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Righteousness by Faith

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The very foundation of Salvation is grounded in the realization that God’s unmerited love toward us is greater than any other power including death.  Romans 8:35-39  Ephesians 3:14-21

 

 

Pastor Dennis Smith

Righteousness by Faith

 Righteousness by faith is simply looking to Jesus to manifest His righteous life of victory in our life.  God wants us to look to Christ for victory, not to ourselves:

 

“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb. 12:1, 2).

 

This is true righteousness by faith and is God’s will for every Christian.  Oswald Chambers, a well-known Christian author, clearly presented this wonderful truth in the July 23 reading of his daily devotional, My Utmost for His Highest:

 

“But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us . . . sanctification” (1 Cor. 1:30).

 The Life Side

The most wonderful secret of living a holy life does not lie in imitating Jesus, but in letting the perfect qualities of Jesus exhibit themselves in my human flesh.  Sanctification is ‘Christ in you . . . ‘ (Col. 1:27).  It is His wonderful life that is imparted to me in sanctification – imparted by faith as a sovereign gift of God’s grace.  Am I willing for God to make sanctification as real in me as it is in His Word?

 

“Sanctification means the impartation of the holy qualities of Jesus Christ to me.  It is the gift of His patience, love, holiness, faith, purity, and godliness that is exhibited in and through every sanctified soul.  Sanctification is not drawing from Jesus the power to be holy – it is from Jesus the very holiness that was exhibited in Him, and that He now exhibits in me.  Sanctification is an impartation, not an imitation.  Imitation is something altogether different.  The perfection of everything is in Jesus Christ, and the mystery of sanctification is that all the perfect qualities of Jesus are at my disposal.  Consequently, I slowly but surely begin to live a life of inexpressible order, soundness, and holiness –‘ . . . kept by the power of God . . . ‘ (1 Peter 1:5).”

 

Do you see the beauty of this truth?  Our part is to look to Jesus in trusting faith, believing God’s promise to manifest Christ and His righteousness in us.  Our only part is to choose to let this happen and believe it will happen.  When unrighteous desire and temptations come, we are not to fight against them.  We are to turn to Christ and to ask Him to manifest His own righteousness (Heb. 12: 1, 2).  Then we are to wait in faith, believing He will do it.

 

Then when Jesus returns we will be able to stand in the very presence of Christ in all His glory and not be consumed.  This is God’s promise to His children, and it will be fulfilled as we learn to look to Jesus in faith for this marvelous manifestation of Himself in us:

 

“Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy” (Jude 24).

 

Knowing and Trusting In God’s Steadfast Love Is The Very Basis Of Salvation

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For the love of Christ compels us…Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.    2 Corinthians 5:14,17

Jesus Just Wants To be Friends With You!!  John 15:14-15

 

 

Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the Everlasting Gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people—

  Revelation 14:6, Matthew 24:14

 The Gospel Is Jesus!!

 “Knowing and Trusting In God’s Steadfast Love Is The Very Basis Of Salvation”!  How is this true?    

“For God so loved”  FirstHe GaveHe Forgave. John 3:16-17, 15:9,17, 17:20-26, 1 John 4:410,Romans 5:6-11, Ephesians 4:32, Colossians 3:12-17, Matthew 6:14-15, 5:43-48, Psalms 94:18, 1John 4:13-21,John 17:2-3,23, Romans 8:32,35-39

 The very foundation of Salvation is grounded in the realization that God’s unmerited love toward us is greater than any other power— including death.                                                          Romans 8:35-39, Ephesians 3:14-21

 

The Heart Of The Gospel

Selfishness is at the very core of sin and in the end will destroy you! It is a virus that has infected all humanity! Romans 3:23,6:23, Matthew 25:41

 

Selfishness —Self-seeking—-displaced love, liberty, peace and life.                                                Romans 6:12,18-20, 1Corinthians 13:5

 

The result of self-seeking (Sin) is separation from God, absence of peace and a gross misjudgment of God’s character of Love.  Fear, guilt and separation control the sinner’s life. Romans 5:1-11 Justification means being “set right” or “put right.”

