What Does it Mean to be
“Saved by Grace”?
“For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: It is God’s gift (approach present), not of works lest any man should boast.” Eph 2:8
Lorraine Day, M.D.
The “Christian” Church’s Definition of the word “Grace”
The word “Grace” according to Bible scholars and theologians means “unmerited favor” the concept that none of us in the human race deserve to be saved because we are all wretched sinners. But God through His “graciousness” sent His Son (apparently instead of God coming to earth Himself) to die for all sinners, so those who “make the right choice” and accept Jesus Christ as their Savior will not have to die eternally.
Instead, God apparently will overlook the fact that we are all sinners (because as they say, no one IS perfect or even CAN be perfect) so Jesus’ blood on Calvary somehow “covers us up” so God apparently cannot see that we are sinners. Or at least God apparently looks the other way and let’s us into heaven anyway because “Jesus died in our place.”
WE can never be perfect, or so we are told, so we just “try our best” and “God makes up the rest!”
This is the doctrine of the “Christian” Church.
This is the “Christian” Church’s definition of “grace.”
New Testament Christians
The members of the majority of today’s “Christian” Churches claim to be New Testament “Christians” which usually means that they believe they are “Saved by Grace” and that the Law (the Ten Commandments) was done away with at the Cross and does not have to be kept anymore.
Yet the majority of Christians would be horrified if their Pastor informed them that this means that children, whether young or grown, no longer are required to honor and respect their parents, that the Bible permits murder, adultery, stealing, lying, coveting, the worship of idols, and profaning God’s name.
No, the Christian Church believes that one MUST keep THESE Commandments in order to be called a Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ. In addition, all these things are spoken of in the New Testament. So, even though, according to today’s Christians, the “LAW” (the Ten Commandments) “was done away with at the Cross,” nine of the Ten Commandments (excluding the Fourth Commandment the Seventh-day Sabbath Commandment) were reinstated in the New Testament, they say, mandating their incorporation into the Christian life even though “no one can really keep them.”
This means that ALL of the Ten Commandments STILL must be kept, or one must at least attempt to keep them, except apparently, the Fourth Commandment, the Seventh-day Sabbath (Saturday) Commandment. That one, according to the vast majority of the Christian Churches of today, was the ONLY one actually “done away with” at the Cross.
We are told that keeping the Fourth Commandment is “works” and was given only to the “Jews” even though the Sabbath was made holy by God and instituted by God in the Garden of Eden for Adam and Eve (who certainly were NOT Jewish) and for their offspring the WHOLE Human Race!
And even though Jesus Himself said that the Seventh-day Sabbath (Saturday) was given by God to ALL of humanity!
“The Sabbath was made for mankind (humanity anthropos in the Greek the root word for the study of Humanity - anthropology) and not mankind for the Sabbath.” Mark 2:27
And even though Jesus Himself (Who is God in the flesh) said that He is LORD of the Sabbat
“The Son of Man is LORD of the Sabbath.” Luke 6:5
Worshiping on the day that God Himself has set aside for us to worship Him is considered “works,” according to New Testament “Christians.”
And since we are no longer “under the law but under grace,” God doesn’t care on which day we worship Him. According to this premise, we are saved by “faith” “belief” by believing that Jesus died on the Cross, in our place, so we don’t have to die.
But this is the Fourth Commandment. And Jesus said:
If you LOVE ME, keep my commandments.” John 14:15
The Bereans “searched the Scriptures to see if it was so.”
Let us, like the Bereans that Luke praised for their diligence in the study of the Scriptures, search out this subject and find out what the Bible tells us.
What is the Greek word translated “Grace” and what is its meaning?
The Greek word translated “Grace” is the word charis (#5485 in Strong’s Concordance) and is the same word also translated “Joy” whenever it suits the translators. In its several forms, the word means joy, pleasure, gladness, cheerful, happy, well-off, and possibly the most accurate of all “calm delight.”
There is nothing about this word in the Greek that suggests the definition of “unmerited favor.” This appears to be a definition manufactured by Bible scholars and theologians who have decided on their own that since the human race is terribly unworthy and really deserves to go to hell, God is going to do them a BIG favor by saving them (even though they don’t deserve it) IF they make a decision to accept Christ and join with other believers, which in most cases means - - join the Church!
This is a convenient and “serviceable” definition to further the expansion of the Corporate Organized Church - the Big Business of religion.
What does it mean to have “faith”?
