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Life's Eternal Way

The Christian Reformation Insights to Faith & Works:

The date 31 October 1517 celebrated as when Martin Luther posted “The 95 Thesis“, which marks a critical juncture in The Reformation Movement 500 years ago. The Catholic’s Church hypocrisy & power players felt “scared” by this document.

The challenges to prevailing assumptions at that time lead to deeper understandings of God’s Word. Faith’s primary role emerged from careful study of God’s Words in the Biblical Scriptures.

Acknowledging nuanced interplay between Faith (being) & Works (doing) as subtle yet important, created a visual with accompanying explanations to showcase the process from God’s intervention to each person’s eternal life.

While this visual & explanation focuses upon the “sunny day” path for true believers who reach heaven & eternal life with God, Biblical scriptures also contain much about the destination of unbelievers & people who presume they’re true believers incorrectly.

Life’s Eternal Way Summarized:

God intervenes to instruct people who hear God’s word to initiate a living faith resulting in a new Godly Creation (i.e. new internal character) leading to willful obedience showcased by evidential works used in divine judgement to determine an individual’s destination in an eternal home where true believers fellowship continues forever with God & The Church as Christ’s Bride.

God Instructs People:

God intervenes to instruct people who hear & read & experience God’s word, which serves to to initiate a living faith in Jesus our Savior.

Romans 10:17 (ESV): “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”

While some people believed in God’s Word and Jesus God’s Son, others did not believe & did not obey God’s Word.

Romans 10:16 (ESV):But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?”

For those uncertain, recommend follow examples of those of Berea, who searched God’s Word to ascertain eternal truths.

Acts 17:11 (ESV): “Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. “

God recognizes the value of those who search for God’s righteousness to understand what God expects & to know God’s character & what God expects in our personal character.

Matthew 6:33 (ESV): “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

Seek God’s Righteousness a lifelong process to better understand Jesus’ character which the exact nature & image of God.

Hebrews 1:3 (ESV):He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, …”

The goal our of searching for God’s Righteousness & God’s Kingdom to enter into a living faith.

Living Faith:

A living faith more than simply an intellectual acknowledgement that Jesus Christ is Son of God & came to restore people to God.

Romans 1:17 (ESV):For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”

Even Satan’s Demons & Satan knows God & knows Jesus is The Christ. This evidences that intellectual knowledge itself insufficient. Many people unable to even realize that knowledge in their lifetime.

Luke 4:41 (ESV): “And demons also came out of many, crying, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew that he was the Christ.”

A living faith impacts how one makes decisions & what risks take as learning what God expects & seeking to follow Jesus’ example. See Hebrews 11 for examples of those who lived by Faith & even risked their lives.

A living faith is not a counterfeit faith. A counterfeit faith where people try to follow rules without pursuing fixes to their underlying character. In Jesus’ day, the highly regarded religious Pharisees obeyed all types of man-made rules & even God’s rules like the tithe, yet their inner hearts far from what God expected, even rejecting & seeking to kill Jesus & lying about it too.

Galatians 2:16 (ESV): “yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.”

A living faith results in a new Godly creation, where a person “born again” spiritually.

John 3:3 (ESV):Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

The living faith that comes leads to receiving of God’s Holy Spirit, rather than following any specific law whether human-made or divine law.

Galatians 3:2 (ESV): “Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith?”

A New Godly Creation:

A living faith a way of life rather than mere intellectual accent, which results in a new transformed Godly character.

2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV): “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

This new Godly character a spiritual reality rather than merely something which comes about via any external religious traditional, even traditions instituted by God.

Galatians 6:15 (ESV): “For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation.”

Because of a changed internal character, then a person looks for opportunities to do good to others.

Galatians 6:10 (ESV):So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

As a new Godly creation, then a desire to follow God’s Word and do what is right via willful obedience to God.

Wilful Obedience to Christ:

While it’s important to obey God, it’s even better when do it cheerfully & willingly because you get to participate & help out, as God desires willful obedience.

2 Corinthians 9:7 (ESV): “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

When people desire to obey God and do what’s right, then know they will often do even more than asked.

Philemon 1:21 (ESV): “Confident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say.”

Our role to focus on the spiritual & the good character God wishes to see inside each of us, so as to get victory over our sinful nature.

Galatians 5:16 (ESV): “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.”

The Apostle Paul exhibited such a willingness in the inner being to follow God, so as to even exhibited heightened awareness to his failings in doing all God desired.

Romans 7:19-20 (ESV):19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.

God wishes us to exhibit the fruits of the Spirit in our walk with God in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV):22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Evidential Works:

A living faith resulting in a new Godly character ready to willfully obey God will naturally live life doing good works as a by-product of the new inner self.

James 2:18 (ESV): “But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.”

What each person does evidences their faith or lack or faith. Because of this, God able to judge & justify people by looking at their works.

James 2:24 (ESV): “You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.”

If good works that proceed naturally don’t exist, then person must evaluate whether possess a living faith rather than a dead faith.

James 2:26 (ESV): “For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.”

Divine Judgement:

The evidential works of each person who followed Jesus used on Judgement Day, based upon record keeping God put in place.

Revelation 20:12 (ESV): “12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done.”

Even those who did not follow Jesus judged also by their works.

Revelation 20:13 (ESV):And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.

Eternal Home

God sent his son Jesus for all people to get opportunity to spend eternity with God.

John 3:16 (ESV): “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

God plans to create a new Heaven and a new Earth for those who followed him with a living faith with their names written in The Book of Life:

Revelation 21-1-2 (ESV): Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

Even before the new Heavens & new Earth created, know God prepared a paradise for believers. How much more a paradise the new creation!

Luke 23:43 (ESV): “And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.” “

Fellowship Continues with God:

Those who exhibit a living faith in Jesus Christ the Son of God and Savior of the World desire to fellowship with God & become more & more like God. God plans to fulfill this desire in true believers for eternity by dwelling with people.

Revelation 21:3 (ESV):And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.

Once in Heaven with God, then true believers will become like Jesus in matters of character in fulfillment of their aspirations.

1 John 3:2-3 (ESV): “2 Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. 3 And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.

A deeper mystery concerns God’s Church as the Spiritual Bride to Jesus the Christ as the Bridegroom (i.e. groom or groom to be), which expect spiritually consummated in Heaven. This also consistent with God’s condemnation of God’s people the Israelites as unfaithful in the Old Testament.

Ephesians 5:31-32 (ESV): ” 31 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.” “

Life’s Eternal Way Wrap-up:

Shared scriptures showing God instructs people who hear God’s word to initiate a living faith resulting in a new Godly character leading to willful obedience showcased by evidential works used in divine judgement to determine an individual’s destination in an eternal home where true believers fellowship continues forever with God & The Church as Christ’s Bride.

For those interested, Biblical scriptures also contain much about the destination of unbelievers & people who presume they’re true believers incorrectly, which you welcome to research further.

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