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Putting Love, service and faith in perspective.  We are saved by "faith that works by love."  It far too easy today to confuse their relationship.  Think on this very important issue for just a moment.

This is the most basic and yet misunderstood topic in the Bible. We separate "religion" from all our normal experiences. For instance, a man would be foolish to marry a woman who did not love him. He could never force her to love him. But if she chooses to love him, she would serve him his whole life and he would serve her. Now you could say that unless your future wife will serve you your whole life, you will not marry her. Your friends may get offended by your statement. What do you mean? Only that you will marry on condition of love because you KNOW what benefits come with that. If we trust Christ in love, He knows He gets our service. So if He says, if you won't serve me I won't have you, what he means is no more than, love me over the world. Choose me. Trust me. Then He gets all of you.

The lie is that you have a life you can keep. Reality - you will die and lose everything. Give your life to Jesus and He will save your soul and give you a life you can keep with treasure in heaven. Everything man values more than God will be lost anyway. The ONLY way to keep your life is to lose all for Jesus. He lasts forever.

This sacrifice, or surrender of self, is a condition of salvation, but not as you may first think.  It is NOT a condition that secures our salvation by the service itself. To choose Christ over the world results in service. Therefore, if you choose Jesus, and by faith receive salvation, you will also follow Him in service. You cannot be saved without service, because everyone who chooses Christ over the world will no longer serve the world. They are not saved by their works, nor are they saved without them. Rather they are saved "unto good works." If I choose Jesus then I have also chosen to serve Him out of love, not to be saved, but because of His own natural beauty and worth. Unless I choose to love Him, there is no real faith. It's like getting married, these are the duties of a husband or wife. If someone promises to perform the duties of a wife in order to get married, that is not love. But if she yields to it willingly, that is love. He would never marrry her if she won't live as a wife with him, nor would he marry her if she will only do it to get something. She must lovingly want to live with him or he would be crazy to marry. So her service is a condition, but not a purchase. If it is lovingly rendered, it is a condition flowing from a converted heart.  This is the spiritual meaning of the passage in John 12:23-26:

" And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified.  Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.  He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.  If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour."

This is called a condition, but not as faith which secures our salvation but as holiness, which is a product of it, without which, faith never existed.

Hebrew 12:14
"Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord."

There is much softening of the meaning of faith so that it means only mental assent.  Arm yourselves against this attack of the Devil.  That interpretation will destroy many passages of Scripture that God intended to keep us from sin.  May God bless you all.
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Let go of your hurting past. The Lord Jesus Christ is ready to carry that burden way, please let Him take care of it.
Stand up, step up and move way from it. The world still needs you.
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How to combine salvation and service.  A very important message about what it means to be saved.  Some of you have never done this.  Please read this short explanation.

“And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.   For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.   For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?   Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” 
(Mark 8:34-37)
 
