We cannot earn salvation, and we can never lose salvation, because salvation is based not upon what we do, or promise to do, but upon what Christ has already done for us! What an astounding truth to ponder and really come to understand; a gift declaration of righteousness to those who could never gain that declaration through performance. Does that mean that once we are saved, we can just go out and do anything we want to do; live anyway we want to live and still be saved? Self-sanctification is sitting at the core in a negative way in the mindset of the person who is posing that question. Paul proves that question to be just the opposite.
Grace is a much greater motivator. It is the love of God that constrains us, not fear that God is going to strike us dead, or allow us to be a part of the second death if we perform what we should not be performing, or do not measure up through our performance. Are people set apart as holy in God’s sight because of their lack of sin, or are people set apart as holy in God’s sight because he has joined them to his son? God has a purpose for those who believe, by placing the believer into his son. God did not predestinate us to believe, he predestinated us to be conformed to the image of his son, because he knew who would believe.
Should we just go out and sin all the more now that we know that God’s grace is given to us as a gift simply when we believe his son died for our sins, and put those sins off the table of God’s justice. We must understand that God has predetermined to glorify us. In fact, God has predestined us to that glorification. To predestinate simply means to decide and decree in advance the destiny of something. The natural man has his mind tuned in only to the channel of his own human perspective; satisfying the lust of his flesh; the lust of his eyes; and the pride of life. If something is not logical to the natural man’s way of thinking, he refuses to believe it, whether God said it or not, he wants to remain in his comfort zone. God is not giving out his righteousness as a reward to those who are sorry for the past, and who promise to do their best in the future. At the point of our belief in what Christ accomplished where our sins are concerned, we are as closely associated with Christ as anyone could be, we are joined to him. What an ingenious salvation plan, to take someone else that is righteous and join us to that person, therefore what is Christ’s is ours! It is a gift, a declaration of rightness with God, and this comes totally apart from that unrighteous person’s production.
God’s Reconciliation of Man, read more about it at http://godsreconciliation.blogspot.com/
Everything is possible with God. God never asks us to walk this walk alone, EVER.
The Narrow Gate
13Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
I somehow believe that you are eliminating any reason to be obedient to God? Forgive me if I'm wrong...but that's what I see illuminated in your post.
Fear of God is the beginning of Wisdom, the Bible tells us....I don't necessarily see where that is a negative thing, I think it's a great thing. It eliminates fear of man when we walk in the Spirit with boldness. Paul talks about this.
Matthew 10:28--And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
I would ask you, what about all the Scriptures speaking of being obedient, overcoming, dying daily...? I don't disagree with you that without Christ we could not have a chance of being saved, we would be dead...but there are far too many Scriptures/Verses that point that we MUST make a decision of trust/faith. That decision includes BELIEVING what He says throughout His Word. We can believe, BUT we must take Him at His Word...in other words, live what we believe. It is a gift, it will always remain a gift, but it's a gift that must be used...not just left unwrapped. For instance: Let's say I was given a gift of a new car to get me to work...that new car is a beautiful, lovely, and greatly needed gift...I could not get to work without it. But in order to use it, which makes it no less a gift, I still need to put a key in it, perhaps some gas, etc. It will not leave my driveway unless I actually do those things, will it? So I need to do something, as Christians, we don't just say we believe...sit tight and wait for Christ to come, NO, we are moved to live as He lived, believe what He says, walk in those Words. This makes His sacrifice no less a gift, but instead something that GLORIFIES the Lord.
We are all responsible for how we treat our faith in God. The Bible clearly tells us.
Paul tells us to clothe ourselves daily with Christ and to put on the armor of God, because our ministry of reconciliation is at stake. God committed to us the ministry of reconciliation, what kind of witness are we?