“For by grace are you saved THROUGH FAITH!”
God says He saves us by Grace but that Grace is accomplished THROUGH faith.
The King James Bible defines Faith as:
The substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” Hebrews 11:1
This definition of faith makes little sense to the average Christian.
A literal translation of that same text is much more understandable.
“Now faith is an assumption of what is being expected, a conviction concerning matters that are not being observed.” Hebrews 11:1 Concordant Literal Translation
In plain words, having Faith means we are assured that what God has already promised, WILL come to pass He WILL do it and we are convicted (convinced - absolutely certain) concerning these matters (that have been promised by God but) have not yet taken place.
The word “faith” is the same word as “belief” or “trust” in the Bible. See #4102 in Strong’s Concordance. All three words are the SAME word in the Greek.
Faith does NOT mean that God will do whatever you decide you WANT Him to do. Faith means that you truly believe that God WILL do what He has already promised to do and your actions will demonstrate that belief. God gives us MANY promises in the Bible. Having Faith means that we believe them ALL. And because of our faith our actions will correspond. We will ACT on what we believe. Our actions will attest to our faith.
Other people will be able to KNOW what we believe by our actions. For example: If we claim to believe that God is our Healer - - and then we go to “man” for our healing, that proves that we do NOT “believe.”
James tells us that,
“Faith without works, is dead.” James 2:26
Faith without the actions that correspond to that faith reveals that you have NO faith. Your “faith” is dead!
What Does it Mean to “Believe”?
The Bible says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be SAVED.” Acts 16:31 “Belief” appears to be the ONLY thing necessary for a person to gain eternal life! If “belief” is ALL that is necessary to have eternal life, does one just have to “think” or “utter” the words, “I believe” and they are automatically saved? Is it that easy? What does it mean to “Believe”?
Jesus used the word believe, or a form of that word, eighty times. Obviously, it is/was very important to Him.
Some Christian denominations teach that all one has to do is say a short recitation acknowledging that he or she is a sinner, that Jesus is the Son of God, that He was born of a virgin, died on the cross for our sins, was resurrected from the dead and now lives forever, in order for a person to be saved. That is considered the “belief” that is necessary in order to be saved.
Apparently, if one just says those words, then eternal life is guaranteed to that person.
But what will heaven or the new earth be like if all who are there have only had to recite those words, then they have gone on living pretty much the way they were before. It is true that the denominations preach that God is against blatant alcoholism, adultery, overt stealing, obvious lying, and murder of an individual (apparently corporate murder - as in war - is acceptable), but with those few exceptions, life goes on pretty much as it did before. However, there IS one mandatory rule - one MUST attend church regularly and be “involved” in the “church” in order to be considered a “good” Christian!
This is MAN’S version of the word “Believe.”
Let’s look at GOD’S definition of the word “Believe!”
The Bible says that Faith - WITHOUT works - is Dead! The word translated “faith” in the Bible is exactly same word as “belief.”
This means that Belief (faith) - - WITHOUT the actions that correspond - - - is Dead!
If one says he “believes” - but his life does NOT correspond to what he says he “believes,” then he does NOT believe, no matter how much he argues to the contrary.
Let’s look at the different areas of a person’s life that MUST change when he or she becomes a Christian in order to manifest his or her “BELIEF!”
Do we BELIEVE that God is in charge of our Safety?
If a Christian says he believes in God, but at the same time, believes in self-defense, he demonstrates that he does NOT believe in God.
God says, “Fear not,” numerous times in the Bible, (Ps 34:7, Isa 41:10, Ps 34:15) and if we believe that WE must defend OURSELVES, then we DON’T believe in God. We DON’T believe that God WILL do what He has ALREADY PROMISED He will do - and that is to watch over us. However, that does NOT mean that God will keep us from all harm. We know that martyrs have - and again will - die for Christ. If God allows harm to come to us, then He will accomplish something positive in our lives through that experience.
We MUST learn to trust Him and NOT try to take our safety into our own hands. If we do that, we CANNOT claim that we “trust God!” If we take our safety into our own hands, where does God come into play? HE is the one who promises to protect us. But he CAN’T do that if we take our protection into our own hands.
We must believe in “God-defense” and NOT self-defense!
Do we BELIEVE that God is our Plan-maker?
J. N. Andrews, the first missionary of the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) church, and the person for whom the SDA Theological Seminary is named, said
“Find a field of labor, ask God to help, take off your coat, and go to work!”