 

Sinners no longer trust God for their welfare. Fear causes self-seekers to take matters into their own hands—to trust in themselves. Thus the survival of the fittest emerges! 2 Timothy 3:1-5,4:10,Titus 3:3-8,Galatians 2:20

 

Removing the selfishness from our minds, Jesus will restore in us the living law of love and liberty.  Then we will once again stand as intelligent, self-governed, self-sacrificing friends of God—as the living repositories of His great law of love and liberty.                           John 17:14,15, 2Corinthians 3:18, 5:12-21.

 

When we “know” God as Jesus revealed Him to be and trust Him, then we have confidence, faith, or trust in Jesus’ ability to “save” (salvage) us! Our assurance or confidence is in our Savior (just like the thief on the Cross) not in a legal payment.        John 17:3

 

We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.  Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future. Salvation is Now!!                    1John 5:11-13, 1 John 3:2, John 17:3

Jesus Is Looking For Friends!!

So it is—At the very heart of the Gospel is Jesus–Just Looking For Friends– Loving us and healing our broken relationship with His Steadfast Love–Love that is everlasting!!

Psalms 94:18    Jeremiah 31:3   Romans 3:26

 Jesus Just Wants To Be Your Friend!!

John 15:14-15

Will You Be His Friend?

Revelation 3:20


This is truly the Everlasting Gospel.   Revelation 14:6

We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.  Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future. Salvation is Now!!   Psa 31:14,15,16,  1John 5:11-13,   1 John 3:2,   John 17:3

 

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The Faith Struggle

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We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.  Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future. Salvation is Now!1John 5:11-13,   1 John 3:2,   John 17:3

 

 

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Jesus Is Most Precious

 

When we understand this aspect of righteous by faith, the abiding in Christ aspect of sanctification and obedience, Jesus will become even more precious to us.  His victory in the flesh becomes our victory over temptation when we by faith ask Him to live out His victory in us.  When tempted we must learn to immediately turn to Christ, and let Him manifest His obedience in and through us over what ever temptation we are facing.

Our victory has already been obtained by Christ 2000 years ago.  That is why He became a man and lived a perfectly obedient life overcoming all temptation (Hebrews 4:15, 1Peter 2:21-22).  By faith in Christ we have His justifying righteousness covering us.  By faith in Christ we have His sanctifying righteous obedience lived out in and through us.  These are two precious aspects of righteousness by faith.  Both are Christ’s righteousness.  His justifying righteousness is imputed to us.  His sanctifying righteousness is imparted to us.  We receive both by faith.  When we understand these two aspects of righteousness by faith we will see that it is Jesus from beginning to end in our Christian experience.  Then all man’s boasting will be laid in the dust.

 

This is why the apostle Paul wrote:

 

“That no flesh should glory in his presence.  But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: that, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.” 1Corinthians 1:29-31

 

You see, we are to receive everything from Christ just as the branch receives everything it needs from the vine.  Christ is to be our wisdom, our righteousness, our sanctification and our redemption. If we stay continually connected to Him through the baptism of the Holy Spirit, daily feeding on His Word, and moment-by-moment prayer we will receive these blessings from Him; not by working to receive them, but by believing we have them.

 

“For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” 1John 5:4

 

Jesus paid it all.  Jesus did it all.  Our part is to simply believe.  When we experience the righteousness that comes by faith then all the glory goes to Christ and none to ourselves.  That is why in God’s kingdom all crowns will be cast at Jesus’ feet.

 

 The Faith Struggle

 

In order to experience continual, unbroken abiding in Christ and Christ abiding in us there must be continual 100% surrender to God’s will.  God may lead you into an experience where this is not easy.  The challenge may seem too difficult.  At such times it is important to remember that you are in the situation by God’s leading.

