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  • As stated earlier, I believe in Justification by Faith, but its important to understand what that is, and what it's not, lest ye be carried away with the error of the wicked.

    Now, what Faith is not [in Justification] will be considered.

    Faith is not that which causes God to Justify His people. Justification is a pure act of the grace of God, without any motive [free grace] in the ones being justified, therefore it is written:

    Eph 1:7

    7In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

    Rom 3:24

    24Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption
    that is in Christ Jesus:

    The elect of God had [ though not yet experientially] Justification, redemption, and forgiveness of sins, all these before they were ever converted to Christ, and while they were yet dead in trespasses and sins; thats why its according to the riches of His grace.

    Now these spiritual blessings and benefits would not be of Grace, but of works, if our Faith was the cause of our Justification. I say this because Faith is a work or act of ours. Faith is an act of the heart or mind, and technically, if we go by the definition of a work , a act of the mind qualifies.

    Lets look at the word works in Eph 2:9

    9Not of works, lest any man should boast.

    It is the greek word:


    any product whatever, any thing accomplished by hand, art, industry, or mind

    Mind and Heart are the same i.e Acts 8:37

    And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart [soul or mind], thou mayest

    also ergon means:

    an act, deed, thing done

    doing as in Rom 2:7

    7To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:

    Faith is well doing, continuing in Faith Acts 14:22

    Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith

    So if one believes they are Justified by faith in that the act of faith is what caused God to Justify them, then they believe in Justification by works, or well doing.

    Salvation or Justification is not of works Eph 2:8-9, not in any sense of the word. 3


    • Faith is not the matter or reason of Justification before God!

      The elect are not made Just before God by their own righteousness, but by a righteousness not of their own, as Paul specifies in Phil 3:9

      9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

      Many are deceived into thinking by a misunderstanding of Rom 4:5

      But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

      They think because of this verse, that God counts their Faith as their righteousness.

      But thats fundamental error, because all true believers consider their own righteousness as dung, and the Faith given by God, looks to another for righteousness.

      Faith receives the righteousness of another, that being Jesus Christ, as their righteousness, and does not consider their Faith in Christ as righteousness !

      The Lord God our Righteousness as per Jer 23:6

      In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

      Jer 33:16
      In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely: and this is the name wherewith she shall be called, The LORD our righteousness.

      You see, The Gospel reveals to the elect, that their righteousness has been provided for them and to them by Jesus Christ:

      Rom 1:16,17

      16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

      17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed [to them personally] from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

      To every one believing vs 16, a revelation of Jesus Christ was revealed in Him through the gospel.

      Much like what Paul says here Gal 1:16

      16 To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:

      The same word reveal is used here and in rtom 1:17

      and its the greek word:

      apokalyptō and means:

      to make known, make manifest, disclose what before was unknown

      The Gospel reveals Christ and our Salvation to us, in us.
      It reveals to us our Justified state in Christ.
      So, Faith cannot be the matter or reason for our Justification, for our righteousness, when it receives a revealed righteousness from another.


      • True believers as Paul was here , dismisses anything that can be construed as His own in the momentous matter of Justification: And consequently, Faith itself, though a fruit of the Spirit [Gal 5:22] can be considered our own, because it was given to us, hence such scriptures as Hab 2:4

        4 Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.

        1 Jn 5:4

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

        So to believe that one is Justified before God by their act of Faith or life of Faith, may not understand it, but you are believing you are Justified by your own righteousness or righteous act.


        • Justification is not of works, because if it was, boasting would not be excluded, as scripture declares that it is Eph 2:9

          9Not of works, lest any man should boast.

          And yet Faith is an act and work of ours, for Faith or believing is an act of the mind, and so it cannot be the reason for ones Justification before God.

          The elect are Justified by the obedience and death of Jesus Christ, and so not by their Faith or believing.

          Paul clearly writes that the elect are Justified by His blood Rom 5:9,19

          9Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

          19For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.

          Now regarding Rom 5 :19, whether we are sinners or righteous depends not on our own actions but on our inward constitution.

          By the fall [of Adam] all the elect received a inner being or nature that is corrupt, and void of original uprightness before God Ecc 7:29

          29Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.

          The word upright in the hebrew is the word:

          yashar and means:

          straight, upright, correct, right

          a) straight, level
          b) right, pleasing, correct
          c) straightforward, just, upright, fitting, proper
          d) uprightness, righteous, upright
          e) that which is upright (subst)

          Its also translated righteous as in Prov 3:32

          32For the froward is abomination to the LORD: but his secret is with the righteous.

