The Truth of the Spirit
- And ye shall know the truth, and
the truth shall make you free.
- (John 8:32)
- There are some in your circle of Christian acquaintances
who say "all you have to do is believe and you shall be saved" quoting
Romans 10:8-10, not so.
- But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even
in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe
in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth
confession is made unto salvation.
- (Romans 10:8-10)
- They understand that by believing Jesus Christ is Lord and
that God raised Him from the dead, they shall be saved. The word saved
implies that this is a permanent state, like being saved from a shipwreck.
- Many famous preachers and teachers promote this belief
and have Scriptures to show, which seem to prove that they are right.
- We know that the Bible contradicts this and must ask
ourselves how can there be contradictions in God's word.
- It can only be that we do not understand what God means.
- After many years puzzling over this question, I would
like to intimate that it has been revealed that the crux lies in the phrase
"believeth unto righteousness".
- Just as the word "baptise" was an unfortunate choice
used by the Bible translators, as it should have promoted a clearer meaning
as to the purpose of the immersion; so the word "believe" should be more
closely associated with "believeth unto righteousness". In other words,
our faith is of such a nature and is so real that we have changed our ways
and attempt to live righteously. Being "saved" not only means that our
names are now entered into a book of life, but that we are empowered by
the Holy Spirit. We are converted (switched) from evil (worldly) ways to
righteous (Godly) ways because we were first convicted in our hearts to
do so. We now see everything and every person in a changed light. We each
become increasingly aware of the spiritual nature of the world around us
and our lives and circumstances. In this way we become a follower, a disciple
of our Lord. Jesus Christ is truly Lord. He is our loving Master.
- When one is convicted of a crime by a judge as a result
of his designated power, one becomes a convict in a jail because of crimes
that were committed against the laws of the land. The period in jail serves
to "wipe the slate clean". The price has been paid.
- When we are convicted by our conscience (spirit/soul)
of previous sins committed, wishing to have them repudiated, we need to
admit (confess) them, to "get them off our chest". God is our Judge; and
if we come to Him believing that Jesus has the power to be our Advocate
to plead our case, using His own blood as the cleansing medium in total
defence, He will prove to the Great Judge that the sentence has already
been carried out. The price has been paid.
- When crouched at the feet of Christ Jesus, crying out
in repentance, it is because we have been convicted in our hearts of our
- We have at last understood that Jesus, who is part of
the Godhead, actually died for us. God so loves me that He died
on my behalf, a dirty rotten sinner who will never be able to properly
reciprocate that love. We have to respond in love, we cannot help
ourselves. In that broken state of helplessness God really shows His love
by coming to live inside each of us, to guide and strengthen us spiritually.
- And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye
are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and
by the Spirit of our God.
- (1 Corinthians 6:11)
- What did Isaiah say?
- Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because
I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people
of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. Then
flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which
he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: And he laid it upon
my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity
is taken away, and thy sin purged. Also I heard the voice of the Lord,
saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am
I; send me.
- (Isaiah 6:5-8)
- We have willingly admitted our breaking of the law of God
to Him in the past. We ask to be forgiven because we have seen the evil
of our ways, we throw ourselves at the mercy of the Great Judge; we become
His servant, His prisoner.
- Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be
an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,
- (Romans 1:1)
- For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for
- (Ephesians 3:1)
- In response to the admission of our own helplessness, of
the lack of power to save ourselves, God, in His lovingkindness, enters
into us in the Person of the Holy Spirit and guides and strengthens us:
and because we each now belong to Him we are under His protection, both
spiritually and physically.
- What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the
Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not
your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your
body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
- (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
- Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them:
because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
- (1 John 4:4)
- However, we need to spend time every day to come into
God's loving, peaceful presence, to listen for His voice and to be guided
by His truth and wisdom. To learn more of Him.
- In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the
word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye
believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
- (Ephesians 1:13)
- He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God,
who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.
- (1 Thessalonians 4:8)
- Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but
according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and
renewing of the Holy Ghost;
- (Titus 3:5)
- Once we become too busy, like the grains of wheat among thorns
described in Matthew 13:22, we can quench, or put out the fire of the Holy
- Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly,
comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.
See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow
that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. Rejoice
evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is
the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit.
- (1 Thessalonians 5:14-19)
- God is always faithful and He governs in love because He
is love, and will always honour His commitment to each one of us.
The weakness is always on our side.
- So, we have to overcome the wiles of the evil one, the
god of this world; and as we shall see in another writing1
this is not easy.
- However, by asking for wisdom and obeying the will of
our Master we overcome the power of Satan:
- Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them:
because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. They
are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth
them. We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of
God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit
- (1 John 4:4-6)
- Here are a few examples of what God says in His word:
- And Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the
presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands
toward heaven: And he said, LORD God of Israel, there is no God
like thee, in heaven above, or on earth beneath, who keepest covenant and
mercy with thy servants that walk before thee with all their heart:
- (1 Kings 8:22-23)
- Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins
may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence
of the Lord;
- (Acts 3:19)
- Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent
him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.