 

Christ’s Example

 

Christ’s experience in the Garden of Gethsemane after sharing the Passover with His disciples and instituting the communion service was such an occasion.  Throughout His life Christ had obeyed His heavenly Father implicitly by allowing the Father to manifest Himself through Him.  John wrote of Jesus:

 

“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” John 1:14

 

Jesus allowed the Father to manifest His glory throughout His life.  He had never turned away from following the truth of God’s Word or the way the Father led Him.  Now in the garden He faced the most difficult challenge of following the Father’s will.  Three times He prayed that the “cup” of suffering be taken from Him and each time He yielded to the will of the Father (Matthew 26:39-44).

The Father understood the struggle Jesus was going through, but He could not remove it.   It was all in His divine will for the events to transpire.  Jesus knew He was being led by His Father.  The will of His Father was clear to Him.  Therefore, He willingly submitted even though the submission was very difficult at that moment.

In prayer Christ gained the victory over the crisis of the cross He was facing.  Once the victory was gained in prayer His obedience unto death was assured.

When we face such times of crisis under God’s leading it is essential we follow Christ’s example.   In prayer we will find the strength and courage to move forward in faith as we continue to abide in Christ knowing that He will see us through, and will manifest Himself in and through us all the way to victory.

Taking Out The Trash

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Who wants to live with yesterday’s rubble?  Who wants to hoard the trash of the past?  You don’t, do you?  Or do you?
I’m not talking about the trash in your house, but in your heart.  Not the junk of papers and boxes but the remnants of anger and hurt.  Do you rat-pack your pain?  Amass offenses?  Record slights?
A tour of your heart might be telling.  A pile of rejections.  Accumulated insults.  No one can blame you.  They’re innocence takers, promise breakers, and wound makers.  They’re everywhere and you’ve had your share.
Jesus answered Peter’s question in Matthew 18:21 and 22 when he asked:  “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me?  Seven times?”  “No, not seven times,” Jesus said.  “Seventy times seven!”
Do you want to give every day a chance?  Jesus says to get rid of the trash.  Give the grace you’ve been given!

Is Sabbath Rest An End Time Issue?-3

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I personally believe we are living at the very end of time and Jesus my Savior is about to come to deliver those who believe in Jesus, Daniel 12:1, Romans 3:26, Revelation 14:12.

The Last Testing Truth For The World

I firmly believe that the testing truth for the world in the final crisis is centered on the issue of proper worship. (Just count the times worship is mentioned in Revelation Chapters 13 and 14, it is very revealing). Please do not attack individuals or denominations over this issue but rather call the Christian church back to The Bible Gospel! The Bible is our only rule of belief and practice! Period!

 

First, Sabbath Rest is about Relationship. Hebrews 4:4, “And God rested on the seventh day from all His works.”  The phrase ‘rested from His works’ is a direct quote from Genesis 2:2.  Resting, too often, will convey an idea of passivity.  A better fit is the word “desisted or ceased”.  A good mental picture of “cease is that of a ship gliding into harbor after a long voyage or a train coming to a halt at the train station.  It is the anticipation of being with someone you love!  Ceasing points to the joy of being with that someone very special.  This is exactly what I believe is meant in Hebrews 4:10.  “God ceased from His works” which is to say God had eager anticipation of being with His creation.  The Sabbath is about an intimate personal relationship with my Creator (Genesis 2:1-3) and His power to save me and make me like Jesus.  1 John 3:2.  The Sabbath is about relationship and resulting loyalty to Jesus Christ.

 

Next the Prophet Ezekiel plainly says that The Sabbath is a relational marker—a sign. Exodus 31:13, 17. Ezekiel 20:12, 20.  Interestingly Paul says that a sign and seal are identical. See Romans 4:11.  Let me emphasize, “The Sabbath is a special time to enjoy more intimacy with The Creator, Jesus.  As a result of this time we become more and more loving and more and more like Jesus and ready for His appearing”  Praise God!  Mark 2:27, 1 John 3:2.

