Evidence of Salvation

January 18, 2007

The only true God sent Jesus Christ into the world to take away the sins of the whole world. He forgave the world all its sins, but he saves his people, whom he foreknew, from all their sins.

Forgiveness of sins is totally different from salvation from sins. The forgiveness of sins is the gospel that Jesus died alone for sinners, but the salvation from sins is for sinners to be no longer slaves to sin, with their being crucified with Jesus and the body of sin being destroyed.

There are two gospels in the death of Jesus: The gospel of the Holy Place that Jesus died alone for sinners, which is the forgiveness of sins, and the gospel of the Most Holy Place that sinners are crucified with Jesus and saved from their sins. Therefore, the Word of Truth says, “from faith to faith.”

When the body of sin, the curtain hung between the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place is torn apart, the two gospels will become one; he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him and can attain to the saving of the soul, from faith to faith.

We can see the Lord before us behind the curtain when we come “from faith to faith”, not just “from faith.” When the curtain, his body was torn apart, he entered ahead of us the Most Holy Place behind the curtain from the Holy Place.

Anyone whose body has not been torn apart, and who has not been set free from sin, is not joined to the Lord. Those who are joined to the Lord are his body, which is the church. Salvation is the gift of God that is given only to his body, the church.

The Truth says, “Jesus replied, ‘I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed (John 8:34-36).'”

The Bible says, “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins (Matthew 1:21).” Saving them from their sins means that they are set free from their sins and sin no more.

The Lord Jesus was sent into the world to both forgive sins and take away sins. After he had accomplished it, he said, “It is finished,” and went back to God who had sent him.

It is written, “…But now he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself (Hebrews 9:26).” And also, “But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin (1 John 3:5).”

It is written, “No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God (1 John 3:9).” And also, “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world–our faith (1 John 5:4). And again, “We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the one who was born of God keeps him safe, and the evil one cannot harm him (1 John 5:18).”

And also, the Bible says, “Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world (1 John 4:17).”

Those who start from the hearing of faith and attain to faith working through love are God’s people whom He foreknew. Therefore, none of his chosen people who became one with the Lord will be lost.

The second death, that is, the lake of fire is reserved for all those other than his people. If the forgiveness of sins were all, there could not be eternal judgment. The eternal judgment is reserved for the sons of disobedience whose bodies–the curtain–have not been torn apart, and who have the flesh still living and use the gospel as an opportunity for the flesh and a cover-up for evil.

Therefore, the evidence of salvation is not staying in the forgiveness of sins, but the freedom from slavery to sin with the destruction of the body of sin.

It is written, “The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God (Hebrews 9:13-14)!” And also,”let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water (Hebrews 10:22).”

It is written, “When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life (Romans 6:20-22).”

Therefore, freedom from sin is evidence of salvation. If anyone only stays in the forgiveness of sins without being set free from sin, he will come forth to the resurrection of condemnation without the resurrection of life. It is because there is only Jesus’ death but there is no his own death. He is not joined to the Lord.

As it is written, “But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him (1 Corinthians 6:17),” he who is not joined to the Lord only knows the forgiveness of sins, not the freedom from sin. He who is not joined to the Lord does not have the Son. The Bible says, “He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life (1 John 5:12).”

Only those who have the Son can call the Father of our Lord Jesus our Father. “Our Father in heaven!” Amen. Thank you, Lord.

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