‘The faith of Jesus’

Galatians 2:16 says we are saved by; ‘The faith of Jesus’ and not by our works of the law.
In the case of Zaccheus in Luke 19:-10, it was the revelation that Jesus is the Son of God, and the need to repent that set him free. Mark 1:15 urges us to “Repent, and believe the Gospel.” In Luke 13:5 the consequences of not repenting are stressed “But unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” Jesus commands it in Matthew 4:17 “From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand.’”
Thus we have salvation instantaneously as we are justified by what Jesus did and then simultaneously we come into a state of regeneration-cum-renovation as progressively we are changed in an ongoing process (1Corinthians 3: 2-1) of sanctification by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.

 

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Abstract from my book, Sacraments a misnomer

Sacraments a Misnomer

Sacraments a Misnomer by Dr. Ian Traill

This book is in response to some questions regarding the traditional views of sacraments and the dynamics of salvation as Man tries to gain grace through his self efforts; if that were possible.

First of all let us ask some questions before we open up this study.

Ø  Should anyone in the 21st century be challenging the time-honoured views of scholarly Biblical men over the past two millennia?

Ø  Should we hold these people or their teaching as sacred?

Ø  Is doctrine locked in and finished, with no room for debate in the 21st Century?

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To answer these questions I have followed the rules of Biblical hermeneutics, paying special attention to what appears to be a conflict in Scripture and opening these up for a new perspective. We should not hold doctrine or what previous theologians have said as sacred, as their teachings are open to human frailty and error, as ours is too. Therefore we should be reviewing doctrine, but still have respect for the ones who went before.
This beautiful term, “we see through a glass darkly” is found in the Old King James Bible and refers to looking into a poor quality mirror getting some distortion in your reflection or as the Darby translation puts it, “we see now through a dim window obscurely” (1Corinthians13:12). The “glass darkly” effect of seeing the truth of the Bible only in part; may have been caused by the lapse of time, the history of the Church, non-Spirit led people, a denominational accommodating theology to justify a particular stance, or our fallibility as humans. In many cases these factors have caused us at times to be unfaithful to God’s Word.

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How to evangelise from Scripture?

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Did you want to take a person on a walk through the Bible to teach them how to become a Christian?

The following example will help you to understand this process as we walk through the Bible finding the golden threads of truth in sixteen different Scriptures.

1/ It was through one-man that sin entered into the world.
Romans 5: 12 Adam sinned, and that sin brought death into the world. Now everyone has sinned, and so everyone must die. (CEV)

2/ Now the Book of Romans says that all have sinned.
Romans 3: 23 for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (MKJV)

3/ Wages of sin is death
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (MKJV)

4/ Jesus said everyone must be born-again.
John. 3:3 Jesus replied to Nicodemus, “I can guarantee this truth: No one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” (GW)

5/ Christ died for us
Romans 5:8 Christ died for us while we were still sinners. This demonstrates God’s love for us. (GW)

6/ Christ died for us and he rose again
1 Corinthians 15:1 And, brothers, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you have received, and in which you stand; 2 by which you also are being kept safe, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received, that Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures; (MKJV)

7/ Christ came, not to condemn the world but to save the world.
John 3: 17 God sent his Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but to save the world. (GW)

8/ Believe in the Son and have everlasting life
John 3: 36 He who believes on the Son has everlasting life, and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides upon him. (MKJV)

9/ All people are loved by God
John 3:16 God loved the world this way: He gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life. (GW)

10/ To become the sons of God
John 1: 12 But as many as received Him, He gave to them authority to become the children of God, to those who believe on His name, (MKJV)

11/ By Grace, but still taking responsibility for our own sins
Ephesians 2: 8, 9 For by grace you are saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. (MKJV)

12/ Jesus stands at the door
Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him and he with Me. (MKJV)

13/ With the heart you believe
Romans 10:8 But what does it say? “The Word is near you, even in your mouth and in your heart”; that is, the Word of Faith which we proclaim; 9 Because if you confess the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth one confesses unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone believing on Him shall not be put to shame.” (MKJV)

14/ Confess Me (Jesus) before man
Matthew 10: 32, Then everyone who shall confess Me before men, I will confess him before My Father who is in Heaven. (MKJV)

15/ Repentance to avoid perishing
Luke 13:3 I tell you, No. But unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. (MKJV)

16/ He that has the Son has life
1John 5: 11And this is the record that God has given to us everlasting life, and this life is in His Son. 12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. 13 I have written these things to you who believe on the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have everlasting life, and that you may believe on the name of the Son of God. (MKJV)

Summary of major points
We need to understand these points to have assurance (to be sure) of our SALVATION.
We should make it clear for the new convert and understand it ourselves.
Seek forgiveness for sins.
Understand Jesus came to save.
He died on the cross and his blood washed away our sins.
He rose again to give us eternal life.
Jesus is the Son of God. He is God.
take responsibility for your sins and repent
Pray and Invite Jesus into your heart.

Realize that you are now a born-again Christian

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