 

Finally, Sabbath Rest is a “ceasing” from all activity of trying to save myself and anticipating an intimate saving relationship with Jesus. Jesus is the only source for true rest and Salvation.  He wants us to “cease” completely trying to save ourselves.  And if we would only come to Him He then will justify us, sanctify us, and make us Holy just like Jesus.  John 17:3, Hebrews 4:4, 10, Matthew 11:28-30, 1 John 3:2,  1 Corinthians 1:29-31, and 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24.

 

Worship is The Final Issue

 

Let me toss Jacob’s Trouble into the mix! The “time” of Jacobs’ trouble (See Jeremiah 30:7, Daniel 12:1-2, Matthew 24:21, Revelation 13:15-18) is specifically centered on the issue of worship and is connected with the enforcement of the image to the beast with a death decree. The pressures will be extreme but God’s power to deliver His people is so much greater!!  And God will deliver all who believe in Jesus Daniel 12:1, Romans 3:26, (Compare Daniel 3:4-13, with Revelation 13:11-18).  So people living at the end of time will fall into one of two groups:  The worshipers of the True God having God’s Seal on their forehead (Revelation 7:3, 14:1) or the worshipers of the satanic trinity (The Dragon, The Beast, and the False Prophet Revelation 16:13-14) who have a mark on their right hand or on their forehead (Revelation 13:16-17, 14:11).

 

So how do I enter God’s rest?

 

We enter God’s rest by believing fully in Jesus!  Hebrews 4:3.

 

And the converse is also true; we don’t enter God’s rest because of unbelief.  Hebrews 3:19.

 

In other words, we have the “assurance” of entering God’s rest when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.  It is all about Jesus!  He is the only one who can save us.  Romans 3:26, 5:10.  The truth is we need to stop all efforts of trying to save ourselves!  Jeremiah 13:23, John 15:5.

 

We enter His rest when we consider Jesus Hebrews 3:1.

 

We enter His rest when we listen to His voice Hebrews 3:7, 15, 4:7.

 

We enter His rest when we cease completely from our own efforts to earn Salvation     Hebrews 4:10.

All of these admonitions are saying the same thing, so let me say it again, we have the “assurance” of entering God’s rest and obtaining salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.

Let me say it again: I strongly believe that the last testing truth for the world in the final crisis is centered on the issue of proper worship.

Revelation 13:15-17, 14:6-7

 

Hold firmly to Jesus my friend and never ever let go of your grip!

 

Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.  Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.  And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.  Hebrews 10:22-25.

 

So What Is Your Conclusion? Is Sabbath Rest An End Time Issue?

Revelation 14:6-7,12

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Chapters in Life

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Certain chapters in this life seem so unnecessary—like nostrils on the pre-born. Like suffering.  Loneliness.  Disease. Holocausts.  Martyrdom.  Hurricanes, earthquakes and monsoons.

If we assume this world exists just for pre-grave happiness, these atrocities disqualify it from doing so!  But what if this earth is the womb?  Might these challenges, severe as they may be, serve to prepare us, equip us for the world to come?

The apostle Paul wrote in 2nd Corinthians 4:17:  “These little troubles are getting us ready for an eternal glory that will make all our troubles seem like nothing.”

Eternal glory?  I’d like a large cup of that,  wouldn’t you?

Everything in this life is preparing us for the next.

The Secret of Success

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An accomplished Ironman triathlete told me the secret of his success.  He said, “You last the long race by running short ones.”   Don’t swim 2.4 miles; just swim to the next buoy.  Rather than bike 112 miles, ride 10, take a break, and bike 10 more.  Never tackle more than the challenge ahead.
Didn’t Jesus offer the same counsel?  He said in Matthew 6:34, “So don’t ever worry about tomorrow.  After all, tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
When asked how he managed to write so many books, the author explained that he’d never written a book.  All he did was write one page a day.
Face challenges in stages.  You can’t control your temper forever, but you can control it for the next hour.
Remember, you last the long race by running the short ones!

