Q&A About Being Saved And Full Salvation (4)
Question: People are sinful, but the sin offering of the Lord Jesus is forever effective. As long as we confess, the Lord will forgive us. We are sinless in the Lord’s eyes, so we will enter the kingdom of heaven!
Answer: The Lord Jesus did forgive our sins. But it doesn’t mean we aren’t sinful, or we’ve broken free from the shackles of sin and become holy. The Lord Jesus has forgiven our sins. But what does “sin” mean here? We all know things like fornication and theft which are against the law, the commandments, and God’s word, all are sins. Anything that resists God, condemns God, and judges God are also sins, not to mention blasphemy against God, which is unforgivable! In the Age of Grace, the Lord Jesus made Himself the sin offering for mankind. Only by praying, confessing, and repenting to the Lord would people not be condemned or put to death. In other words, God no longer took them as sinners. And mankind could pray to the Lord directly and enjoy His grace due to His forgiveness. This is the real meaning of “sins are forgiven.” Although man’s sins are forgiven because of the sin offering made by the Lord Jesus, it doesn’t mean that man will no longer sin or resist God. Because man’s sinful nature still remains, he can still resist God, betray God, and make an enemy of Him. How could he be qualified to enter the kingdom of heaven? Like Almighty God’s word says, “A sinner such as you, who has just been redeemed, and has not been changed, or been perfected by God, can you be after God’s heart? For you, you who are still of your old self, it is true that you were saved by Jesus, and that you are not counted as sinners because of the salvation of God, but this does not prove that you are not sinful, and are not impure. How can you be saintly if you have not been changed? Within, you are beset by impurity, selfish and mean, yet you still wish to descend with Jesus — you should be so lucky! You have missed a step in your belief in God: you have merely been redeemed, but have not been changed. For you to be after God’s heart, God must personally do the work of changing and cleansing you; if you are only redeemed, you will be incapable of attaining sanctity. In this way you will be unqualified to share in the good blessings of God, for you have missed out a step in God’s work of managing man, which is the key step of changing and perfecting. And so you, a sinner who has just been redeemed, are incapable of directly inheriting God’s inheritance.” (from “Concerning Appellations and Identity” in The Word Appears in the Flesh) The redemptive work the Lord Jesus did was only to forgive men’s sins, but it did not resolve their corrupt disposition. Satanic dispositions like arrogance, selfishness, and craftiness still remain within them. These corrupt dispositions are something deeper and more profound than sin. They’re also the root of man’s resistance to God. If these satanic corrupt dispositions are not resolved, people will still resist God, and still judge and condemn God via their imagination and false notions. In persecution and tribulation, they’ll still deny God, and even betray Him just like Judas. If given power, they will form separate kingdoms to fight against God. Some will even steal God’s offerings and offend His disposition, and will be condemned by God and perish. Today, most pastors and leaders in the religious world do not follow the words of the Lord Jesus. They willfully misinterpret the Bible, saying that man’s words are God’s words. They exalt man’s word over those of the Lord Jesus. So the believers all worship and follow man, having no place in their hearts for the Lord, and are controlled firmly in their hands. Especially when the returned Lord Jesus does the work of judgment, these pastors and leaders not only refuse to seek or investigate, but instead condemn God’s work, judge and blaspheme God. They also fabricate rumors to deceive the believers and seal off the churches, making an enemy of God and offending His disposition. This is the biggest resistance against God. This is an unforgivable sin! Their evil deeds are far more serious than those of the Pharisees who resisted the Lord Jesus. This proves that before man’s nature of resisting God is resolved and his satanic corrupt disposition is cleansed, he can still perform any evil against God. How can such a person enter God’s kingdom? Therefore, according to His plan of managing and saving mankind and also corrupt mankind’s needs, God expresses various truths in the last days. He begins the work prophesied in the Bible that “judgment must begin at the house of God,” to solve the problem that corrupt mankind is controlled by his satanic nature. In this way, man can gradually get rid of his satanic corrupt disposition, and no longer disobey or resist God, and can truly obey and fear God, thus being purified and entering the kingdom of heaven.
Source: Walk in the Light
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