That’s the sequence that virtually ALL Christians believe in. That’s the sequence that virtually ALL Christian organizations and denominations believe in. But, unfortunately, that’s the WRONG sequence!
Christians wrongfully “decide” what work God wants - or needs - done. Then they proceed to decide exactly HOW that work should be done. THEN they ask God to bless THEIR plans THEIR process to complete THEIR plans! - - - as if God doesn’t have the ability to formulate His OWN plans or the PROCESS by which they should be carried out.
The more of US we have in any deal, the LESS God can accomplish.
Whenever GOD makes the plans and designs the process to complete the plans HE has made, things turn out perfectly. When we do things OUR way, disaster is always the result - - even when we THINK things have turned out pretty well - at least temporarily.
Let’s look at some Biblical examples demonstrating the results when GOD makes the plans AND the process - versus MAN taking over God’s job!
GOD makes the PLAN and the PROCESS. (Man just follows God’s orders and carries out GOD’S plans.)
1) Noah and the flood - building the boat. God told Noah He would save Him from the flood. How did God save Noah? Answer: God told Noah to build a boat. Notice that God did NOT leave the PLAN up to Noah. God made the Plan.
Then God told Noah EXACTLY how to build the boat, down to the last detail. God did NOT leave the PROCESS up to Noah, either. God decided the process.
Noah’s job was to carry out, in EVERY detail, the Plan AND the Process that God had given him. When Noah allowed God to make the plans and the process by which the plans were to be carried out, there was great ultimate success.
2) Joshua and the battle of Jericho: God was the Plan-maker for the Battle of Jericho - - NOT Joshua. God made the Plans - - NOT Joshua, and God designated the Process. Joshua’s job was to do EXACTLY what God told Him to do. When Joshua did that, he had great success.
3) The original Passover in Egypt: God told the Israelites to put the blood on the doorpost. That was NOT the Israelites idea, nor was it Moses’ idea. It was God’s PLAN to save the First Born of the Israelites, and God designated the Process by which it was to be done. The Israelites did NOT make the Plans, nor did they design the Process. It was ALL of God. The ONLY job of the Israelites was to do EXACTLY as God had told them. THEN the First-born of the Israelites were spared.
When MAN makes the PLAN and/or the PROCESS the ultimate outcome is ALWAYS failure.
1) Jonah: God told Jonah to go to Nineveh to warn the people to repent. Jonah had a different plan - his OWN plan, which almost cost him his life.
2) Joshua and the battle of Ai (Joshua 7:1-12): Joshua, flush with victory over Jericho, forgot Who his Plan-maker was. Joshua decided to make his OWN plans and design his OWN process to carry out the plans for the battle of Ai, instead of letting God make the plans and process. Joshua’s plans resulted in a disaster for the Israelites with significant loss of life.
3) Israelites deciding to fight for themselves instead of letting God fight for them: When God brought the Israelites out of Egypt, they had NO weapons! They had only pieces of gold, silver and yard goods. It was God’s plan that the Israelites do NO fighting.
When the Israelites were hedged in by mountains on one side and the Red Sea on another side, and the Egyptians in hot pursuit, God NEVER wanted the Israelites to take charge of their own safety.
“And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will show to you today; for the Egyptians whom ye have seen today, ye shall see them again no more forever.
“The Lord shall fight for you, and you shall be quiet.” Exodus 14:13,14
God opened the Red Sea and saved the Israelites.
However, a short time later, we see that the Israelites acquired their own weapons (probably by picking up the weapons of the Egyptians drowned in the Red Sea) and defending themselves against the Amalekites (Exodus 17:8-13).
From then on, Israel tried to fight their OWN battles which resulted in much loss of life, and many failures.
4) Peter picking the replacement for the 12th apostle (Acts 1:15-26): Jesus, Himself, picked ALL the twelve apostles. After Judas had betrayed Christ and committed suicide, Peter decided that HE should choose the next disciple. Jesus had NEVER given Peter the authority to do that.
Jesus had ascended to heaven but He still had the authority, the obligation and the ability to pick His OWN disciples. Peter assumed that since Jesus was no longer visible on earth that He could not - or would not - still be in charge of His group.
Peter and the other disciples picked Mathias. After that occurrence, Mathias is never again mentioned in the Bible. Jesus ignored the choice of Peter and the other disciples. When the time came for the twelfth disciple to be chosen, Jesus, HIMSELF, chose Paul!