          BTW, this is why I believe that Adam was an elect, because He was made righteous and upright.

          And that is why Christ was revealed to Him immediately after the Fall.

          But back to the point, by the fall Adam and His posterity received a corrupt nature, a nature that is born under the operation of satan and his kingdom of darkness, it is also the same nature that the non elect [the devils seed] comes into this life with, so we are by nature [depraved nature] children of wrath even as others [ The others means the none elect, the seed of the serpent] we have the same nature as they when we are born. Eph 2:2-3

          2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

          3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

          Does that sound like freewill ?

          We are not sinners because we sin, but we sin because we are sinners, born sinners, constituted sinners.

          Now get this , for it does not matter while we are in nature, if we do that which is good or that which is evil [ from the worlds standards] all is evil before God [Gen 6:5], because we are still constituted sinners before God.

          The prophet said this of his righteousness by nature Isa 64:6

          6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

          This is because of our constitution more so than our actions, for a corrupt tree just cannot bring forth good fruit. see Matt 7

          This means living a decent moral and upright life [ from men's standards] and without being a new creation, this is still a wicked, sinful life before God, void of any righteousness, because the actions of that life style proceed from a corrupt nature, being born only of corruptible seed of Adam 1 Pet 1:23

          23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed [Adam], but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

          Now this living reality is because of one mans sin or disobedience, Adam


          • More on Rom 5:19

            For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.

            Now in contrast , the obedience of Christ constitutes the elect righteous, all for whom Christ represented in His obedience will be constituted righteous [given a new nature], for they will some time in their life be born of a incorruptible seed, of which the second Adam was the Head 1 Pet 1:23

            23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

            All for whom Christ died, will receive [as all for whom Adam died received a corrupt nature] a New Nature, a New Principal of Holiness, a righteous nature [ 2 Pet 1:3-4], a Nature that cannot sin as in 1 Jn 3:9

            9Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

            A Nature that cannot sin, nor can it be corrupted.

            Now understand this, it was not a matter of freewill choice as to whether or not [ because of Adam's sin] we receive a sinful nature, we are born with it, and likewise, it is not a matter of freewill choice that we receive a righteous nature, we are born again with it. Both are the end results of the disobedience of one, and the obedience of one [Rom 5:19].

            So in stating these things, Justification before God is not by reason of our Faith but by reason and consequence of Christ obedience unto death. Phil 2:8

            8And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 3


            • Justification from the Foundation of the world is a Gospel Truth !

              Justification from the Foundation of the world is a Gospel Truth !

              Up to this point I have been showing from scripture why Justification before God from the foundation must be true , by showing that the elect are not Justified before God because of their Faith.

              Now I will begin to show those scripture truths or principles that positively set eternal Justification or Justification from the foundation in full view.

              The First thing to understand is that Justification is a sole act of God, period !

              Rom 8:33

              Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.

              Folks, it is as simple as that, It is God that Justifieth.

              God is Eternal, the one performing this act, hence Justification is an immanent and necessarily an Eternal act of God.

              Nothing that God does, finds it's accomplishment and reality in His Eternal perspective dependent upon time or in time.

              This principle is set forth in Paul's teaching here Rom 4:17

              17(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

              God's Justification of the elect, though not yet experienced by them in time, is true in eternity in Gods present.

              Now, Abraham was not yet literally in time from a experimental, subjective perspective, a Father yet, because He was Childless, but from Gods perspective, he was a Father, because God said so and How God viewed him.

              And thats the principal here, The elect , being Justified by God, was so, because He said so in His own Mind, which is guided innately by a Eternal Perspective.

              What do I mean by a immanent act ? The word means, a mental act performed entirely within the Mind:

              "a cognition is an immanent act of mind"

              In its adverbial form it means:

              In a constant, continuous, changeless, continual or incessant manner

              So by Justification being as such from a Eternal God, who but cannot view any of His innate acts but from a Eternal Perspective,

              Then secondly, The elect [Rom 8:33] were by God considered and viewed in Christ from everlasting, or before the world began.

              Now, was this view of them as condemned, or as Justified ?


              • more on Eternal Justification

                Then secondly, The elect [Rom 8:33] were by God considered and viewed in Christ from everlasting, or before the world began.

