Nothing in the Bible is stated more clearly or with greater emphasis than the blessed the Apostles Paul’s revelation of justification, or right standing with God, as coming to us only by grace, through faith, without works.
Part 1 – Fallen Israel as a Broken-Off Branch
By Arthur J Licursi
Before one can be saved from eternal damnation they need to know and acknowledge their true condition, as to how they are seen in God’s eyes. Who can receive and answer until they first come to the question… which is, “Is man able to save himself?”
God’s word gives us the answer starting with the revelation of our true condition, apart from His Salvation.
“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” (Proverbs 14:12)
Paul’s words tell us how the Lord reacts to our failing (sinning)… He does NOT React. He simply permits the flowering of what we’ve sown into our lives.
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.  For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption (the natural ruin of sin); but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap (of the) life everlasting” (Galatians 6:7-8).
The order of the three coming resurrections, according to the Holy Scriptures, are as follows:
- The Secret Resurrection is of the members of “the Body of Christ,” which we call the Rapture.
This glorious resurrection will take place in the course of the Rapture of the Church (below). It will include those who are “in Christ” from the time of the Apostle Paul to the sound of “the trump” (cf. 1Cor. 15:51-53).
“Therefore, My Beloved Brethren, Be Ye Stedfast, Unmoveable, Always Abounding In The Work Of The Lord, Forasmuch As Ye Know That Your Labour Is Not In Vain In The Lord” (I Cor. 15:58).
What wonderful words of assurance! Who among us has not felt, at some time or another, that our labor for the Lord is in vain? At such times, what a comfort it is to rest in this unconditional, unqualified, God-given guarantee that our labors for Him are not in vain!
But how could Paul say such a thing, in light of his words to the Galatians, where he said,
At its most basic level, prayer is an “inner-man” issue. Long before words are uttered using physical lips, a heart attitude (thoughts) forms those words. Thus, technically speaking, before any audible voice occurs, God reads the human thoughts underlying their prayer. Recall the words that Samuel’s wrote; “for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” (1Samuel 16:7).
How does God’s foreknowledge and man’s free will work together? This is a core question since apart of free-will, man would be but an automaton or robot.
All genuine Christians must have had faith for salvation by grace through faith in Christ as Savior. Yet, the plan of God is to also renew and sanctify or set apart our soul’s mindset unto Him. This is called sanctification, which is accomplished in the very same way of faith in Christ for His accomplishment “in us.” “As (in the same way) ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so (also) walk ye in him: (Colossians 2:6)
There are two prevailing erroneous theological systems of belief that are predominant among Christian denominations and their adherents. They are Arminianism and Calvinism. Both draw on non-dispensational use of Scripture ignoring to whom their supporting verses are written. These two systems are described in summary as appear here below:
Calvinism emphasizes Total Depravity of Man