 
I would like to make a few observations on this passage.  This is a very critical passage tying the service of Christ to the salvation of the soul.  It has been said that failure to separate service and salvation leads to great confusion about how to be saved.  Notice in this passage the proper combination of service and salvation in order for Christ to make His point.
First, that Christ is speaking of service to Himself is quite obvious.  Following Christ, taking up the cross, and coming after Christ are all phrases of taking Christ as Master and serving Him.
Second, that Christ here speaks clearly of salvation is also evident for He says that those who do as He here commands shall save their life; and those who do not do as he here commands shall lose their soul.  The saving or losing of the soul is a very clear reference to salvation which in all dispensations is attained the same way.  In Matthew 10:28 the death and destruction of the soul happens in hell.  “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”  Yet the saving of the soul is our salvation in as in Heb 10:39, “But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.”  We see that the loss of the soul is death and destruction in hell, and the keeping of the soul is salvation. 
Again, in John’s gospel this same language is used to show that only those who do what Christ here says can have eternal life.  “He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.” (John 12:25).  Here Christ clearly states that any who love their life more than they love Christ will lose their life.  This is the same as losing your soul because you have tried to keep it, as our main text states above.  This is failing to gain eternal life.   Also, you will save your life if you hate it in this world, which is the same as losing your life for Christ’s and the gospel’s sake in our above text.  This is gaining eternal life.  A man can only keep his life unto eternal life and save his soul in one way, and that is to believe savingly in Christ through the gospel.
So it is apparent that Christ here speaks to the people of service and
salvation in one call.  In fact, it is also clear that He sets forth service as a condition for salvation.  See that He conditions losing your soul on trying to save or keep your life from service to God.  He then conditions saving your soul on you’re losing, or surrendering, or releasing your life for Christ’s sake and the gospel’s sake.  Notice how these are so sweetly tied together, being inseparable.  A man’s soul hangs in the balance.  It will either be kept or lost.  How will it be lost?  Will it be by rejecting Christ as his personal Savior?  Yes, but in this passage this is described as “saving your life,” “gaining the world,” and “exchanging your soul.”  This is also the rejection of “denying yourself,” “taking up the cross,” and “following” Christ.  How will he save his soul in this passage?  Is it by trusting in Christ as his personal Savior?  Yes, but observe how it is described here.  He must lose his life for the Savior’s sake and the gospel’s sake.  He must conclude that there is nothing more valuable in the whole world than serving Christ and giving his soul to his Creator and Savior.  According to this passage and John 12, he will save his soul and have eternal life. 
Christ has no business bringing these two concepts, salvation and service, into one call to the people unless there is a necessary union between the two.  That Christ speaks here of serving Him is quite clear.  That Christ speaks here of the eternal loss of the soul is also clear and the repetition of this in John 12 shows us that this in no false interpretation.  He does not change subjects and switch from a call to service and begin a call to save our souls, but instead he marries the call as one call.   He cannot be saying that someone could lose their life for the gospel’s sake, without taking up their cross.  This would be a direct contradiction.  He cannot be saying that a man can value something more than God and keep his soul.  This again is a contradiction.  They must value Christ higher than anything else.  In other words, they must repent of their low view of Christ and see Him as God who is more valuable than their own lives or pleasures or they cannot be saved.  So long as they value something more than their own salvation in Christ, they cannot be saved.  This is a clear distinction by Christ that to be saved, one must view Christ as more valuable than any earthly treasure.  One must approve of His true nature as God, and Savior.  One must yield his very soul up to Christ in such a way as to be dying to the world and all its offers.  In short, we must choose Christ or the world, but we cannot have both.
Here is the union in this passage.  Those who would be saved must come to terms with the value of their soul, the value of Christ and, through the enlightenment of the Spirit, must ascribe to Christ the highest place in their hearts.  As they trust only in Him to save them, they fulfill the conditions in this passage to save their soul.    This is not the end of the sanctifying work of Christ, but the very beginning of the sanctifying work of Christ in their hearts to be completed unto the day of final salvation.  If they will not ascribe to Christ the highest place in their hearts, they will value the world more than they value Christ and cannot be saved.  According to this passage, only those willing to serve Christ, those willing to lose their life by taking up their cross, only those willing to deny themselves by hating their life in this world, or, which is the same, losing their life for Christ and the gospel, can be saved.
Is Christ here teaching that a man must work for his salvation?  Is following Christ a work required to gain eternal life?  No.  Here we see that the man who repents in his heart follows through with his life.  Here we see that the one who sees Christ as more valuable than this life has turned from one way of thinking to another.  This is the perfect picture of true repentance.  It is a change of mind about the value of Christ and service to Him and the worth of the soul, and what we are to love.  Faith puts its full trust in Christ for complete forgiveness and indwelling power to fulfill the holy calling just answered.   The man once placed little value on his soul and would exchange it for any worldly pleasure.  He now values, or loves, Christ and sees himself in proper relation to his Master.  This is true repentance.  The man sees his real value and Christ’s real value.  The Bible states that true repentance produces fruit worthy of repentance.  Therefore, all who thus repent become followers of Christ.  It is not the act of following that later brings salvation.  For salvation to be immediately dispensed, it must be from a change of heart, not a succession of acts.  It is repentance and faith through which we access Christ’s saving power and makes us followers of Christ, who value Christ more than self, and the service of Christ more than the things of this world, and the salvation of the soul, more than the fear of serving Christ.  So Paul rightly says, “If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha.”