It was to Paul that God revealed His plan of Universal Restoration. Paul evangelized most of the then-known world. And Paul became the author of the majority of the New Testament.
5) Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden: God had a Plan and a Process. “Eat of every tree of the Garden, EXCEPT the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.”
Adam and Eve chose to make their OWN plans. And HERE we all are, drowning in sin.
In fact, the Bible is just one long historical record of MAN refusing to do things God’s way and instead insisting on doing things MAN’S way --- and the disastrous outcomes that followed!
Do you believe that God WILL:
Save EVERYONE? Acts 3:21; 1 Tim 4:10; 1 Tim 2:1-6; Rev 21:4,5; John 3:35 and John 6:37-39; Phil 2:10,11, 1 John 3:8; Romans 8:19-23
Make EVERYONE perfect? Matthew 5:48 (literal translation)
Heal EVERYONE who believes? Acts 16:31 (Check on the meaning of the Greek word “sozo.” It means to heal PHYSICALLY and to heal SPIRITUALLY.)
Heal ALL our diseases? Ps 103:3; Jeremiah 30:17; Exodus 23:25; Exodus 15:26
Keep us FREE from EVERY disease? Deut 7:11-15
Sustain us financially? Phil 4:19; Luke 12:24; Ps 84:11; Matthew 6:32; Luke 12:28-30; Deut 29:9; 2 Chron 26:5
Provide our food and water? Luke 12:24; Phil 4:19; Luke 12:20
Save our children? Isaiah 49:25
Teach us DIRECTLY? 1 John 2:26,27; Isa 54:13; John 6:45;
Lead us into ALL truth? John 16:13
Never forsake us or ANYONE else? Heb 13:5
Direct EVERY moment of our lives and tell us exactly what HE wants us to do? Phil 2:13; Jer 10:23; Prov 3:6; Isa 45:13
Answer ALL our prayers? Ps 34:17; Jer 33:3; Psalm 55:17; Isa 65:24; Psalm 91:15; 2 Chron 7:14; Matthew 21:22; Luke 11:10; 1 John 5:14
Give us peace so we can “be anxious for NOTHING”? Phil 4:7; John 14:27; Prov 3:24;
Give us understanding of His end-time prophecies? 1 Thess 5:1-9; Rev 1:3; John 13:19
Sustain us through terrible torture and possible death? Hebrews 11:32-40; Heb 13:5
Sustain us through terrible torture and possible death of our children? Heb 11:32-40; Heb 13:5
Be able to save the most wicked, wretched individual who has ever lived on this earth? Hebrews 7:25; Romans 5:20; Psalm 103:3
“Without faith (belief) it is IMPOSSIBLE to please God; for he that comes to God MUST BELIEVE that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6
“Anything is possible if you have faith (belief).” Mark 9:23
“Now the just (righteous) shall live by faith (belief). And if ANY man draw back, My soul shall have no pleasure in Him.” Hebrews 10:38
“Faith (belief) comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” Romans 10:17
“Grace” is the OPPOSITE of “works”
Ephesians 2:8 also tells us that “grace” and “faith” are the opposite of “works.”
If we are NOT saved by any type of “works” then that means that our salvation is ALL of God and NONE of us! It means that GOD is TOTALLY responsible for our salvation and we are NOT.
If we must “accept” Jesus Christ in order to be save, then we MUST “do something” to gain our salvation. Then it is NOT “ALL of God” because WE must “do something.”
If we “make the right choice” and “choose” to worship God, then we CAN boast about it because WE did it WE made the right choice (and many others have NOT and they will - deservedly? - burn in hell! or so we are taught).
That is the OPPOSITE of “Grace.”
What does it mean to be under Grace and NOT under the Law?
“The phrase ‘under the law’ refers to the Law’s attitude toward you, not your attitude toward the law. A sinner who is convicted of sin (crime) is ‘under the law,’ and the law will stand over him to force him to pay restitution to his victims. A sinner who has been released from his sentence either by paying the debt in full, or working it off, or having a near kinsman pay his debt, is NO LONGER ‘under the law.” His debt is paid. Grace in the Law of Jubilee, Stephen Jones, www,godskingdomministries.org
The law has no jurisdiction over those who are obeying the law. It only has jurisdiction over those who are disobeying the law.
That is why author Ayn Rand, in writing about the inherently progressive evil of ALL governments run by man, including the U.S. government, said:
“The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.”