                Now, was this view of them as condemned, or as Justified ?

                Thats why its written in the 103 rd Psalm this:

                17But the mercy of the LORDis from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;

                Notice from everlasting ! Gods mercy [ to those fearing Him presently] is from everlasting, meaning, as paul writes in Rom 9:23

                23And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,

                That is from everlasting, God had designs of mercy for the vessels of mercy, He had afore [from everlasting] prepared.

                Now, can such ones as this, not have been Justified before God, for His great mercy's sake ? Where such ones ever under His condemnation ?

                Folks, I cannot find a scripture that would support the elect being ever under Gods condemnation, and His mercy at the same time.

                Its [ God's Mercy] is upon them from everlasting, yes, even in time, when they are born dead in trespasses and sins, God's Mercy is upon them, and it is by this mercy, they are quickened into new life and become a New Creation.

                Eph 2:4-5

                4But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,

                5Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved)

                Titus 3:5

                5Not 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;

                Thats right, according to that mercy upon us from everlasting according to it, He both quickened and saved [regenerated ] us. 3


                • more on Eternal Justification

                  These persons, who were objects of the everlasting love and mercy of God, He had determined to save and not punish them for their sins, so in essence, He never appointed them to wrath [condemnation], but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ 1 Thess 5:9; and those God did not appoint to wrath are those He did not impute sin to 2 Cor 5:19

                  19To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

                  Rom 4:7-8

                  7Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.

                  8Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.

                  Where there is no sin imputed, there is Justification ! Blessed are they whom it is true of.

                  Moreover, those whom no sin was imputed unto, they were chosen by Him to obtain salvation, [by the instrumental means of] A Sovereign work of the Spirit] sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the Truth see 2 Thess 2:13

                  For the Truth sets them free [ Jn 8:32]. Now as many as are of this everlasting appointment, sin not imputed unto them, they have believed, or do believe or shall believe Jn 17:20, as many as had been appointed to eternal life Acts 13:48

                  48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.

                  Those here in Acts 13 :48, had been prepared by the Sovereign work of the Spirit as in 2 Thess 2:13

                  All this results from Gods eternal purpose for them 2 Tim 1:9

                  9Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

                  And nothing they did in time. 4


                  • Eternal Justification and the Everlasting Covenant !

                    Now in order to secure their [ eternally Justified] salvation in time and glory hereafter, God the Father determined by His own counsel, He proposed to the Son [in the everlasting covenant] that He should become like unto His Brethren [ Heb 2:16-17] and in the likeness of their flesh [Rom 8:3], suffer for their [His brethren, not every individual in the world] iniquities, and obey the Holy Law of God for them, in order that, The Father s's Honor and Justice may be vindicated, and His rich mercy and Grace be put on display, for each chosen vessel of mercy Christ represented. In Christ's willingness in this proposed plan and pact, we hear Him thusly " Lo I come, I delight to do thy will O God".

                    The Mediator addresses Him as God, proving that He was acting in a covenant capacity. Now upon Christ consenting and performing His engagement, His work, the Father promised Him a Glorious reward and return, Hence after suffering and dying, He entered into His Glory Lk 24:26

                    Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?

                    God the Father promised Him [ The Son] in His engagement, that He would not fail or be discouraged, which strengthened Christ and gave Him Divine Assistance, throughout His work.

                    Isa 42:4

                    He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.

                    The Isles shall wait for His Law, or His Gospel, for many of them will be made to believe in Him, as a result of His work.

                    Remember Paul says of them, when turning from the jews, He states:

                    Acts 28:28

                    Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it.

                    Why ? Because they are the other Sheep that will hear His voice that are not of the jewish fold Jn 10:16

                    16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

                    Paul here in Acts 28:28 is referring to the same thing Jesus is in Jn 10:16

                    God promised Him that His People will be made willing in the Day of His Power Ps 110:1-3

                    1The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.

                    2 The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.

                    3 Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth.

                    4 The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever
                    after the order of Melchizedek.

                    Thats why the resurrected Christ told His disciples to go preach the gospel in all the world , because Matt 28:18

                    18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

                    He was now in the Day of His power, His Mediatorial Power, and by His merits, His chosen People will be made willing.

                    So God promised Him the satisfaction of seeing His seed converted unto Him, for His reward Isa 53:10

                    10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

                    As David said, so is it doubly true for His Lord Ps 51:13

                    13Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.