- (Acts 3:26)
- What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the
law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves
servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto
death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye
were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of
doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became
the servants of righteousness.
- (Romans 6:15-18)
- Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation,
to doctrine. Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee
by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. Meditate
upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may
appear to all. Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue
in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that
- (1 Timothy 4:13-16)
- Please also read Ephesians chapter two.
- It is obvious that God does not say that we cannot lose
our salvation. Romans chapter ten must therefore mean that at the time
of our conversion we have moved into the household of God and are therefore
saved. But what about tomorrow? Have we moved house?
- We need to carry on "believing", to live as Jesus would
like us to, to keep in God's "good books".
- Here is a prayer of king Solomon the wise:
- And hearken thou to the supplication of thy servant,
and of thy people Israel, when they shall pray toward this place: and hear
thou in heaven thy dwelling place: and when thou hearest, forgive. If any
man trespass against his neighbour, and an oath be laid upon him to cause
him to swear, and the oath come before thine altar in this house: Then
hear thou in heaven, and do, and judge thy servants, condemning the wicked,
to bring his way upon his head; and justifying the righteous, to give him
according to his righteousness. When thy people Israel be smitten down
before the enemy, because they have sinned against thee, and shall turn
again to thee, and confess thy name, and pray, and make supplication unto
thee in this house: Then hear thou in heaven, and forgive the sin of thy
people Israel, and bring them again unto the land which thou gavest unto
their fathers. When heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because they
have sinned against thee; if they pray toward this place, and confess thy
name, and turn from their sin, when thou afflictest them: Then hear thou
in heaven, and forgive the sin of thy servants, and of thy people Israel,
that thou teach them the good way wherein they should walk, and give rain
upon thy land, which thou hast given to thy people for an inheritance.
If there be in the land famine, if there be pestilence, blasting, mildew,
locust, or if there be caterpiller; if their enemy besiege them
in the land of their cities; whatsoever plague, whatsoever sickness there
be; What prayer and supplication soever be made by any man,
or by all thy people Israel, which shall know every man the plague
of his own heart, and spread forth his hands toward this house: Then hear
thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and do, and give to every
man according to his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for thou, even
thou only, knowest the hearts of all the children of men;) That they may
fear thee all the days that they live in the land which thou gavest unto
- (1 Kings 8:30-40)
- If they sin against thee, (for there is no man
that sinneth not,) and thou be angry with them, and deliver them to the
enemy, so that they carry them away captives unto the land of the enemy,
far or near; Yet if they shall bethink themselves in the land whither
they were carried captives, and repent, and make supplication unto thee
in the land of them that carried them captives, saying, We have sinned,
and have done perversely, we have committed wickedness; And so return
unto thee with all their heart, and with all their soul, in the land of
their enemies, which led them away captive, and pray unto thee toward their
land, which thou gavest unto their fathers, the city which thou hast chosen,
and the house which I have built for thy name: Then hear thou their prayer
and their supplication in heaven thy dwelling place, and maintain their
cause, And forgive thy people that have sinned against thee, and all their
transgressions wherein they have transgressed against thee, and give them
compassion before them who carried them captive, that they may have compassion
on them: For they be thy people, and thine inheritance, which thou
broughtest forth out of Egypt, from the midst of the furnace of iron: That
thine eyes may be open unto the supplication of thy servant, and unto the
supplication of thy people Israel, to hearken unto them in all that they
call for unto thee. For thou didst separate them from among all the people
of the earth, to be thine inheritance, as thou spakest by the hand
of Moses thy servant, when thou broughtest our fathers out of Egypt, O
Lord GOD. And it was so, that when Solomon had made an end of praying
all this prayer and supplication unto the LORD, he arose from before the
altar of the LORD, from kneeling on his knees with his hands spread up
to heaven. And he stood, and blessed all the congregation of Israel with
a loud voice . . .
- (1 Kings 8:46-55)
- When we each come into Covenant with God through the saving
power of the Lord Jesus Christ we are in a similar position to the Children
of Israel who came before God under the mountain and made a Covenant as
a nation. The Old Covenant can therefore be used as a guideline to understand
what is in store for us.
- It would seem then that all believers into God who have
their names still entered in one of the books of life at the time of their
physical deaths shall be given a chance to stand on that day and
declare themselves, either confirming that their names are already in the
Lamb's Book of Life or having the opportunity at this time of convincing
God that their names should be entered there2.
See also 1 Corinthians 5:5.
- Those who have had their names removed from any of the
books shall not have this opportunity. See also Revelation 3:5.
- Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and
every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.
- (1 Corinthians 3:8)
- Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that
the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God,
him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple
- (1 Corinthians 3:16-17)
- So, in future, when you should come upon someone who raises
the "only believe" story, you can show him or her what God actually means
what He says.
- 1 God is Love.
- 2 See God our Saviour.