keeps the
soul in check. Break the law and it will break you.
We are commanded to judge not. By judging others, we truly condemn ourselves. We must simply proclaim the truth that is our hope for the future.
Does the Atheist condemn the Christian? Does the Christian condemn the Atheist? In either case, is this the point of denying ignorance? Not at all.
Truth is evident and those who embrace ignorance are easy to spot. It is only necessary to show the truth by our own lives lived. Truth is evident
to the one who is running toward it.
Those who do not place their hope in the message of Christ have the freedom to look in other places. If hope is found, then life can be focused that
direction. For Christians, their hope is found in seeing that we have none apart from the message Christ proclaimed. This would be an easy claim to
dismiss if it were not for the present condition of the world. The truth of the Bible is evident. Now, more than ever, we have the ability to see
truth and deny ignorance by the light of current events.
The fruit of our hope reveals the truth behind it. Read that again! The fruit of our hope reveals the truth behind it.
Where is your hope in the future and what fruit does it produce? When all things are reduced to the root, we find the simple message of Christ. Be
holy, for I am holy. Judge not lest you be judged. Do unto others as you would do unto yourself. Remove the need for law with love for others.
Please tell me, is there a higher message in which you can place your faith and hope for the future?
Each of us are locked up and under custody to the law. When are we free?
23 Before the coming of this faith,[j] we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed. 24 So the
law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. 25 Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian.
26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to
Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
When does truth set you free? When you claim the promise and apply the message. Until then, we are still children under a guardian. All of us are
here to repent in this baptism of life. Even Christians.
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