 

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit

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By Pastor Dennis Smith

 

Understanding and experiencing the baptism of the Holy Spirit is essential for the Christian to enter into the mystery of union with Christ; abiding in Christ and Christ abiding in him.  For this reason I have included this chapter on the Spirit’s infilling in this book.  If we do not understand and experience the baptism of the Holy Spirit we will not enjoy the fullness of Christ living in us nor have the victories necessary to become just like Jesus, and be ready for His second coming.  Also, our service for Him will be less fruitful.

I direct the reader to my book, “The Baptism of the Holy Spirit,” for a more in-depth study on the subject of Spirit baptism.  If you have read that book this chapter will be a review for you.  However, for the benefit of those who have not read that book I felt it necessary to include this chapter.

 

Satan’s Plan

 

Satan does not want you to understand or experience the baptism of the Holy Spirit.  Ellen White was aware of Satan’s devices to hinder the reception of this Gift by God’s people.

 

“Since the ministry of the Holy Spirit is of vital importance to the church of Christ, it is one of the devices of Satan, through the errors of extremists and fanatics, to cast contempt upon the work of the Spirit, and cause the people of God to neglect this source of strength which our Lord Himself has provided.”  Australian Signs of the Times, July 24, 1911

 

The baptism of the Holy Spirit simply describes a special infilling of the Holy Spirit into the life of the believer.  This baptism is also called infilling and anointing, and has been available to Christians since the day of Pentecost 2000 years ago.  Peter associated the Pentecost outpouring of the Spirit with the “early rain” prophecy of Joel; (Acts 2:16-21).

 

Jesus’ Promise and Example

 

Jesus promised that the Father would give the Spirit to all who ask, (Luke 11:13).  Paul tells us we receive this gift by faith, (Galatians 3:14).  The reception of this Gift is so important that Paul commands us to “be filled with the Spirit,” (Ephesians 5:18).  It is not simply an option.  It is a necessity if the believer is earnest about experiencing the full deliverance the gospel of Jesus Christ offers.

Jesus is our example in all things.  In His life we see the baptism of the Holy Spirit as a special, separate event following His baptism.  This event equipped Him for victory over Satan.  It was also a special anointing for ministry, (Luke 4:18-19).

Christ’s experience is a divine model for every Christian.  Christ was “begotten” of the Spirit, (Luke 1:35).  He was led by the Spirit in his childhood and early manhood, (Luke 2:52).  He received water baptism, which was followed by baptism in the Spirit, (Luke 3:21-22).  From that point on He was filled with the Spirit, (Luke 4:1).  After this experience of Spirit baptism (infilling or anointing) He was prepared to confront Satan and gain His greatest victories over this enemy, (Luke 4:2-13).  He went forth to minister in the power of the Spirit from that day onward, (Luke 4:14; Acts 10:38).

The experience of every believer is to follow Christ’s example.  The Christian is first born of the Spirit and baptized in water, (John 3:5-8).  However, water baptism is not enough.  It is only the beginning.  The believer must also be baptized by the Holy Spirit, (Luke 3:16).  This Spirit baptism became available from the day of Pentecost onward.  The infilling of the Spirit is necessary for the believer to have the power to live a victorious life and successfully witness for Christ, (Acts 1:8).

Jesus said the believer would do the “works” He did and “greater works.”  When Jesus was on earth He could only be at one place at one time.  However, when He ascended to His Father He was able to be in many places throughout the earth by indwelling His followers through the Holy Spirit, (John 14:16-18, 1John 3:24).  Hence, Jesus empowers the believer to do the same works He did by the Holy Spirit, and these works will be greater because they are more widespread.

The fulfillment of Jesus’ promise was seen on the day of Pentecost and following.  The gospel was preached, souls were won, unity and joy were seen in the believers, and the sick were healed, (Acts 2:46-47; 5:15-16).  This was the same type of ministry as Jesus’ ministry.

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