Pastor Troy Dukes
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What is a Christian? A Simple Question With a Deep Answer
The average Christian might say it is someone that follows Christ.  Maybe they would define a Christian as someone who believes a certain way, or who lives a certain way.  The best answer to this question is found in the knowledge of what man is, and what God is trying to do with him.
1.      What man is:  Man is a physical body, a living soul, and a dead spirit.  When Adam fell he lost the life of God.  He was still alive, but not spiritually alive. He no longer had the ability to do what he was designed to do: to look like God.  He was created in God’s image, so that the invisible God could receive glory when visible man reflected His moral image.  From within Adam’s spirit, God enabled Adam to live holy and blameless.  So long as Adam followed, God led him.  When Adam fell, God departed from within Him, and he no longer reflected the image of God.  Though now he retains the marred image of God, man is a far cry from innocent Adam, living purely in the Garden and doing all things as God required.  At that time man showed off God.  Now man shows off himself.  In Adam all died.  We are all born without the life of God.  We have all sinned, and come short of giving God glory.  Instead we give ourselves glory.  We have ceased to be a reflection of God’s holiness, and become a billboard for our own depravity.  Our bodies, designed to show off God’s moral beauty, now display man’s total moral ruin.  We do not reflect God.  We do not have him in our hearts, and as lost people, we do something even worse.  We were designed to show what God looks like, yet when we display ourselves instead we are still saying, “This is God!  Worship Him!”  Horror, we are not reflecting the living God; we are saying that about ourselves!  What can God do for man so He once again can get the glory of seeing His refection in us?
2.      What God is trying to do:  get God back in the man.  God’s intent in dying for you is to return God to the man so that from within He can empower men to look like Him.  Not until then will man again be a reflection of Jesus, God from heaven.  When you get saved by placing all your trust in Jesus Christ, who died for your sins, you receive the Spirit of God.  Why do you receive Him?  Primarily so God can return you to a state of normality.  It is abnormal for men, who are created to be reflectors of God, to not have God in him.  How else can he show the world what God looks like?  Certainly he ought not to be so vain as to think he can be like God without God!  So, Christ comes into our hearts.  God returns to the man.  What can we do now with God back in our hearts?  We can do whatever He wants to do.  We can do all things through Christ which strengthens us.  Our job now is to die to ourselves and get out of His way.  If we would understand our role as reflectors, as bodies, as temples of the living God, we would see that a Christian is someone who has God in him.  He is someone who has become normal.  He is someone who has been completed by Christ.  He is a body to see God with, a soul to surrender to God with, and a Spirit to house God in.  Wonderful it is if you and I would just get out of Jesus’ way and let Him live the Christian life.  People try so hard to live the Christian life.  God knows some of you are struggling so hard to please Him.  Look now at this Bible picture of a Christian, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20.  Stop trying so hard and just die, surrender, yield.  Rest and say, “Thank you.  Just get out of God’s way by dying to yourself.  Let Jesus live the Christian life through you.  Donate your body as a living sacrifice, and He will make it holy and acceptable.  A Christian is someone who tells the world, “This is what God looks like.”  He is not lying, he is dying, and Christ is living through him.  Yet he is not dead, for he’s never been more alive.  He’s never been more normal.  He’s never been more at rest then when he yields himself up to God, as an instrument of righteousness, and puts God on display.  When God looks down and sees a reflection of His dear Son He says, “Now that’s a Christian!”
 
Pastor Troy Dukes
Grace Baptist Church
West Palm Beach, FL
www.GraceBaptistWPB.com

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