START OF PART THREE: 02/27/2018
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE TEACH ABOUT JUSTIFICATION?
JESUS WILL RENDER TO EVERY MAN ACCORDING TO HIS WORKS
Matthew 16:27- “For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.”
We will see the same teaching in the Book of Romans and in the Book of Revelation (the Apocalypse).
JESUS SHALL CAST INTO HELL THOSE WHO DO INIQUITY
Matthew 13:41-42- “The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; and shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”
God will condemn people to Hell based on whether they do iniquity.
EACH PERSON WILL RECEIVE REWARD OR PUNISHMENT BASED ON WHAT HE OR SHE HAS DONE IN THE BODY
2 Corinthians 5:9-10- “… Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”
We read that one must labor to be accepted by Christ. Further, we see that men will receive in the next world a reward or a punishment based on what they have done in the body, “whether it be good or bad.” The things which a man has done (his deeds) are seen as integral to his salvation or damnation.
ONE COULD HAVE ALL FAITH AND IT COULD PROFIT HIM NOTHING
1 Corinthians 13:1-2- “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.”
According to Protestant doctrine, faith alone grants salvation. Thus, one who has all faith would be saved. But the Bible teaches otherwise: one could have all faith and it could still profit him nothing. Justification is not by faith alone.
WHAT MUST ONE DO TO BE SAVED? JESUS SAYS: KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS, NOT JUST BELIEVE
Matthew 19:16-21- “And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments… and come and follow me.”
To the question of what he must do to be saved, Jesus says one must keep the commandments and follow Him.
YOU MUST BEAR YOUR CROSS TO BE HIS DISCIPLE
Luke 14:27, 33- “And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple…
Salvation is not attained by faith alone in Jesus, but by faith and carrying the cross and prioritizing all one possesses, making salvation in Jesus Christ’s religion the top priority.
MAN MUST KEEP THE SAYING OF JESUS TO NOT SEE DEATH
John 8:51- “Verily, verily, I say unto you, if a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.”
Those who keep His words, not just believe, will not see death.
ONLY THOSE WHO DO FORGIVE ARE FORGIVEN
Matthew 6:14– “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.”
One is only forgiven if he forgives. It’s not by faith alone.
MEN ARE JUSTIFIED AND CONDEMNED BY THEIR WORDS, NOT JUST ON THE BASIS OF WHETHER THEY BELIEVE
Matthew 12:36-37– “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.”
WORK OUT YOUR SALVATION WITH FEAR AND TREMBLING
Philippians 2:12- “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.”
Work out salvation with “fear and trembling,” obviously because men can lose their salvation through grave sin at any time.
THE BOOK OF ROMANS CLEARLY INDICATES THAT WORKS ARE A PART OF JUSTIFICATION AND SALVATION
*FOR A REFUTATION OF THE OBJECTION CONCERNING ROMANS 3:28 AND THE “WORKS OF THE LAW” PHRASE – A COMMON PROTESTANT MISCONCEPTION – SEE THE RESPONSE TO THAT OBJECTION AT THE END OF THIS SECTION
The Protestant theology, which says that man is justified by faith alone, is contradicted near the beginning of the Book of Romans by Paul’s discussion in Chapter 2 of how people will be condemned for what they do. It is also contradicted when Paul says in Romans that God will render to each man according to his WORKS, and that eternal life is for those who work unto good.
It’s very interesting that these passages come at the beginning of Romans. This was God’s way of removing any misunderstanding about the necessity to do things and avoid sins for salvation which might arise from heretical misinterpretations of later passages, which were written to emphasize that man is not justified by works of the Old Law.
Romans 2:5-6- “… the righteous judgment of God; Who will render to every man according to his deeds.”
He will render to every man according to his works or deeds, not on the basis of faith alone. He continues:
ETERNAL DEATH IS FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT OBEY THE TRUTH AND DO EVIL
Romans 2:8-10– “But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile.”
Eternal life is given to those who truly believe and do what is good. Eternal death is for every man, including believers, who do evil or commit grave sins and die in that state. It’s not by faith alone.
IF BELIEVERS LIVE AFTER THE FLESH, THEY SHALL ETERNALLY DIE
Romans 8:12-13– “Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.”
Speaking to “brethren,” that is, believers, he says that if they commit grave sins of the flesh they will die eternally: be damned. That totally contradicts justification by faith alone, once saved always saved, etc.
IF BELIEVERS DON’T CONTINUE IN GOODNESS, THEY WILL BE CUT OFF
In Romans chapter 11, we come to a verse which devastates Protestant theology.
Romans 11:20-22– “Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.
Romans chapter 11 clearly speaks of the Jews being cut off because of unbelief. And then in verse 22, St. Paul says that you believing Christians will also be cut off unless you continue in goodness. This destroys the ideas of justification by faith alone and once saved always saved.
THE DEAD ARE JUDGED ACCORDING TO THEIR WORKS
In Revelation chapter 20, we read about the final judgment.
Revelation 20:12-13– “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.”
This verse constitutes absolute proof that the Protestant view of justification is unbiblical.
Revelation 22:12- “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.”
Revelation 21:8- “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Revelation 22:19– “And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”
This is just another verse which shows that what you do can exclude you from salvation.
- PAUL REJOICES THAT HE HAS KEPT THE FAITH, OBVIOUSLY BECAUSE BELIEVERS CAN LOSE IT
2 Timothy 4:6-7– “For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.”
ALEXANDER THE COPPERSMITH WILL BE REWARDED ACCORDING TO HIS WORKS
2 Timothy 4:14- “Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works.”
ONE MUST ENDURE AND RESIST TEMPTATION TO HAVE THE CROWN OF LIFE
James 1:12- “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.”
The Bible says that one must resist temptation and endure to the end to have eternal life.
SINS OF LUST BRING FORTH ETERNAL DEATH – THUS IT’S NOT BY FAITH ALONE
James 1:13-15- “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”
Notice here that if one consents to a sin of lust, it brings forth death. He’s clearly speaking of eternal death (damnation). That means that man is not justified by faith alone.
The second chapter of James truly obliterates the Protestant idea of justification by faith alone and once saved always saved. Martin Luther called the book of James “an epistle of straw” and wanted to remove it from his version of the Bible until his friends persuaded him that that would be too radical a move (see the end of this book for more on Luther’s views). The following verses, which reject justification by faith alone, are why Luther criticized this book of the Bible:
James 2:14- “What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?”
James 2:17– “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.”
James 2:18- “Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.”
James 2:20– “But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
James 2:24- “Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.”
This is the only place in the entire Bible that the words faith and alone (or only) are joined together. The Bible says that MAN IS NOT JUSTIFIED BY FAITH ALONE, BUT BY WORKS!
END OF PART THREE: 02/27/2018
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE TEACH ABOUT JUSTIFICATION?