                    • more on eternal justification and why !

                      The elect were eternally Justified before God because they were blest with all spiritual blessings in Christ before the foundation, and if this is true, so they were blest with Justification !

                      Eph 1:3-4

                      3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

                      According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

                      Now, there is no experiential, subjective Justification for the elect until after they have born again in time, but , that is sure to come because of what they have been given in Christ before the foundation.

                      Another scripture that confirms this Truth is 2 Tim 1:9

                      9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

                      Notice that grace was given us [ the chosen] when ? Before the world began !

                      Its this grace we were Justified before God by. Titus 3:7

                      7 That being justified by his grace [Given before the world began]
                      , we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

                      God Loved us the elect from eternity in Christ, and made us accepted in Him Eph 1:6

                      6 To the praise of the glory of his grace [Given us before the world began], wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

                      The elect were not accepted [in Christ] by their Faith nor their repentance in time.

                      This again proves eternal justification.


                      • When Christ became surety !

                        Heb 7:22

                        22By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament or covenant.

                        Heb 13:20

                        Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,

                        When was Jesus setup as the surety of the everlasting covenant ? Why from everlasting, Mic 5:2

                        2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

                        Prov 8:22-23

                        The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.

                        23 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.

                        When Christ, as a surety, pledged for the elect, they were Justified, that is at the very same time in eternity, before the world began, and the sins of His church was imputed to Him and not to them, that was the remission of their sins, and made them Just and righteous, they were in the mind of God actively Justified.

                        2 cor 5:19

                        19To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation

                        I believe the above took place in the eternal counsel of God, when Christ agreed to the surety of the elect world , the church.

                        More scripture proof, that the elect were Justified from everlasting. 4


                        • God chose not to punish sin in His elect !

                          From all eternity God decreed not to punish sin in His elect people, but in His Son. His eternal purpose to punish sin in Jesus Christ [ the lamb slain from the foundation] that obviously included His will not to punish sin in the chosen, that is their Justification from all sin in His sight.


                          • The Gospel establishes the Law.

                            Rom 3:31

                            31Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.

                            The gospel through being preached by God called men establishes the law, in that it informs us, that God will write His Laws in the Hearts of His Chosen people [Heb 8:10], that He will impart a principle of holiness and obedience [ Ezk 36:26-27] agreeable and conformable to the nature of His Laws.

                            The gospel [ to the saved] furnishes us with the gracious motives and powerful influence for the practice of good works, those motives being from the knowledge of the free forgiveness of our sins, our acceptance in Christ, His imputed righteousness, and a entitlement to life eternal.

                            Eph 1:4-8

                            4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

                            5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

                            6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

                            7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

                            8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;

                            In this way, the Gospel establishes the Law !


                            • to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

                              Acts 20:24

                              24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

                              The gospel of the grace of God declares, makes known the eternal purposes of Grace to those given grace in Christ Jesus before the world began ! 2 Tim 1:8-9

                              8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;

                              9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

                              So its no doubt that Paul's testimony of the Gospel of Gods grace in Acts 20:24

                              centered in the eternal divine purpose of Grace given [the elect] in Christ before the world began. 2 Tim 1:9


                              • What's preached now a days as the gospel, is nothing but the doctrines and traditions of men. It is no gospel in telling people what they must and can do or be damned for non compliance. To mandate dead sinners to repent and believe the gospel to get saved implies that they have the ability to do so, [ a denial of total inability, dead in sin] and that they will be rewarded if they do with life eternal.

                                Whereas the True Gospel proclaims a Risen Saviour, exalted to be a Prince and a Saviour, without conditionally requiring repentance, but to give repentance to Israel [ Gods Chosen] and the forgiveness of sins. Acts 5:31

                                31Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.

                                The True gospel reveals to us that are His people, that it is the exclusive work of the Risen Christ, now on His Mediator Throne and High Priest function, to give [ not offer] repentance as it is to give forgiveness of sins.

                                The word repentance is the greek word
                                metanoia :

                                a change of mind,

                                The Truth therefore is that the risen Christ gives His chosen [Israel] a change of mind.

                                Now, how many preach this good news today ? For Peter sure preached it, and we know of a surety He is called of God. And He found out later that the Israel / Chosen that The Saviour gives repentance to includes gentiles too. Acts 11:18

                                18 When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.

                                He hath also to the gentiles granted a change of mind unto life ! 4


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