When we are obeying the law completely, we are no longer “under the law.”
When we are OBEYING the Law, the Law has no jurisdiction over us.
The Christian Church has so severely distorted the interpretation of this text that it teaches that Christians no longer have to obey the Law, they no longer have to obey the Ten Commandments, because - - - they are now “under grace.”
Does Grace really mean “Unmerited Favor”?
If grace means Unmerited Favor, as most pastors say, that means we don’t deserve to be saved. That God brought us into this world of sin, something we had no choice in, and something we would never have wished on ourselves, to live a life full of pain and sorrow, and then, in the end, the vast majority would be eternally lost!
That would be a horrible, vicious God a God who would rival the cruelty of the pagan gods.
Yet God has planned every moment of our life long before we were born and HE is responsible for everything we do and every decision we make. So, if we don’t deserve to be saved, then God planned it that way. And it’s HIS problem, not ours.
But God HAS planned for ALL of us to be SAVED. He states it clearly over 100 times in the Bible. See www.goodnewsaboutgod.com for the article “What Happens at the Judgment?” and see “100 Scriptural Proofs That Jesus Christ Will Save All Mankind” at www.tentmaker.org/books/ScripturalProofs.html
Therefore, the word “Grace” CANNOT mean “Unmerited Favor” because Jesus has had the Salvation of the WHOLE WORLD planned BEFORE He created the world! See “Why did God create human beings into a universe (and world) already contaminated with sin?” at www.goodnewsaboutgod.com
Let’s take another look at our study text.
“For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: It is God’s gift (approach present), not of works lest any man should boast.” Eph 2:8
God’s gift (literal translation=approach present) is the equivalent of the Hebrew word “corban,” The Greek word is do’ron which literally means GIVE-GUSH, or to gushingly give.
This is the same word in the Greek that is used for the gifts that the Magi brought to Christ at His birth (Matthew 2:11), and the offering that Abel brought to God (Hebrews 11:4).
This text, Ephesians 2:8, shows that “grace” is the opposite of “works.”
Let’s look at possibly the prime example of God’s Grace as given to us in the Bible account of the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt. This reveals exactly the character of God.
The Exodus of the Israelites from Israel to the Promised Land
When God brought the Israelites out of Egypt, through the wilderness and into the Promised Land, we are told that it was an example for us to study, contemplate and learn from.
Egypt, in the Bible is symbolic for “sin.” God bringing the Israelites (His followers) “out of Egypt” symbolizes God bringing His followers today “out of sin.” The wanderings through the wilderness represent our “wanderings” through life, frequently becoming rebellious against God, lacking faith repeatedly, until finally, after we “reap what we have sown” as the consequences of our rebellion and wrong choices, eventually God takes us into the Promised Land which represents heaven (a temporary place for the Millennium) and subsequently the New Earth, where everyone will spend Eternity.
What is it about this journey of the Israelites that God wants to teach us, in this era?
A. God brought the Israelites out of Egypt by HIS OWN power, NOT their power. The ten plagues on Egypt were all of God’s doing.
B. The Israelites came out from Egypt with ONLY yard goods, gold and silver. They had NO weapons.
C. When they reached the Red Sea and were hemmed in by the Sea and surrounding mountains, with the Egyptians fast approaching, they began to whine and complain that they had been brought out there to die. God made sure that they had NO weapons. Moses said to the Israelites, “You keep still and watch GOD fight for you.”
D. God made sure that the Israelites had NO boats. God opened the Red Sea and allowed the Israelites to go through on dry land. The Egyptians had no faith, and the water collapsed on them.
E. The desert of Sinai is so barren NOTHING will grow there. God made sure that the Israelites could NOT grow any of their own food. God fed the Israelites with manna bread from heaven representing Jesus Christ the REAL “Bread from heaven.”
F. God made sure that the Israelites were in a desert where they had NO way of getting water for themselves. God gave the Israelites water to drink from the Rock which represented Jesus Christ, the Living Water.
G. God made sure that the Israelites were in an unbearably hot desert, with NO trees for shade and NO air conditioning. God kept them cool during the day by His cloud cover.
H. The desert can get extremely cold at night. The Israelites had NO system of heating. God kept them warm at night by His cover of fire.
I. God gave them civil laws to settle disputes. God gave them laws for criminal behavior.
J. When they followed God’s commands, none were sick. When they finally entered into the Promised Land, “not one was sick among them.”
