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I already knew (I am a Master Prophet) that there would be some miscommunication. That is due to the limited space, the “thoughts behind my comments” (as Q would say) and just the lack of being able to think of every angle or exception that would be raised.

In summary, what I was attempting to convey is this. We must always look back to the Cross as our only static and objective measure of our position in Christ Jesus. I want to ensure that I convey that. What I was not saying is that “there will be no evident fruit and works that proceed the work of grace in the life of the believer”. I personally believe that there are two separate but 100% guaranteed works that Christ accomplishes. 1. Justification. 2. Regeneration. I will not get into the Order of Salvation in this post, but I will focus on the latter.

Regeneration promises us two things. It is the work of the Spirit that gives us the new nature and that new nature guarantees us that what God began in saving us He will continue in sanctifying us. What I mean is this. As a believer (with some minor exceptions such as premature death, or mental capacity) God promises us a work of grace that will conform us to the image of Christ Jesus. As someone used Ephesians 2:10 rightfully we were created in Christ Jesus to do good works. Not only that the Spirit that resides in us will bear fruit (how much, when, and which ones could be up for debate and makes examining them as an evidence of salvation is what I am arguing against).

Because I am convicted by the tenets of New Covenant Theology, I believe that in the Church the promise of the FULLNESS of the New Covenant including the promises of the New Heart is in operation in the Church today. The writer of Hebrews says this:

Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord,
when I will establish a new covenant with the house of Israel
and with the house of Judah,
not like the covenant that I made with their fathers
on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt.
For they did not continue in my covenant,
and so I showed no concern for them, declares the Lord.
10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel
after those days, declares the Lord:
I will put my laws into their minds,
and write them on their hearts,
and I will be their God,
and they shall be my people.
11 And they shall not teach, each one his neighbor
and each one his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’
for they shall all know me,
from the least of them to the greatest.
12 For I will be merciful toward their iniquities,
and I will remember their sins no more.”

13 In speaking of a new covenant, he makes the first one obsolete. And what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away

I hate to include all of the verses but we have to understand that the writer of the book of Hebrews (ultimately the Holy Spirit) was convinced that the Old Covenant was fully vanished (or obsolete) and the New Covenant is in full operation for those who have placed faith in Christ or better expressed the Church.

We have to understand that though the Old Covenant did have some graciousness in it, by the mere fact that God communicated with sinful man Paul calls it a “ministry of death” and earlier in Chapter 8 of Hebrews the writer says “it has better promises and is a better covenant”. Whats the difference in the two? The first places the law outside of man with no power to obey it. It is a deathly ministry. Paul says in Romans 7 “the commandments came and I died”. He goes on to say “I don’t have the ability to carry it out”.

However in the New Covenant the promises of the ability to carry it out becomes a reality. Paul says in Romans 6 “we have died to sin” and “been freed from the power of sin and death”. This freedom is a reality and a new disposition against sin. Do I carry it out? The answer is no and that is why Paul commands us in Ephesians 4 to “put on the new man”, and “don’t grieve the Spirit” both of these imply that there are times when I will not put on the new man and that I will grieve the Spirit of God. However we can no longer say as Paul says as an Old Covenant believer “I don’t have the ability”.

So I say all of that to clarify this. The TRUE believer will bear fruit, will do good works and will grow and mature given some exceptions. Why? Paul gives us another promise and work of God in Romans 8:29:

29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.

So I am not advocating antinomianism nor am I advocating a faith the produces lip service. I am advocating a faith that is real genuine but however can only truly be measured by looking at face of God in Christ “the author and finisher of our faith”. I am wanting to prevent a method today that seems to throw grenades in friendly populated areas in order to snuff out a couple of enemy soldiers. That would unwise in military tactics and that would be unwise in the body of Christ. We must be careful not to shake the faith, even if temporary, those little ones. We must be careful to safeguard their assurance not shake up the false professor. Christ will set the goats on one side and the sheep in the other. That is not our job. But again I believe in the fullness of the New Covenant one promise being that of a new heart pre-wired to love God and His commands and the ability to walk it out. Our God is faithful not only to save but also to sanctify and this promise every believer will see. God bless and sorry for any confusion.

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