What we learn from the experience of the Israelites in the Exodus is that
GOD DID EVERYTHING!
It was “ALL of God, and NONE of them.”
God brought the Israelites into the Promised Land by HIS mighty hand. The Israelites had nothing to do with it. God did it ALL!
THAT is “GRACE” - - - when GOD does it ALL!
God proclaimed the Israelites a stiff-necked people! He brought the Israelites into the Promised Land IN SPITE of themselves, NOT because they made the right choices.
God put the Israelites in such circumstances that they eventually had NO CHOICE except to rely on God. They had NO ONE ELSE to turn to. They could NOT rely on themselves, because they were powerless to do ANYTHING to save themselves.
This is the perfect illustration of Grace that God does it ALL.
All of humanity will eventually enter the Promised Land (heaven and/or the New Earth) and Jesus will be responsible for every one. He does it ALL. NONE of it is done by us.
God loves EVERY PERSON He has created SO MUCH that He is going to bring EVERY ONE of them into the “Promised Land.”
God predestines that we make decisions that will lead us down a path “of our own choosing” until we have hurt ourselves enough to realize that we cannot run our own life. When we recognize our need - from experiencing so much pain - we will turn to Him, because we will finally realize there is nowhere else to turn.
“We have to realize that we cannot earn or win anything from God through our own efforts. The greatest spiritual blessing we receive is when we come to the knowledge that we are destitute. Until we get there, our Lord is powerless. He can do nothing for us as long as we think we are sufficient in and of ourselves. We must enter into His kingdom through the door of destitution. As long as we are ‘rich,’ particularly in the area of pride or independence, God can do nothing for us.” My Utmost for His Highest, November 28, Oswald Chambers.
It is God who puts into our heart the desire for Him to run our life
“No one can come to Me unless the Father draws him.” (John 6:44)
That desire that God places in us will lead us to study the Bible with diligence, to pray fervently, and eventually to understand the true character of Christ.
“By beholding, we become changed.” (2 Corinthians 3:18)
By studying about the Lord, contemplating His life, and praying to Him, we will get to know Him up close and personal - and eventually He will put His life His character His “Holy Spirit” (or more correctly translated, God’s breath of holiness) - in us. We will then manifest His character and disposition His holiness.
This is “eonian life” the character of Jesus Christ manifested in and through us.
This sequence of events eventually WILL happen to every person who has ever lived on earth. Then everyone will have the character of Christ. They will have the “law” written inwardly on their heart, rather than on an “outward” table of stone.
For this is the Covenant I will make with the House of Israel (the true believers in Jesus Christ) after those days, Saith the Lord; I will put My laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts, and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to Me a people.” Hebrews 8:9,10
When the law is “put in our mind and written in our heart” we will have the heart and mind of Christ and we will automatically do right. It will be our nature to do right. When Jesus is making every decision in our life, we WILL be perfect.
We will all be SAVED by “Grace” by Christ alone NOT of our own doing in ANY way lest ANY man or woman can boast that he or she has “made the right choice.”
God will do it ALL!
And BECAUSE God does it ALL, He GUARANTEES the Salvation of the WHOLE Human Race!
The Proof in the Exodus Story
Below are some of the Biblical Scriptures revealing the rebellion and total lack of faith of the Israelites going through the wilderness. They were constantly grumbling and complaining and planning mutinies against Moses, the one whom God had chosen to lead them through the wilderness. They were a stiff-necked, obstinate, rebellious people.
God brought them into the Promised Land NOT because THEY had any goodness within themselves. God brought them into the Promised Land to prove who HE was, to prove that He could save the most wretched group of people on the face of the earth.
And I have led you forty years in the wilderness: your clothes are not waxen old upon you, and thy shoe is not waxen old upon thy foot. Deut 29:5
"Your clothing did not wear out on you, nor did your foot swell these forty years. New American Standard Version.
Then the sons of Israel did according to the word of Moses and requested from the Egyptians articles of silver and articles of gold, and garments. And God gave the people favor in the eyes of the Egyptians, when they requested them. Ex 12:35,36
The sons of Israel journeyed from Ramses toward Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on foot, those of mastery, besides the little ones. Moreover a mixed multitude ascended with them, and flocks, herds and cattle, exceedingly heavy. Ex. 12:37,38
When it comes to be that your son is asking you tomorrow, saying: What does this mean? Then you will say to him, ‘With steadfastness of hand, God brought us forth from Egypt, from the house of slaves. . . Now it comes to be as a sign on your hand and as brow-bands, between your eyes; for the steadfastness of the hand of God brought us forth from Egypt. Ex. 13:14,16
It came to be when Pharaoh had dismissed the people that God did not guide them by way of the land of the Philistines, though it was near. . . Ex 13:17
Then God was going before them by day in a column of cloud to guide them along the way, and by night in a column of fire, to give light for them to go by day and night. The column of cloud by day and the column of fire by night did not remove from the presence of the people. Ex 13:21,22
So Pharaoh will say of the sons of Israel: They are perplexed in the land; the wilderness has closed in on them. Thus I will make the heart of Pharaoh steadfast, so he will pursue after them. Then I shall be glorified in Pharaoh and in all his arm; and the Egyptians will know that I am God. Ex. 14:3,4
The Israelites said to Moses, Get away from us and let us serve the Egyptians for it is better for us to serve the Egyptians than for us to die in the wilderness. Then Moses said to the people: Do not fear! Station yourselves and see the salvation of the Lord which He shall work for you today, for as you see the Egyptians today, you shall not anymore see them again unto the eon. God shall fight for you: as for you, you shall be silent. (“You shut up!”) Ex 14:12-14
God said to Moses, Raise high your rod and stretch out your hand over the sea and split it, that the sons of Israel may enter into the midst of the sea on dry ground. And behold I will make the heart of the Egyptians steadfast that they may enter after them; for I shall be glorified over Pharaoh and over all his army, over his chariots and over his horsemen.
The column of the cloud journeyed from before them now stood behind them. Thus it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel. Over there came the cloud and darkness, yet here God lightened up the night. So the Egyptians did not come near to the Israelites all the night. Ex 14:19,20
Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and, by a strong east wind all the night, God caused the sea to go. Thus He made in the sea a drained area when the waters were split apart. Ex. 14:21
God said to Moses; Stretch out your hand over the sea that the waters may return on the Egyptians, on their chariots and on their horsemen. So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the sea returned before morning to its perennial flow, while the Egyptians were fleeing to meet it. Thus God shook off the Egyptians, in the midst of the sea, for the waters returned and covered the chariots and the horsemen, all the army of Pharaoh that had been entering after them into the sea. Not even one of them remained. Ex. 14:26-28
Thus God saved Israel on that day from the hand of the Egyptians. Then Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the shore of the sea. Exodus 14:30
When they came to Marah, they were unable to drink the waters of Marah, for they were bitter. Then the people grumbled against Moses because they had not water saying, What shall we drink? So Moses cried out to God and God directed him to a tree. So he flung it into the waters, and the waters were sweet. There God made for them a statute and a judgment and there He tested them, for He said:
If you shall hearken to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is upright in His eyes, and give ear to His instructions and observe all His statutes, then all the illnesses that I place on the Egyptians I shall NOT place on you, for I am the Lord who heals you. Ex. 15:22-26
And they came to Elim, where there were twelve wells of water, and threescore and ten palm trees; and they encamped there by the waters. Exodus 15:27 (God directed them to the water he had provided.)
And they took their journey from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Israel came unto the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departing out of the land of Egypt. Exodus 16:1 (Note that they had only been gone from Egypt for SIX WEEKS.)
And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured (literally = grumbled) against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness;
And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots (pots of meat) and when we did eat bread to the full, for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger. Exodus 16:2,3
Please Note: In these two preceding texts, the words “congregation” and “assembly” are used. These Hebrew words mean “a group of people.” The words mean NO MORE and NO LESS.
This is the Hebrew equivalent of the Greek word ecclesia, which ALSO means an unstructured “group of people.”
But the Bible translators have translated the Greek word ecclesia as “church” with all its implications of a structured Organized Church, with a pastor and a hierarchy. This is a deliberate and gross MISTRANSLATION of the word ecclesia and is purposely done to foster the idea of a Biblical basis for an Organized Church a doctrine that is TOTALLY false and has NO basis in the Scriptures.
If one reads the entire Exodus story, one can clearly see that over and over again, the Israelites did NOT trust God, they grumbled, complained, and rebelled constantly, yet God was able, through the severe consequences of the trouble they brought on themselves, to change their hearts, instill faith in them, and bring them into the Promised Land by HIS Mighty Hand - ALONE!
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